The pick ups and throw aways keep coming fast and furious this week, as I'm here to cover the fates of six more shows, this time on NBC.
First off, bad news for Kathy Bates fans. After two seasons, and several creative upheavals, NBC has decided to cut their losses and cancel Harry's Law. The show actually got quite good overall ratings, but the audience skewed too old for advertisers' tastes, drawing a dismal number in the 18-49 demo. Personally, I hate thinking like this. Is nobody outside of that demo allowed to have a favorite show? Do old people not buy things? I don't get it. Kathy Bates tweeted the following to fans - "Sad news today. Harry’s Law will not be renewed for a 3rd season. We are all terribly sad. Many thanks for all your support.” Harry's Law producer David E. Kelley probably isn't too broken up though, as he's set to have the new series Chicago Fire on the NBC fall schedule.
On the laugh front, veteran comedies The Office and Parks & Recreation are expected to get officially picked up any day now. The Office has been on a downward slide since the departure of Steve Carell, but I guess NBC isn't quite ready to put this cash cow out to pasture yet. Next season will see a lot of changes at Dunder-Mifflin, with James Spader exiting stage left, Mindy Kaling leaving to a sitcom on FOX, and show-runner Paul Liberstein and Rainn Wilson moving on to the new Dwight-centric spinoff.
As for Parks & Rec, despite low ratings, the show is coming back with 22 all new episodes. I guess the critical praise, and extremely dedicated core fanbase was enough to convince the Peacock network that another year was worth the trouble. Plus, at this point we're nearing the syndication number of 100, so might as well keep it going for at least two more seasons and then sell off re-runs for a bunch of cash. Hey, it worked for Scrubs.
Critical, but never ratings darling 30 Rock has also been picked up for a 13 episode final season. With Alec Baldwin loudly making noise about wanting to be done with the show, this news is far from surprising. Honestly, I'm shocked it's been going this long. Community consistently outdraws it in the Nielsens, and yet Community is always "on the bubble" every year, and 30 Rock is usually seen as a sure pick up. I guess it must be all those Emmy awards blinding the executives.
On the freshman comedy beat, Christina Applegate/Will Arnett comedy Up All Night has managed to squeak its way to a second season. The order is for thirteen episodes, and will most likely see the show premiere in mid-season. The ratings weren't great, but the critical praise and name value of the two stars seem to have gone a long way to getting another run. Its good to be on the lowest rated network some times.
And now, for the single most baffling renewal of the entire season. The Whitney Cummings vehicle Whitney has been renewed for another go-around. I don't have a clue what to say here. The ratings here were even worse than for Up All Night. The show was one of the most critically ravaged in recent network comedy history. In other words, critics and viewers both seem to agree that it's terrible. And yet it's been renewed, while quality shows like Awake are canceled. What. The. Hell.
Sources: EW.com, and... well... EW.com. What can I say, they break news often.