Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Summing Up All of Last Night's Crazy NBC Scheduling News

We reported earlier in the evening that Anne Heche's Save Me and Ryan Murphy's The New Normal were joining Matthew Perry's Go On in NBC's fall schedule. Even later last night, NBC picked two more single-camera sitcom pilots, 1600 Penn and Animal Practice. 1600 Penn is a White House-set family sitcom, co-created and starring Josh Gad. Animal Practice is a comedy set in the office of a curmudgeonly veterinarian (Justin Kirk). Also announced was that Greg Daniels's Friday Night Dinner, Sarah Silverman, Hilary Winston, and Roseanne's Downwardly Mobile no longer have a shot to be picked up.

Will these new comedies affect our old favorites? Yes, pretty significantly. To make room, NBC is going to likely give a lot of the returning shows shortened, 13-14 episode, orders. 30 Rock is likely to come back for short final season, as already had been rumored. Community and Parks & Recreation's renewal is likely, especially for Parks, but expect it to be for only half the year. Whitney and Up All Night, however, aren't looking as good, especially Whitney, so we probably won't see either next year.

What does this mean? It’s hard to say what these new comedies are going to be like but they surely seem like a different sort of NBC comedy. The comedy nerd pedigrees aren't there and they could've been with Friday Night Dinner and Sarah Silverman on the table. NBC has made it clear before, but now it's crystal, they want out of the critically-approved, poorly-rated sitcom business.

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  • Slutface

    Maybe TBS will pick up Best Friends Forever?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1625377858 Jason Nafziger

    Everybody still against the idea of an Office reboot…?

  • TuchmanMarsh

    Animal Practice actually has some great people working on it. Joe & Anthony Russo (who previously directed the pilots for Arrested Development, Community, and Happy Endings) directed the pilot, while Scot Armstrong and Ravi Nandan, who previously executive produced on Best Friends Forever, are also EP's on Animal Practice. If that isn't a "comedy nerd pedigree" I don't know what is.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Galen-Andrews/14835526 Galen Andrews

      Well that one may be worth a shot but the others don't look that interesting to me. Still pretty disappointed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Galen-Andrews/14835526 Galen Andrews

    Damnit, I was really looking forward to Sarah Silverman. These new shows don't sound very promising to me either. I hope 30 rock, Community, and Parks and Rec get full seasons too. This sounds pretty terrible.

  • jcb

    What is NBC thinking? They pick up "Animal Practice" and NOT "Friday Night Dinner"? Who is making these decisions? No wonder the network is going up in smoke.

  • Ellent

    The Sarah Silverman show was dropped due to test audience reaction. Apparently Silverman insisted that someone named Tig Notaro be cast. The test audiences couldn't stand Notaro but Silverman refused to listen. Notaro is a butch lesbian. Hmmmm.