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Nickelodeon Cancels Cymphonique Miller Series 'How To Rock' After One Season

Television
by Tambay A. Obenson
August 27, 2012 9:32 AM
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That was fast!

It was in December when we wrote about Nickelodeon's efforts to revitalize the network's ratings, by banking heavily on the success of a new musical TV show titled How To Rock, and its chosen star, Cymphonique Miller, a name you might immediately recognize; she's Master P's 15-year old daughter.

Will Smith often gets criticized for sheperding his children's careers, but the Master P family is certainly building an entertainment empire of its own. His son, and Cymphonique's older brother Romeo Miller, formely known as Lil Romeo, also headlined his own Nickelodeon series a few years ago, and went on to appear in big screen projects, in addition to a music career. 

No *hate* here though; not from me anyway.

And certainly none from Nickelodeon, a network that, as I said, had been facing ratings trouble, competing with the Disney Channel for kiddie eyeballs.

We’re hoping for great things from Cymphonique - a big, fat, giant hit; That’s what I’ve been working for with this series, so why not say it?” said Margie Cohn, president of original programming at Nickelodeon to the New York Times. And the company reportedly put mucho advertising muscle behind the new show; for example, an 8-part video series introducing Cymphonique Miller to the series' target audience; also a song Cymphonique sings in episode 1 of the series was made available on iTunes on Christmas day.

How to Rock, produced by the same production company responsible for The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, centers on "a popular girl who is rejected by her perfectly coiffed clique - a group of girls called “the Perfs” - after she gets glasses and braces. The joke is on them as she joins a band and creates a new cool crowd."

And the young Ms Miller stars as the girl described in the above synopsis, with the series making its debut on February 4th, 2012

Skip ahead to yesterday, August 26th, when series executive producer David Israel, announced on his blog that Nickelodeon will be canceled after season 1, the current season.

There have been rumors swirling around about the future of How To Rock so I thought it time to set the record straight. Nickelodeon has decided, unfortunately, not to give How To Rock a second season. I know this news will be very disappointing for many of you. Believe me, it’s disappointing for me, too.

And why isn't the show being renewed for a second season after all that hype? Israel had this this say:

There’s no one simple answer. Nickelodeon is going through a transition right now. You already know that iCarly and Victorious are not coming back. Nickelodeon has many new shows in production and development that they believe will better suit their audience. While I don’t love their decision, I have no choice other than to accept it. The Nickelodeon executives who’ve worked on the development and production of How to Rock have been incredibly supportive of the show this past year. They’re good people who want nothing more than to make the best shows for their audience. I know it wasn’t an easy decision for them — they truly do like the show — and I’m grateful for the time and energy they’ve put in to make How To Rock as good as it is. Or was.

So there you have it. Case closed I guess.

But for fans of the series, you should know that there are still 9 episodes left in the season. Israel says Nickelodeon will air them all, starting on September 22nd, through December 8th.

According to Deadline, the series premiere of How To Rock drew 3.3 million total viewers, winning its time slot across all of TV with kids 2-14, which is the network's target audience. 

And its ratings continued to remain strong, until a recent slip. However, average viewership has stayed above 2 million. But it doesn't look like ratings were solely responsible for the cut.

I'm not in Nickelodeon's target audience, and I haven't seen a single episode of the show (although I'll probably check out an episode or two just so I can get a feel for Cymphonique's talent, and be able to talk about the series.

No word on where she might head or what she might do next, but I'll certainly be watching the young Ms Miller's career from here-on, as she ages. 

It's not often that a TV mainstream network makes this much of an investment into project starring a person of African descent - and a relatively unproven talent as well. Although, it all matters little now, since the show's ending after its only season.

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7 Comments

  • Anonymous | August 20, 2013 1:21 PMReply

    I'm sorry, but this wasn't shocking lol. Am I the only one who was incredibly ANNOYED by Cymphonique Miller? Her acting was terrible. The facial expressions she made were too much and her speaking tones were annoying and over exaggerated. Also, they had the stupid typical nickelodeon humor that is tasteless and annoying as well. Like, the over exaggerated stupidity of a few of the characters such as Nelson and Gracie was ANNOYING as well. To be honest the only character I actually liked was Stevie haha. The show bored me and NO, This isn't because she's (Cymphonique Miller) of African decent lol, because there were show inch as That's So Raven starring Raven Symone that ran for a long time, and had a lot of energy and effort put into it and was actually pretty good. The kid sitcom shows today are just plain stupid. Not a lot of original thought, annoying character and acting as well as weak, unrealistic, an just plain dumb story lines. I don't know cymphonique miller personally and I'm not hating on we as a person or any other actors or creators of the show. Her character and behavior on the show along with the story line and situations just really bothered and annoyed me. Just stupid... it's not very shocking that it was cancelled... Sorrynotsorry. :(

  • Anonymous | February 2, 2013 10:50 AMReply

    that was my favorite show on nickelodeon.. i dont understand.. im very upset with you guys

  • Anonymous | October 18, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    Well that's stupid! Why would try cancel all these good shows just to out on new ones that nobody gives a crap about?

  • Anonymous | October 18, 2012 11:13 PM

    I dont know thats just whAt they thought was best

  • Jen | August 28, 2012 7:50 AMReply

    There are a glut of Disney/Nick shows about teen musical performers and this one was just another version. While not bad, it did not distinguish itself from the pack.

  • JMac | August 27, 2012 2:09 PMReply

    I watched a few episodes with my nieces and to tell you the truth, the show was not that good or should I say Cymphonique was not that captivating. It's a music show and although she did a decent/average job, she wasn't convincing at being a "star performer." She's not talented enough or have the personality to carry a big fat giant hit show. She would have been better suited as a supporting cast member.

  • ALM | August 27, 2012 12:50 PMReply

    Master P's kids are older (& don't have "fake" tongue piercings), so that's why he doesn't catch as much flack. As for this statement, "Nickelodeon is going through a transition right now. You already know that iCarly and Victorious are not coming back." This is code for Nickelodeon doesn't want to pay the stars of hit shows such as "iCarly" and "Victorious", so they are going to start over with new shows with younger kids that they can pay much, much less to.

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