If there's one night that NBC just can't seem to get any traction on, it's Thursday. The days of shows like 'Seinfeld,' 'Friends,' and 'Frasier,' making up the Peacock's vaunted 'Must See TV' Thursday comedy block are long gone. As of this year, even 'The Office' has faded into the sunset. With the low rated 'Parks & Recreation' now the sole Thursday night veteran, NBC came into the 2013-2014 TV season with the somewhat Herculean task of selling America on three all new comedies.
One freshman series, the culture-shock comedy 'Welcome to the Family' has already been sent to the big TV graveyard in the sky. That leaves NBC with two remaining new Thursday comedies to worry about, both of which star established sitcom names. 'The Michael J. Fox Show' was given a 22 episode first season up front, so the former Marty McFly has plenty of time to earn himself a second season. That makes 'Sean Saves the World' the big question mark of NBC Thursdays.
Fronted by 'Will & Grace's Sean Hayes, 'Sean Saves the World' has hardly been setting the world on fire, spending most of the season under the 1.5 mark so far. NBC ordered four additional scripts a few months back, but that hardly guaranteed anything. ABC previously ordered additional scripts for the James Caan comedy 'Back in the Game,' only to suddenly drop the ax on it last week. This weekend, NBC finally took a concrete step toward continuing 'Sean', ordering five additional episodes. This brings the first season to a total of 18 installments.
While that is certainly a vote of confidence, it by no means guarantees that the show will get a second season. 'Sean' has experienced an unexpected ratings spike in the last two weeks, which probably had a lot to do with the five episode back order. If that spike ends, these five episodes may very well be the last order the show gets.
Are you happy that 'Sean Saves the World' is getting more episodes? Should it be renewed?