Global fires Jane

The network has cancelled its struggling office sitcom The Jane Show, ending the Shaftesbury series after two seasons

Global Television will not renew the homegrown sitcom The Jane Show, which starred Second City alumnus Teresa Pavlinek, for a third season.

A spokesman for Global tells Playback Daily that a mid-season replacement for the Shaftesbury Films comedy has not yet been chosen.

The second season of The Jane Show, which featured Pavlinek as Jane Black, a struggling artist-turned-copy editor in an advertising firm, aired on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on Global.

Christina Jennings, executive producer at Shaftesbury, expressed disappointment that the comedy was not picked up for a third season for want of sufficient viewership. The second season averaged an overall national audience (2+) of 147,000 — down 13% from season one, according to Global.

But she adds Shaftesbury has a host of new series in the pipeline, including a pilot for the Craig Olejnik-starring drama The Listener for CTV, directed by Clement Virgo, and Blithe & Virginia, a TV movie for CTV and Lifetime coproduced with Kelly Rowan and starring Rowan’s former O.C. costar Melinda Clarke.

For the CBC, Shaftesbury is prepping The Summit, a miniseries about G8 protests to be directed by Nick Copus (The 4400, The Dead Zone).

Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s national executive director, says it is ‘unfortunate’ his performer membership has lost another opportunity for work as The Jane Show goes down.

Waddell adds ACTRA looks forward to Global replenishing its schedule with another homegrown drama.

‘We want to make sure Global brings a replacement show and further series to its schedule, to live up to their obligations,’ he says.