Launching a show with a big name comedian has worked well in the past, but that wasn't the case for NBC's The Paul Reiser Show. The series featured the Mad About You actor as a former TV star who decides to find his next big project after taking a few years off to be with his family.
Although Reiser holds four Golden Globe nominations for his work on Mad About You, critics were less kind when it came to his own sitcom, criticizing it in part for feeling like a less fun copy of Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. The show currently sits at a dismal five percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The critical reviews didn't help the series in the ratings, and it premiered to only 3.3 million viewers and a 1.1 in the key demo, marking NBC's lowest ever comedy premiere. Its second episode fell even further, dropping to 2.5 million viewers and a 0.9, and NBC ended up pulling it and replacing it with reruns of The Office.
Reiser was none too happy with the decision. In a prickly appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, he joked, "It turns out they said we enjoy missing you more than actually having you. But listen, I don't take it personally … when you're the last place network, you don't want to jeopardize that. You've found your niche. Stay there. So, I get it." Ouch.