Deadline has reported that Peacock has cancelled Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin, which had previously been renewed for a second season early in January. The series is a spinoff from the Pitch Perfect movie series.
This is similar to both The Peripheral and A League of Their Own on Prime Video, which were both renewed for a second season and then subsequently cancelled due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. The ongoing work stoppage caused delayed production and a long time period between seasons. This resulted in the shows missing their target release dates.
Similar cancellations after renewals also took place after the pandemic, including Netflix’s The Society and I’m Not OK With This, ABC’s Stumptown, and Showtime’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
Bumper in Berlin had not started pre-production on the second season when the WGA strike started on May 2. It had the biggest comedy premiere on Peacock when it debuted on November 23, 2022.
Season one of Bumper in Berlin takes place several years after the events of Pitch Perfect and it followed Bumper Allen as he moves to Germany to advance his music career when one of his songs is a hit in Berlin.
The series starred Adam Devine (The Righteous Gemstones, Workaholics) as Bumper, Flula Borg (The Suicide Squad, Luck) as Pieter Krämer, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family, Shadowhunters) as Heidi, Lera Abova (Anna, Good Side of a Bad Man) as DJ Das Boot, Jameela Jamil (The Good Place, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law) as Gisela, and Katharina Thalbach (The Tin Drum, I’ve Never Been to New York) as Ursula.
Universal is still in business with Pitch Perfect’s Elizabeth Banks (30 Rock, Scrubs). Banks has more projects for the franchise in development with Megan Amram (Parks and Recreation, The Good Place), Bumper in Berlin‘s showrunner, who has an overall deal with Universal Television.
Peacock has several comedy series upcoming, including season two of Wolf Like Me, Ted, In The Know, and season two of We Are Lady Parts.