NBC has cancelled three more bubble comedies, in addition to the already canceled 1600 Penn. Sophomore multi-cam (and critic punching bag) Whitney, retooled Up All Night, and Jimmy Fallon-produced Guys with Kids have all been axed by the network, which is looking to rebuild its comedy slate from the ground up.
None of the three cancellations come as a surprise, especially given how many comedy pilots NBC has ordered and the dearth of buzz from all three. Whitney was a solid enough performer last season, earning a surprise renewal in the process, but its episode order was cut, its premiere was delayed, and it was never given a strong companion on Wednesdays, as it was linked up with Guys with Kids. Up All Night‘s case was much stranger – the show was creatively retooled between seasons, only to bleed audience as a result. It was taken off the air with the intention of transforming into a multi-camera comedy, but it never got to film an episode. The five multi-cam episodes turned to one, star Christina Applegate and creator Emily Spivey left the production, and Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph quickly moved on to other work.
The cancellation of Up All Night also means that Parks and Recreation will be the only Thursday comedy from last fall to return to NBC, although Community and Go On, both past Thursday occupants, have yet to have their fate determined. Also in limbo is Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal.
NBC is set to reveal its 2013-2014 schedule on Sunday, May 12th, with an upfronts presentation the following day.
Should NBC have given any of these comedies another chance? Which of the three will you miss the most? Does all the comedy cancellation mean that the network will pick up a hefty number of new series?