2008 – 2009 Cancelled Shows: NBC Officially Announces Series Renewals and Pick Ups

HeroesNBC held their infront presentation today, a couple weeks before the other networks hold their own big presentations for advertisers. The peacock network is taking a big risk next fall, scheduling The Jay Leno Show five nights a week at 10pm. While it’s hard to tell if that decision will bring them success, we do know that there are far fewer hours left for traditional programming.

Today, NBC officially announced that it was renewing Heroes, Southland, Parks and Recreation, and six episodes of comedy filler Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday. These renewals join the previous pickups of The Office, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, and Friday Night Lights.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was previously renewed as well. The show’s stars, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay, have been in contract negotiations and Universal Media Studios co-chair Marc Graboff indicated that an offer has been made to them. Graboff says that he hopes they’ll return but assured attendees that SVU will be back either way.

Official announcements on the fate of Chuck, Medium, and Law & Order have been delayed a couple weeks, presumably until the final schedule is presented to advertisers. However, audience members were told privately that all three were indeed coming back. It seems the delay is stemming from working out the renewal details such as episode orders. Though none of the shows’ ratings have been very good, the network is hedging its bets in case it needs to replace The Jay Leno Show come mid-season.

It seems that the fate of My Name is Earl is still up in the air. If the peacock network cancels it, FOX will likely pick it up so the sitcom will have enough episodes for a good-sized syndication package.

New shows coming next season include Trauma and Mercy, a pair of medical series; Day One, a show about a post-catastrophe world; a Friends-like sitcom called 100 Questions; and a comedy centered around a community college called Community. The new version of Parenthood has also made NBC’s schedule and may end up being paired with Heroes.

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  1. kaj says

    Oh please don’t counsel the show I normally don’t even watch tv, this show is like one of the rare times when i do, honestly the show was just starting if you all kept going with it Mercy would definitely make NBC the number1 network. Mercy was the only thing rivaling cbs’s lineup

  2. BARB SMITH says

    Please please dont cancel Mercy …just tell us what we have to do to save Mercy
    or at least sell it to another network

  3. Sarah says

    NBC Finally has two good shows worth watching again…Mercy and Trauma and they are canceling both!!! Maybe this is why CBS is the number one network and NBC sucks!!!

  4. laurie mellor says

    Please don’t cancel Mercy i so don’t understand your logic even just facebook alone there are hundreds of fans expressing disapointment. Every now and then a great show comes around .This is one of those espically for developing character story lines. The acting and writing and diaglogue are excellent. There is so much potential .. and most of all its a show where people can truly get connected to the characters . Big mistake.. its certainly cant be on the nelson ratings…this ? canada loves this show……

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  6. cassie says

    please do not cancel mercy, It is one of the best shows I have watched in a long time.. I looked forward to wendsdays everyweek just so I could find out what was gonna happen next!!

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