NBC: Fall 2012
The May Upfronts bring a slew of announcements by the networks. This week we focus on the fate of shows you should care about at NBC.
Parks and Recreation surprised many of its fans by obtaining a full 22 episode pickup for its fifth season. The series is remaining in the Thursday night comedy block airing at 9:30.
Community was given a 13 episode fourth season pickup by the network. The show will change timeslots from Thursdays to Friday nights at 8:30 in the fall paired with Whitney (returning for its second season). The shows do not seem like a good match, but Community on Fridays is better than no Community at all in my opinion.
It was announced late Friday evening that Dan Harmon is in fact not returning as the showrunner of Community. Without Harmon, we could see a very different Community next season. The show’s self-referential humor and intricate plots seem to come straight out of the creator’s mind. Will another person be able to come in and carry the show? I’m not sure.
Awake: Perhaps the saddest cancellation of all freshman shows, Awake is strike two for writer and creator Kyle Killen. Killen wowed myself and critics with his series Lonestar – cancelled after airing 2 episodes – and created an interesting and inventive sophomore effort in Awake. The cast, led by Jason Isaacs, was excellent and included one of the few onscreen teens that acted like a human being. We have yet to see how the series will wrap up at the end of this season, but for better or worse the journey so far has kept me enthralled.
Chuck: Alright, so Chuck was not really cancelled and this is not a surprise to anyone. Going into this most recent season, the fans and creative team behind Chuck knew that they would be airing the last episodes of the series. That being said, I will still very much miss Chuck, Casey, Sarah, Morgan, and the rest of the Buy More gang. RIP.
Bent: Bent was a show that most people reading this probably haven’t heard of. For some unknown reason, this half hour comedy, starring Amanda Peet, aired its entire 6 episode season over 3 weeks. The show started out luke-warm but continued to get better over its short life.
Revolution is the one NBC pickup that I am looking forward to this upcoming fall season. With Eric Kripke and J.J. Abrams involved with the show’s creation, and Jon Favreau directing the pilot, it seems to have an extremely geeky pedigree. Interested readers can take a look at the four minute preview. If it peaks your interest all you’ll have to do is wait until the fall season and check in every Monday at 10:00.