Out with the old and in with the new. Today NBC announced their pick-ups for the fall 2013-2014 TV season, but some housecleaning needed to be done in order to make room for new shows. So depending on where you stand, there’s some good news and bad news for everyone.
We’re going to focus on the comedy renewals and cancellations in this post, so let’s start with the most bright news. NBC renewed Parks & Recreation for their sixth season. For fans this might seem like a no-brainer, but the show was on the bubble since the ratings aren’t stupendous but also not terrible. After all, with The Office ending (now with a 75-minute finale), they have to keep one mockumentary series alive for a bit longer.
Plus, after Patton Oswalt’s extended Star Wars filibuster took the Internet by storm, there might be some more eyes on the show next season. Maybe the producers should think about bringing Oswalt around more often. That combined with the surprising news for Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) in the season finale should make for a great season 6.
Guys with Kids and Whitney have been blasted left and right for their dated sitcom styles and pandering comedy writing, but both have their fair share of supporters. Each show has a reasonable amount of talent involved, especially the stand-up careers of Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Ella, but they just couldn’t bring that brand of humor to NBC and make it work.
Frankly, 1600 Penn felt like a great throwback to family comedies of the 90s with a bit of Modern Family flare thrown in for good measure. Josh Gad easily stole every scene (he co-created the show as well), and having Bill Pullman as the president was inspired casting. Of course, the mid-season premiere probably didn’t help, and a short first season didn’t really allow for an audience to get involved easily. We’ll be seeing Gad do plenty more on TV and film though, so this hopefully won’t hit him too hard.
Finally, we’ve been hearing about the troubled production of Up All Night ever since it went on hiatus last year. The single-camera comedy series was going to turn into a multi-camera sitcom, and was going to debut the new format when it returned this spring. But spring is quickly becoming summer, and we haven’t heard of a return date for the series.
It didn’t help that series lead Christina Applegate walked away from the show amidst these creative changes, and now NBC has finally put the last nail in the coffin and canceled it completely. At least co-star Will Arnett has the forthcoming success of another season of Arrested Development to fall back on, and we’re hoping Maya Rudolph finds something worth her extensive comedic talents sometime soon.
As of now, we’re still waiting to hear from NBC whether or not their freshman series The New Normal and Go On will be coming back, and whether or not this current season of Community will be the last.
Stay tuned for more renewals and cancellations from the other networks as well.