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NBC Confirms Renewals of The Voice, Parks and Recreation, Celebrity Apprentice

As reported earlier, NBC has renewed Chicago Fire, Chicago PD and Grimm for next season. In addition, the network has confirmed the renewals of Parks and Recreation, The Voice, and The Celebrity Apprentice.

Here’s their press release:

NBC RENEWS DRAMAS “CHICAGO FIRE,” “CHICAGO P.D.” AND “GRIMM” FOR 2014-15 SEASON

With Previously Announced Series Also Returning, the Peacock Maintains Its Primetime Lead in 18-49 Demo

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif – March 19, 2014 – NBC has announced it is renewing dramas “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.” and “Grimm” for the 2014-15 season. The network previously picked up “The Blacklist” (season 2) “Parks and Recreation” (season 7), “The Voice” (season 7) and “Celebrity Apprentice” (season 14). NBC is winning the season in adults 18-49, and ranked #1 for the first time in 10 years this late in the season. The network is up 20% versus one year ago, with its highest rating 25 weeks into the season in six years.

Following the success of “Chicago Fire” last year, Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf’s idea to build a second franchise in Chicago has become a reality with the renewal of mid-season success “Chicago P.D.” Both shows share the same creators and producers making it easy for characters and storylines to occasionally crossover seamlessly from one show to the other. This will be the case on the upcoming Tuesday, April 29 episode of “Chicago Fire” – a massive bomb explosion sends the city into chaos, which will conclude the following night, Wednesday, April 30, on “Chicago P.D.” where the police officers deal with the fallout from the tragedy and try to find who was responsible for the blast.

“Chicago Fire” ranks #1 in the Tuesday 10 p.m. ET/PT slot among the broadcast networks so far this season in adults 18-49, averaging a 3.1 rating, 9 share in 18-49 and 10.6 million viewers overall in “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research through the first 25 weeks of the season. “Chicago Fire” is generating gains versus one year ago of 35% in 18-49 rating and 33% in total viewers. With its move from Wednesday nights last season to Tuesday nights this season, “Chicago Fire” has improved the Tuesday 10 p.m. hour versus NBC’s regular-program averages in the slot one year ago by 24% in adults 18-49 (to a 3.1 rating from a 2.4).

“Chicago Fire” will head into its third season next year and “Chicago P.D.” will go into its second with executive producers Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Danielle Gelber, Michael Brandt, Derek Haas, Peter Jankowski, Joe Chappelle (“Chicago Fire” only) and Mark Tinker (“Chicago P.D.” only). Both series are produced by Universal Television and Wolf Films and shot in Chicago.

Jesse Spencer and Taylor Kinney star as heroic Windy City firefighters who lay themselves on the line in dealing with everyday situations involving life or death. The show also stars Monica Raymund, Lauren German, Charlie Barnett, David Eigenberg, Yuri Sardarov, Joe Minoso, Christian Stolte and Eamonn Walker.

“Chicago Fire” has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award and is the winner of a Prism Award and Imagen Foundation Award.

“Chicago P.D.” is delivering a 2.5 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 8.9 million viewers overall so far this season in “most current” averages from Nielsen. “Chicago P.D.” is retaining 94% of its 18-49 lead-in from “Law & Order: SVU” and 97% of its total-viewer lead-in in “live plus same day” results to date. In its first nine weeks on the schedule, “Chicago P.D.” has generated NBC’s nine best 18-49 results in the time period, excluding Olympics and “Saturday Night Live” specials, since Sept. 25, 2013.

Freshman series “Chicago P.D.” follows the uniformed cops who patrol the beat and go head-to-head with the city’s street crimes and the Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s major offenses, including organized crime, drug trafficking and high-profile murders.

The series stars Jason Beghe, Sophia Bush, Patrick John Flueger, LaRoyce Hawkins, Archie Kao, Jon Seda, Elias Koteas, Jesse Lee Soffer and Marina Squerciati.

