Three weeks into their (very poorly rated) freshman seasons, NBC has dropped the cancellation ax on both 'Ironside' and 'Welcome to the Family.' 'Ironside' starred Blair Underwood as the titular character, a policeman that is confined to a wheelchair following a shooting. The show is a remake of the classic Raymond Burr series of the same name, which originally aired in the 1960s.
'Welcome to the Family' is a single camera comedy starring Mike O'Malley ('Glee,' 'Yes Dear') and Mary McCormack ('In Plain Sight,' 'The West Wing') as the heads of the Yoder family, who are hit with a major culture clash when their daughter Molly (Ella Rae Peck) marries a Latino man named Junior Hernandez (Joey Haro). The two families struggle to get along, but do their best to make it work for the baby that Molly and Junior are now expecting.
'Ironside' will air one more episode before leaving the schedule. 'Family' is done effective immediately. Beginning Oct. 30, various repeats and specials will fill 'Ironside's former 10 p.m. Wednesdays slot until 'Chicago P.D.' premieres on Jan. 8. 'P.D.' is a police-based spin-off of popular sophomore drama 'Chicago Fire.' Other assorted specials, sports, and 'Parks & Recreation' episodes will take over 'Family's now vacated Thursdays 8 p.m. slot, up until the fifth season of 'Community' premieres on Jan. 2. The cult sitcom will return that night with two all new episodes.
Did 'Ironside' and/or 'Welcome to the Family' deserve more of a chance to succeed?