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Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Young Rock’ on NBC has been cancelled
June 10, 2023
NBC has reportedly canceled two of the three bubble comedies andYoung Rock” was among the cancellations of this season, per The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which follows the childhood and formative years of Hollywood and wrestling icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (“Hobbs & Shaw,” “Black Adam”), will not return for a fourth season.
The Rock’s ‘Young Rock’ has been canceled by NBC after three seasons
“Young Rock” ends with three seasons and 37 episodes. The series was created by Johnson himself along with Jeff Chiang and Nahnatchka Khan. Another canceled show was the sophomore series, “Grand Crew.” Another NBC comedy, “American Auto,” is said to still be on the bubble.
“Young Rock” also featured Johnson playing himself in fictional scenes set in the future. Johnson also voiced on the show, with actor Joseph Lee Anderson portraying Johnson’s real-life father, the late WWE Hall of Famer Rocky Johnson.
The series also starred actor Adrian Groulx as young Dwayne, usually between the ages of 10 and 14. Bradley Constant played young Dwayne in his teenage years and Uli Latukefu played young Dwayne in his late teens and early to mid 20s. Stacey Leilua played his mother, Ata Johnson, and Ana Tuisila played his grandmother, Lia Maivia.
In the later seasons, Johnson began his career in WWE, where he wrestled as a good guy, or “babyface”, that the fans didn’t care about. However, when Johnson turned around and became a bad guy, fans began going wild for his character and persona known as “The Rock.” The Rock became one of the biggest stars in wrestling, and later went on to a successful Hollywood film career.
The cancellations come amid a labor strike by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) against the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). THR notes that the strike is causing networks to wait and see some of their bubble shows, and some will have to decide whether to sign contracts with actors, delay decisions on bubble shows, or decide to cancel. them. “Young Rock” seems to fall into the latter category.
Moving nights probably didn’t help the sitcom in the last season either. After the show experienced declining ratings from its debut season, it was moved to Fridays in 2022-2023. This put the show directly against WWE’s “Friday Night SmackDown,” which airs Friday nights from 8:00-10:00 PM on FOX. The show, which was moved to Fridays, has long been considered a “dead period” due to the belief that young people often do not watch shows on Friday nights.
Actors’ union SAG-AFTRA may also strike against AMPTP if a new contract is not reached by the upcoming June 30 deadline. According to The Blast, more than 97% of eligible members voted in the recent strike authorization ballot with an overwhelming majority voting in favor of the action. This means that the National Board of SAG-AFTRA can call a strike as early as July 1 if they do not sign a new contract with AMPTP.
Fans and viewers who still want to watch “Young Rock” can stream all three seasons of 37 episodes on Peacock.