With the renewal, “Grimm” – the popular Friday night series inspired by the classic Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales – will now head into its fourth season. “Grimm” is the #1 Friday series on ABC, CBS, NBC or Fox so far this season in adults 18-49, averaging a 2.5 rating, 8 share in adults 18-49 in “most current” averages from Nielsen Media Research. This is a 4% gain versus the show’s rating at this point in the season last year, while “Grimm’s” average of 8.1 million viewers overall is up versus one year ago by 17%.

David Giuntoli stars as Portland homicide detective Nick Burkhardt, who discovers he’s descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as Grimms. He increasingly finds his responsibilities as a detective at odds with his new responsibilities as a Grimm.

The series was created by David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf and Stephen Carpenter. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Norberto Barba serve as executive producers along with Greenwalt and Kouf.

The series also stars Bitsie Tulloch, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz and Claire Coffee.

“Grimm” is a Universal Television and Hazy Mills production.

“Grimm” has been nominated for two People’s Choice Awards, two Satellite Awards and a Saturn Award. “Grimm” was also nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding stunt coordination.

The Hollywood Reporter calls “Grimm” “a high-concept hootenanny” and says it has “chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it.”

What do you think? Do you think NBC made a mistake in renewing any or all of these shows?

 

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Jim J. April 9, 2014 at 8:13 am

@Rena Moretti: Can’t nobody defend nothing in front of you.

If I wanted to keep The Simpsons going as a first-run series, then it’d be a primetime soap opera like “Dallas” or “Beverly Hills 90210″. But it is not. With over 560 original episodes having been produced, the original run of The Simpsons needs to come to a close, that’s what should happen. Probably in 2015 or 2016. At least reruns of “The Simpsons” will still remain in syndication for years to come afterwards.

Over the span of its original run, I have lost a few classmates from my 2011 graduating class (by accident or otherwise), and I’m just 20 years old.

I’d rather see Law & Order: SVU keep its original run going than The Simpsons. At least SVU is not an AFTS, and all AFTS’s are evil. (“AFTS” is “Animated Floating Timeline Show”.) What is really gonna be hurtful to broadcast TV is you have a certain 25-year-old AFTS refusing to conclude it original run, and all the other long-running series like “Grey’s Anatomy” who have made it a point to not end their original runs until “The Simpsons” ended its original run first, because around 50 long-running network TV shows have already had their original runs overtaken by that of “The Simpsons”. You know what? I don’t need “The Simpsons”, I don’t need unappealing ~60-year-old voice-only actors, I don’t need animation supremacy.

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Rena Moretti April 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Again, not sure why you do not seem to understand my point.

If the networks were to cancel all their flops (which is 90% of their schedules) I’d welcome it with open arms as long as the new shows don’t again come from the Seth MacFarlane, J.J. Abrams, Greg Berlanti, Rob Thomas etc… makers of crappy flops.

Given the word we’re in, it makes a lot more sense to renew The Simpsons, which each episode will make money, unlike a flop like New Girl, thus keeping the industry afloat.

That said, you are entirely free to hate animated shows, and for some reason voice-actors of a certain age (not sure why the ageism there).

Since I still enjoy The Simpsons, I’d much rather see every crappy Seth MacFarlane show disappear as they don’t bring anything to me, and actually lose money that then can’t be re-invested in new, better (possibly) shows.

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Jim J. April 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

I’m sorry, but “The Simpsons” absolutely HAS to be let go as a first-run series. I’m not renewing it again. There are only four spots in Fox’s “Animation Domination” lineup, there are the financial issues associated with producing such an expensive, long-running series, and there could be a possible abundance of brand-new animated shows that could be the future of the animation lineup, or maybe the future of the network. It doesn’t matter if you still enjoy the show or not, nobody’s going to agree with you on keeping “The Simpsons” and cancelling all the good (hit) TV series like “Big Bang Theory” or “Modern Family”. You want a younger show to watch, then just switch the channel to “Once Upon a Time” instead; at least its ratings average is on par with “Simpsons”.

