Unlike CBS, NBC is taking their time when it comes to announcing their program renewals. On Thursday March 22 the peacock network granted the Broadway musical drama Smash a deserved second season. Though the scale seemed to tip the other way during its run thus far (with so-so ratings and high production value meaning it’s likely expensive to produce), NBC ultimately decided to keep the flashy drama on its radar at least for another year. Though the show’s ratings are not extraordinary (it averages 7.7 million total viewers and a 2.6 demo rating in adults 18-49), Smash does rank as the network’s highest rated drama this season in those aforementioned categories. Season 2 will consist of 15 episodes (that’s up from this season’s 13) and Smash‘s creator/showrunner/executive producer Theresa Rebeck will be returning in a lesser capacity. Deadline reports that she will keep her executive producer title and might write a few episodes, but she will no longer be involved in the oversight of everything else. It still hasn’t been determined who will step in to take over the reigns from Rebeck. Before the news of renewal, Rebeck shared with the press that Smash season 1 would “take Marilyn to an out-of-town tryout, her first really public presentation,” and that a potential (and now set in stone) season 2 would tackle the question “how does Marilyn fare in New York?”
Also renewed at NBC? The Friday night sci-fier Grimm.
Oh how much I love it when networks decide to give great TV shows a deserved chance at prolonged success. And oh do I hate it when they stab us in the back (read: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Pushing Daisies). Here’s a roundup of some of the great shows that were given “the back nine” and will complete their first seasons with 20+ episodes. (Note: Full season pickups are usually granted to new series; it is assumed that third+ year series will be given full seasons prior to the shows premieres.)
ABC: FlashForward, Modern Family, Castle
FOX: Glee, The Cleveland Show (it’s also been picked up for a second season)
NBC: Community, Parks & Recreation
All shows were granted a full 22 episode season. FlashForward, interestingly, was granted an above-average 25 episodes. Music to my ears if you ask me.
Others I don’t care much for: ABC’s Cougar Town, The Middle; CBS’s Accidentally on Purpose, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife.
What got cancelled? NBC’s Trauma. I don’t think the man in the helicoptor loves his job anymore.
I will update this space as the remainder of fall TV series are renewed and/or cancelled.
For now, celebrate by krumping along with Community’s Abed and Troy after the break!