After 96 episodes across seven seasons, the reality series Comic Book Men has been canceled by AMC. Filmmaker, and series creator, Kevin Smith announced the news on Sunday night.
"After 96 episodes, the
@ComicBookMenAMC are now the Cancelled Book Men," Smith tweeted. "On a new #SModcast, hear Walt, Bry, Ming, Mike & I hold a Viking funeral for our @AMC_TV show and reminisce about the happy highlights of seven seasons!"
After 96 episodes, the @ComicBookMenAMC are now the Cancelled Book Men. On a new #SModcast, hear Walt, Bry, Ming, Mike & I hold a Viking funeral for our @AMC_TV show and reminisce about the happy highlights of seven seasons! With big @TellEmSteveDave news: https://t.co/C5HSs6H2F1 https://t.co/Ij6Rf9Suh8— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) June 25, 2018
Set in Smith's comic book shop Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, the series followed Smith, and cohosts Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic, and Ming Chen as they navigated the trials and tribulations of running the New Jersey-based store. The cohosts continue to appear on various podcasts through Smith's podcast network SModcast which had originally provided inspiration for the television series.
Described by Smith as "Pawn Stars for fanboys", AMC had picked up Comic Book Men in 2011 with the series premiere coinciding with the midseason return of The Walking Dead's second season in February 2012. As Smith led the cast in geek-friendly debates about pop culture while buying and selling comic-related memorabilia, the series saw guest stars including Adam West and William Shatner make appearances on the show.
The long-running reality series was one of the few unscripted programs on AMC to survive the network's mass cancellation of reality programming in 2014 in an effort to focus on more original scripted programming after the runaway success of The Walking Dead, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad. With Comic Book Men's cancellation and the fate of Talking Dead uncertain, only Ride with Norman Reedus remains confirmed as AMC's current unscripted series.