NBC completed its renewals, new series pickups and cancellations ahead of Monday’s initial pitch to Madison Avenue ad buyers.
The network canceled sophomore comedies on Thursday Kenan and Mr. Major as well as freshman drama The end of the game. Additionally, the network’s last remaining comedy pilot, Hunger — which has undergone a redesign with modern familyAriel Winter, who replaces Demi Lovato, was skipped.
The rest of NBC’s drama pilot roster – consisting of Blank Slate, Found, The Irrational, Uninterrupted and Mike Daniels’ untitled entry – remain in consideration for off-cycle pickups.
Mr. Major launched during the 2020-21 broadcast season and earned a renewal for the second season after ranking as the network’s second highest-rated comedy of the season (behind only Young Rock). The star of Ted Danson from 30 Rock The duo Tina Fey and Robert Carlock ranked among the lowest-rated series airing in its second season, averaging just 0.4 among top adults 18-49.
Kenanfeaturing SNLlongest-serving cast member Kenan Thompson was tied with Mr. Major as the fourth lowest-rated series of any show. The comedy, from executive producer and SNL mastermind Lorne Michaels, was part of the pilot crop of 2019 and underwent an overhaul (with Don Johnson replacing Andy Garcia and SNL‘s Chris Redd alongside David Caspe as showrunner) before a new pilot is filmed.
Drama the end of the game, one of the least popular rookie shows of the season, launching in February and ending on May 2 with little fanfare. The drama starred Morena Baccarin and was praised by executive producer Julie Plec (the vampire diary franchise). To like Kenan and Mr. Majorthe streak averaged 0.4 in the 18-49 demo.
The trio of cancellations comes at the same time as NBC renews comedies Young Rock (for a third season) and Great crew (for his second). Both Shows Join Previously Renewed Dramas The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago PD, New Amsterdam, LaBrea, Law & Order: Organized Crime, Law & Order: SVU and comedy American automobile. Rookie shows joining the schedule are Quantum Leap, Nightcourt and Lopez vs. Lopez.
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