A.P. Bio Back for September Semester, Though Ep Title Has Us Worried

While it won't quite be ready when NBCUniversal's new streaming service Peacock takes flight on July 15, fans of  A.P. Bio won't have to wait too much longer for the doors of Whitlock High School to be thrown open again on the Glenn Howerton (It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Patton Oswalt (Happy!) sitcom. Created by Mike O'Brien, the series suffered a very brief cancellation by NBC before the new streamer saved it and while we had some thoughts on how the series lost its way during its second run, we're feeling good about its new streaming home. Our only concern when the series returns on Thursday, September 3? The name of episode that the image below is taken from is titled "Disgraced," the season's second. Are we getting a clue as to how things went after the credits rolled at the end of the second season? Because for some reason, it feels like this doesn't bode well for Jack (Howerton).

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A.P. BIO — "Disgraced" Episode 302 — Pictured: (l-r) Glenn Howerton as Jack, Patton Oswalt as Principal Durbin — (Photo by: Chris Haston/Peacock)

When disgraced Harvard philosophy scholar Jack Griffin (Glenn Howerton, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) loses out on his dream job, he is forced to return to Toledo, Ohio, and work as a high school Advanced Placement biology teacher. As he comes crashing into Whitlock High School, Jack makes it absolutely clear that he will not be teaching any biology. Realizing he has a room full of honor roll students at his disposal, Jack decides instead to use the kids' brainpower for his own benefit. But are his students instead helping him to realize his dream job might actually be the one he has right now? Eager to prove that he is still king of the castle, Principal Durbin (Patton Oswalt, Veep) struggles to control the force of nature that is Jack Griffin.

While the series wasn't exactly a "ratings juggernaut" for NBC, it's said that a number of network executives were big supporters of the series. The show's strong digital presence was key in finalizing the decision to bring A.P. Bio to the streaming service, as was the online #SaveAPBio campaign. The series pilot pulled a 0.8 in the 18-34 demo, adjusted to a 5.6 after 100 days of delayed viewing. The series also saw strong results digitally with the 18-34 demo, with the first season being NBC's most digital-skewing show of the 2017-18 season, with 35 percent of its 18-49 audience coming from digital platforms. In the second season, A.P. Bio generated 47 percent of its 35-day demo rating from digital platforms, ranking behind only Brooklyn Nine-Nine on the various available platforms.

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A.P. Bio's Jack Griffin Tries to Write a Love Letter to His Girlfriend | At-Home Variety Show

Howerton and Oswalt are joined by Allisyn Snyder, Lyric Lewis, Mary Sohn, Jean Villepique, Tom Bennett, Paula Pell, Charlie McCrackin, Jacob McCarthy, Aparna Brielle, Nick Peine, Eddie Leavy, Jacob Houston, Sari Arambulo, Tucker Albrizzi, and Spence Moore II. A.P. Bio is written and executive produced by O'Brien, with Seth Meyers, Mike Shoemaker, Andrew Singer, and Lorne Michaels also serving as executive producers. Universal Television, Broadway Video, and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions produce.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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