NBC has renewed veteran comedy Community for a fifth season. The show has been through a rollercoaster of a season, premiering to extremely high (for it) numbers before crashing back down shortly thereafter. Still, numbers picked up, especially in the 18-34 demo, enough in the final weeks of the season to warrant another season, likely as a midseason replacement. Critically, the show wasn’t as strong this season, but its syndication package will be beefed up by another season and NBC will get a performer with a loyal, loud fanbase.
Meanwhile, the network has cancelled two additional series: Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal and Rock Center with Brian Williams. The former isn’t much of a surprise, considering how it collapsed without The Voice as a lead-in, much like fellow freshman comedy Go On. The New Normal, which wrapped its season pre-sweeps, also had no buzz to speak of, something unusual for a Ryan Murphy production. Meanwhile, the latter was more of a surprise, considering that it was a cheap slot filler from one of the leading voices at the network and would make for an interesting bench player. It has never been a ratings performer, though, and with NBC focused so heavily on rebuilding, it might have been considered dead weight. Still, I wonder why a midseason (or Saturday) slot wasn’t deemed appropriate in this situation.
NBC is set to reveal its 2013-2014 schedule on Sunday, May 12th, with its upfront presentation the morning of Monday, May 13th.
What do you hope to see out of a fifth Community season? Did The New Normal end with enough closure for your liking? Why do you think they dismissed Rock Center?