Throw those textbooks out, A.P. Bio revived by NBC!
In a move that almost seemed wouldn’t happen, NBC has heard the outcry from fans and has decided to reverse its decision to cancel the cult comedy series A.P. Bio and have revived it for a third season for its upcoming untitled streaming service, according to Variety.
The series, created by Mike O’Brien (Saturday Night Live), follows disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin as he is forced to return to his hometown of Toledo, Ohio as an advanced-placement biology teacher, choosing not to teach the class in the slightest and instead focus on how to get revenge on his former rival Miles Griffin (Tom Bennett, David Brent: Life on the Road), while Principal Ralph Durbin (Patton Oswalt, Happy!) attempts to rein him in.
The teaser for the second season shows that not only has Jack decided to stay on and teach at Whitlock High School, but he has also come up with a new scheme on how to escape Toledo by writing a book on how the middle class workers in town still find happiness in their lives.
The first season, which premiered early in 2018, received generally positive reviews from critics, with a lot of the praise going to the cast, namely Howerton (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) in the lead role as the cynical and frustrated Jack. The cast also includes Aparna Brielle, Jacob Houston (American Vandal), Allisyn Arm (Astrid Clover), Nick Peine (Office Christmas Party), Eddie Leavy (Those Who Can’t), and the first season featured guest stars Collette Wolfe (You’re the Worst), Niecy Nash (Claws) and Taran Killam (Single Parents).
The second season of A.P. Bio premiered on March 7 to continued to positive reviews from critics and even larger reviews from audiences, but the series continued to struggle in the ratings, averaging roughly two million viewers and led NBC to cancel the series. However, with support from fans including celebrities such as Mark Hamill and very strong online viewership through NBC’s website and streaming service Hulu, the second best behind its revived run of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the network has chosen to reverse its decision.
“I’m so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the fans,” executive producer Mike O’Brien said in a statement. “The cast and I are thrilled that we get to make more and I’m excited to work with the NBCU streaming platform.”
The first and second seasons of A.P. Bio can be streamed through NBC’s website and Hulu!