NBC Role Call

08/08/2011 at 11:56 pm | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | 2 Comments

Up now, NBC.  What shows survived the 2010-2011 season, and what shows bit the big one.  Scroll down for the complete list of shows – as well as my thoughts on the network’s decisions:

Renewed:

Chuck

Celebrity Apprentice

Who Do You Think You Are?

The Sing-Off

The Biggest Loser

Community

Harry’s Law

Parenthood

30 Rock

Parks & Recreation

Law & Order: SVU

The Office

Cancelled:

The Cape

Outlaw

Friday Night Lights – Final Season

The Paul Reiser Show

Undercovers

Minute to Win It (?)

School Pride

Chase

The Event

Law & Order: LA

Perfect Couples

Outsourced

America’s Next Great Restaurant

My Thoughts:

Wow, this was quite a frustrating year for NBC.  After being bashed by viewers and the industry itself for the Leno M-F 10p strip (which took away work from writers), they needed to rehab their image and get back in good favor.  Due to that, NBC ordered up a bunch of new shows – mostly dramas – to entice viewers back.  The Cape, Outlaw, Undercovers, Chase, The Event – these shows promised to give a fresh twist on a familiar setting.  The result?

A near-unanimous cold shoulder.   Outlaw, Chase, and The Cape (a midseason show) were practically DOA.  The Event started off promising; but its ratings started to spiral downwards rather quickly.  It did manage to get a full season order, but after its winter break, the audience had moved on.

Law & Order: LA was a show that was created to appease the fans that were mad because NBC reneged on their promise to renew the original Law & Order a year back (had it been renewed a 21st season, it would have been the longest running primetime drama in TV history, beating Gunsmoke).  Turns out, it only took fans a few weeks into the show to realize that they were still mad.  Even after retooling the show (killing off Skeet’s character, making Molina the focal character), the ratings never got to a comfortable level.  I was sad to hear it got cancelled, as a buddy of mine was going to be a recurring character.

A handful of freshman sitcoms came and went – The Paul Reiser Show, Perfect Couples, and Outsourced.  Premiering after The Office, Outsourced actually did impressive numbers.  However, when it was moved after 30 Rock (at 10:30p EST), the numbers dropped down to tiny bits.  Midseason show Perfect Couples didn’t even get to run its entire short order, but at least it lasted longer than its replacement – The Paul Reiser Show – which was canned after only two airings.

No word yet on Minute to Win It’s fate.  Here’s the deal: It’s not scheduled for Fall 2011 or Midseason 2012 – but if (and when) new shows get cancelled, this cheap game show will be quick and easy to produce some filler installations.  The ratings when the series first started were stellar, but – like every other primetime game show – it started to over-saturate the schedule to the point of viewer indifference.  But don’t count it out yet.

Are you shocked that The Office (sans Carell) and The Biggest Loser (sans Jillian Michaels) were renewed?  That’s silly!  They are the top-rated shows for NBCThe Office does well with the high-income households as well.  Those shows aren’t going anywhere.

Now Law & Order: SVU will be one to watch, ratings-wise.  Christopher Meloni won’t be returning, and Mariska Hargitay will only appear for the first 13 episodes of the 22-ep order.  Kelli Giddish (Chase) & Danny Pino (Cold Case) will be the two new leads.  While a strong performer for NBC, fans seem to have invested a lot in their favorite detective team over the past 12 seasons.  I’ll be interested if the show will stay high, or start going downward like CSI once Patterson left.

30 Rock has never been a ratings winner, but it’s the perfect storm for habitual NBC renewal – combining Emmy nods, Tina Fey, & Lorne Michaels.  This show will last as long as Fey wants to keep it going, but longer than Alec Baldwin would prefer.

Community also is a meager with ratings, but it has a lot of things going for it (besides being one of my favorites) – It didn’t totally get destroyed by The Big Bang Theory, and its numbers didn’t dip when American Idol joined the party midseason.  In fact, it retained the majority of its fall numbers.  NBC has to be thankful of that – you can’t ask much more than that for your Thursday night primetime kick-off show.  It got a full season order too – which will get it up to over 66 episodes.  What does that mean?  That means it’s more than likely going to get a fourth season renewal as well.  In this day-and-age, a show needs 88 episodes to be stripped (meaning entering a Monday-Friday) syndication run.

For fall, Chuck will run on Fridays.  It’s looking like the 13-episode order will be the final episodes of The Little Dramedy That Could.

 

So what do YOU think?  Are you happy/upset about any of the choices NBC made?  Would you have done anything differently? 

Sound off below in the comments section, or email me at iamnoahjames@yahoo.com

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  1. I always hate what NBC does to shows. They never really seem to give shows a good opportunity to work their ratings out. They are quick to pull the trigger on the cancellation button. Don’t get me wrong, there are really only two shows from NBC that got cancelled that I actually watched (Outsourced and The Cape) and they both deserved to get cancelled.

    As far as the renewals go. I really think it’s time they let Chuck and the Office die. Chuck just seems to be grasping at straws for new ideas every week and the Office should have never gone past this season. When will tv shows learn that when you replace one of the main characters, it very rarely works out.

  2. NBC shows have a tendency to lean towards sucking. Some of them start off well – *coughs* Heroes *coughs* – but quickly take a turn for the unwatchable. Sad about Chuck. I liked that show. Undercovers and The Cape I knew would vanish after a few episodes, same w/ The Event. NBC needs to quit it w/ these high concept shows.


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