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NBC nearly obliterates its lineup of rookie shows

NBC pressed delete on many of the new shows that premiered in the 2013-14 TV season. "Community" starring Joel McHale.
NBC pressed delete on many of the new shows that premiered in the 2013-14 TV season. "Community" starring Joel McHale.
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NBC obliterated its crop of freshman shows. Of the 11 dramas and comedies that have debuted since September on NBC, only two have been renewed; “Chicago PD” and “The Blacklist”. Blair Underwood’s “Ironside,” a remake of the 1960’s TV series that starred Raymond Burr got the ax very early in the season. For several seasons NBC has failed to get a good grip on new police and medical dramas going all the way back to “Southland” and “Mercy”. The most recent blunder was last season’s “Prime Suspect” which I believe the network grossly mishandled.

NBC took a wrecking ball to its freshman class of TV hows, only two survived the slaughter.
NBC took a wrecking ball to its freshman class of TV hows, only two survived the slaughter.
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Even shows with star power didn't satisfy the network execs. Following “Ironside” to the true TV death, “Dracula” staring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “The Michael J. Fox Show” and Sean Hayes’ “Sean Saves the World”. The so-called high concept dramas; “Crisis” about an elaborate kidnapping of children of the world’s most powerful and the sci-fi action drama “Believe” about using people with paranormal abilities as weapons, failed to gain traction on Sunday nights.

Believe” and “Crisis” not only had to contend with a variety of other cable shows but was pitted against the “The Good Wife,” "The Mentalist," “Revenge” and “Game of Thrones”. Honestly, how could you compete against that? It’s always a toss-up for me on which one I’m going to watch first.

NBC’s list of cancellations include:

  1. The Michael J. Fox Show
  2. Growing Up Fisher
  3. Dracula
  4. Sean Saves the World
  5. Crisis
  6. Believe
  7. Ironside
  8. Welcome to the Family
  9. Community
  10. Revolution

Shows returning next season include “Hannibal,” “Law & Order:SVU” and “Chicago Fire” just to name a few.

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