With network upfronts week right around the corner, it is an exciting time to be a TV fan. Not only are the networks announcing which pilots have been picked up to series, but the fates of existing shows are also being decided. Case in point, the ol' Peacock announced today that they are renewing one veteran comedy, and canceling four other less established series.
First up, the good news. Parks & Recreation will indeed be returning for a full sixth season. This renewal isn't too surprising, as P&R is the only NBC comedy (outside of the soon departing Office) that manages to post even close to respectable numbers. The show's fifth season just ended on May 2nd.
Now for the rundown of those comedies that aren't so lucky. First on the chopping block is Whitney, which quite inexplicably got picked up for a second season last year. The show was the victim of many a critical ravaging, and averaged less than satisfactory ratings numbers from the beginning. It still remains a mystery to me as to why it received a stay of execution before, but NBC has apparently decided not to make the same mistake twice.
Also axed is the Josh Gad fronted political comedy 1600 Penn. Barely anyone bothered to tune in for the premiere, and the downward trend continued unabated from there. The only real notable aspect of the series seems to be that they got Bill Pullmann to play the President again. This announcement has been a mere formality for quite some time.
Next to meet the reaper is Up All Night. The original plan for the show seemed to be to focus on the two lead characters' struggles trying to balance work with their first child. Things changed drastically along the way, with the premise morphing into more of a workplace comedy, with added focus on Maya Rudolph's Ava character. The plan then became to change the series format from single-camera to multi-camera with a live audience. Before this could happen, series co-star Christina Applegate exited stage left. Up All Night was officially doomed from that moment on.
Finally, Jimmy Fallon produced freshman sitcom Guys With Kids won't be returning. The comedy finished its 17 episode inaugural season back in February, and not a peep has been heard since. That is until today. Like pretty much every NBC comedy, GWK suffered greatly from downright awful ratings, coming in dead last on almost every night it aired.
Are you glad Parks & Rec is coming back in the fall? Will you miss Whitney, 1600 Penn, Up All Night or Guys With Kids?