I think it’s fascinating that Rashida Jones — daughter of Quincy, formerly of Parks and Recreation — has fingers in so many pies these days. She has a new TV series coming out on TBS next year, which was created by Nancy and Steve Carell; she’s exec-producing a TV series, Girls without Boys, starring Steven Spielberg’s daughter, Sasha; and she’s co-writing Toy Story 4 with Will McCormack, who co-wrote Jones’ directorial debut, Celeste and Jess Forever and wrote an episode of A to Z.
That show is also produced by Rashida Jones, and after it was announced last week that the series had been effectively cancelled (episode orders were stopped), Rashida Jones took to Twitter this week in an attempt to save it from an “official” cancellation.
It might be working.
Overnight ratings for last night’s episode are in, and the series jumped a whopping 43 percent over ratings for last week. That’s an amazing jump. Unfortunately, it only jumped to 3.2 million viewers and a 1.0 rating, which is still easily in cancellation territory (unless you are The Mindy Project and you are on the struggling Fox network).
Then again, we don’t have full 30-day VOD/DVR numbers on the series yet, and as we have been seeing, once DVR and streaming views have been taken into account, lots of series are seeing significant jumps (Mindy and New Girl has seen jumps of more than double their overnight viewers, and Gotham’s premiere jumped from 8.6 million viewers to a whopping 22 million viewers).
All of which is to say, A to Z might not be finished yet (but it probably will be). Personally, I’m sticking with it. It’s an obnoxious Katey Sagal voice over and two obnoxious best friends away from being a very cute sitcom.
In related news: ABC has cancelled Selfie.