TV News: ‘Parks & Rec’ & ‘Parenthood’ Renewed for Final Seasons, ‘Dracula’ Canceled & More

Published 12 months ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 4:58 pm,

This Week in TV:

NBC renews Parenthood and Parks and Recreation for their final seasons; Dracula gets canceled after just one season; five rookie shows, including The Crazy Ones, Bad Teacher and Hostages, get axed by CBS; and Georgia King (The New Normal) and Sarah Baker (Go On) decide to exit CBS’ reboot of The Odd Couple.

While Community sadly got the ax from NBC this past week, the network renewed other veteran series Parks and Recreation and Parenthood for one last go-round – seasons 7 and 6, respectively.

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The renewal for Parks was certainly expected, and after creator Michael Schur said the show was “fairly likely” to end after season 7 last month, this confirmation of next season being the show’s last isn’t surprising either. Still, passionate fans of Leslie Knope and her not so hard working Pawnee staff will surely be sad to see the show come to an end.

Meanwhile, Parenthood‘s renewal news was somewhat soured by the announcement of the show’s final run, considering it appeared the network was gaining more confidence in the series after airing 22 episodes this past season, compared to just 15 in season 4. Though season 5 ratings haven’t been stellar for the veteran family drama (2.3 among adults 18-49), it steadily outperformed its lead-in, The Michael J. Fox Show, giving NBC no choice but to bring Parenthood back.

Parenthood will return to NBC for its final season this fall, while Parks and Recreation season 7 is slated for a midseason premiere.

Source: EW

After ordering a slew of new shows – including The Odd Couple – over the weekend, CBS threw five of its freshman underperformers to the curb, canceling The Crazy Ones, Hostages, Friends with Better Lives, Bad Teacher and Intelligence.

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With stars Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar leading the way, The Crazy Ones was saddled with high expectations, which it failed to meet in the network’s Thursday comedy block. Reportedly, creator David E. Kelley delivered an impassioned pitch for a season 2, but apparently it wasn’t enough to convince CBS execs that The Crazy Ones could build an audience.

Comedies Friends with Better Lives and Bad Teacher suffered from the same problem, but unlike Bad Teacher – which was canned after just three episodes – Friends with Better Lives received some support from the network (the show might be shopped elsewhere now).

Meanwhile, dramas Hostages and Intelligence both failed to hit their target audiences and cancellations appeared inevitable from the get-go. The network is hoping to find more success in the drama department with Vince Gilligan’s Battle Creek, which received a straight-to-series order late last year.

After these recent cancellations, Mom and The Millers were the only freshman series at CBS to earn season 2 renewals.

Source: Deadline

Vampires may be immortal, but even Dracula wasn’t safe from cancellation this week, as NBC canned the horror drama after just one season.

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Although Dracula premiered to stronger ratings than its NBC horror contemporary Hannibal, interest in the series quickly dissolved as the season plodded along. According to Deadline, the network also had some issues working with star Jonathan Rhys Meyers, who, despite posing problems on set, ended up receiving praise from many critics for his portrayal of the titular master vampire.

Many sci-fi and horror fans were certainly rooting for Dracula to succeed, but with Grimm and Hannibal still on NBC, as well as Constantine coming later this fall, genre aficionados should still have strong content and intriguing stories to sink their teeth into.

Source: Deadline

After landing its two leads and a series order, CBS’ reboot of The Odd Couple starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon appeared to have everything going for it, but supporting cast members Georgia King (The New Normal) and Sarah Baker (Go On) set the show back a tad this week by exiting the project.

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Originally cast as series regulars, both King and Baker are said to have left the show for creative reasons. King was set to play Katie, a model who lives in Felix (Lennon) and Oscar’s (Perry) building, while Baker – who worked with Perry on Go On – had signed on to play Sam, Oscar’s assistant. Reportedly, Baker’s character was written specifically for her by Perry, who is serving as co-writer and executive producer, as well as star, on the new series.

With most of its ensemble still locked in, CBS plans to recast the roles vacated by King and Baker. At the moment, there’s no word on who may take their places, but obviously, the departures present the network with a setback as it prepares the series for a midseason debut.

Along with Perry and Lennon in the iconic roles of mismatched roommates Oscar and Felix, The Odd Couple‘s cast currently includes Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Lindsay Sloane (Weeds).

We’ll see who else joins the cast as the show nears its premiere. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest news on The Odd Couple.

Source: TV Line

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  1. It’s going to suck seeing Parks & Rec end after this season.

  2. You know what else sucks? Dracula….

    Get i- yeah you get it. I couldn’t resist.

    • Oh Sage, that ages-old joke bites!

  3. Dracula was not the best, but i liked it. Would have liked to see another season.

  4. Personally I won’t entertain watching any more genre programmes from America because you can guarantee that if you like it then it’ll get cancelled. No neat wrap ups for those that followed it – just cancelled. Instead they continue to churn out puerile ‘comedies’ like Parks and Recreation that pretty much rely on people falling over to get a laugh. Also if they do succeed then they’ll stretch it out to the point that stories become so convoluted and pointless that they end up becoming boring. Then they get the characters to have a dream and start a singing career. American TV companies suck big time because they simply do not care about the viewers.

    • Sadly you are right !
      Here in Asia most TV Shows are just filmed completely,the have a beginning,middle and end!
      Always the story is finished !

      Hate how most American Shows just aim for ratings and stretch it to its bad !

    • jem0013, you’ve honestly said what a lot of British fans of US TV shows have been saying for years. That’s why people over here increasingly stream shows on non-subscription websites, they don’t want to pay companies like Netflix but at the same time, they don’t want to invest weeks or even months of their time on a show, only for a US network to cancel it while also getting frustrated that bad shows go on for season after season after season with no sign of being cancelled (I honestly haven’t met anybody who thinks any of Chuck Lorre’s shows are funny for example but they still continue year after year).

      It’s incredibly frustrating. I’m disappointed in Dracula’s cancellation and am about to tell my brother and cousin, who both also enjoyed the show and will share my sentiments about NBC apparently not having the first clue how to handle good shows.

  5. In Marketing the mantra are : “location,location,location”
    In TV industry the mantra are : ” ratings,ratings,ratings”

  6. The only show in this article that I have any interest in (new or cancelled) is The Odd Couple. I might give it a peek to see if it is any good. Noone can beat the old Tony Randall and Jack Klugman team-up, though; they were a great pairing!

  7. Why in the world would NBC hold Parks & Rec until mid-season???
    I guess Thursday night comedies are going to be a thing of the past.

  8. i totally think Lucy would have been a threat, making her own band of vampires, possibly biting and resurrecting Lady Jayne who would have went after Dracula for revenge while Van Helsing and Harker tracked them all down. Then have Lucy, still obsessed with Mina, turn her into a thrall. I just wish Dracula would have got a second season, it was like Dowton Abbey with fangs.