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Showtime Cancels Dice

A third season of this semi-autobiographical series? No dice. 

Per The Hollywood Reporter, Showtime has canceled Dice after two seasons on the air. 

Confirmation of the cancelation comes after network CEO David Nevins stated earlier in January that Dice wouldn't be returning. A toxic mix of low ratings in its freshman season (191,000 total viewers) and the dreaded sophomore slump (an unsavory 146,000 total viewers) sealed the show's fate. 

From creator Scot Armstrong (Old School, The Hangover Part II) and producer Fox 21 Television Studios, Dice dove into the many different sides of comedian Andrew Dice Clay, exploring his identity outside the larger-than-life character who once rocked Madison Square Garden in sold-out events. The series chronicled the unemployed comic as he struggled with his affinity for gambling and picked up gigs in Las Vegas, hoping to revive his career and continue supporting his family as a loving father and boyfriend. 

Dice also starred Kevin Corrigan as Milkshake, Natasha Leggero as Carmen, Brad Morris as Brett, Cedric Yarbrough as Russell Patterson, Ron Livingston as Sydney Stein, Patrick Fischler as Toby, Chris Williams as Marvin, Mary Holland as Trudy, Andrew Daly as Richard, Lorraine Bracco as Toni, and Billy Gardell as Frank Rizanski. Several celebrities appeared in the series as themselves, including David Arquette, James Woods, Adrien Brody, Criss Angel, Wayne Newton, Rita Rudner, Tony Orlando, Michael Imperioli, Mickey Rourke, and Yakov Smirnoff. 

The move to give Dice the ax follows off the back of better news the network issued today: Lena Waithe's drama series The Chi was renewed for a second season.