All “The Simpsons” needs at this point is a “last hurrah” or a “farewell episode” at best. Sometimes the departure of a veteran series leaves room for new and younger shows, and this has happened many, many times in broadcast television, where there are a limited number of spots.

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Rena Moretti April 12, 2014 at 3:46 am

Very, very sorry :) but I gotta disagree again.

First of all, I don’t think the “Animation Domination” concept ever worked. They call it “domination” to hide the fact that they have so few viewers and the only show on that slate that ever was a success is The Simpsons, which was created outside of FOX’s normal.

FOX is obsessed with Seth MacFarlane and have talked themselves into believing he’s a star when all his shows have flopped (last one Dads flopped and of course FOX renewed it!) I actually don’t think FOX, as currently managed, is capable of ordering a good animated show (Bob’s Burgers and all the Seth MAcFarlane crappolas is my evidence).

Now if you said FOX should scrap all animated shows, I’d see the logic (although to me you’d them have to scrap their entire lineup which has failed miserably and start fresh (perhaps giving creators independence from the network which is why The Simpsons got so good and successful).

Also, you keep putting words in my mouth. I never said anyone should cancel BigBang Theory. I like it and it’s one of TV’s last remaining hits.

Modern Family, on the other hand isn’t a hit (even if ABC pretends it is and its ratings are less catastrophic than other of its shows – but it also requires endless millions in PR to stay at that paltry level and its syndicated run is a disaster – unlike The Simpsons which is running many times a day practically everywhere in the world…), but ABC has many other problem shows it should get rid of before it (even though I think it’s unwatchable).

Again not sure why you make up things I never said…

I certainly never said I wanted a “younger show to watch” as I am a rare person to speak about and condemn Hollywood’s reliance of ageist data to try and spin their flops.

Seriously, please rad what I write instead of making things up.

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Rena Moretti March 25, 2014 at 11:33 pm

@Jim J: Not sure why you are so upset. That Parks and Recreation is a flop is known to anyone who looks at the ratings without the NBC PR smoke and mirrors…

I do have no illusion I can make NBC listen to me (although they really could – I’d save them a bundle of money on not making more seasons of bad shows that only lead to lower ratings ;) )

Big Bang Theory is indeed a hit. It’s one of the last hits on TV today. So is NCIS. You seem to think it’s a bad thing to be a hit and watched by tens of millions. Not sure why.

What does make me annoyed is reading how flops are called “hits” and how money that could be used to make great TV is squandered on flops that are flops because they’re terrible (and there I apologize in advance for making you mad but I think Parks and Recreation is the epitome of a completely cluelessly made show with the shakycam and the over-the-top acting – there’s a reason it’s such a flop in spite of the money NBC keeps pumping into it!)

My point is that it’s a shame NBC keep wasting its dwindling money (and if you don’t think it’s dwindling look at the number of slots taken by re-runs and reality shows on NBC) on shows that please so few. It’s the future of scripted TV that’s killed because of shows like Parks and Recreation being mindlessly supported by inept executives.

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Jim J. March 26, 2014 at 2:36 am

I watch “Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS”, and they’re on CBS (I happen to like both programs, BTW). I don’t like any “You seem to…” statements directed towards me.

I tried to say that on my last comment that you can’t stop a major network from making the effort to build new shows, even if the new shows end up total failures. Not every show can be successful and a long-runner. Each network has different standards of success nowadays, and you’re just gonna have a hissy fit about it? Other network TV shows can’t get as high a viewership figure like the 12+ million a top CBS show gets, and I don’t blame them. A select few have demo ratings of 3.0 or above.

I’m just not gonna support cancelling every good scripted network TV show (like NCIS, Blacklist, Modern Family, or even New Girl) just to benefit certain long-running animated “floating timeline” shows with no story arcs and ugly and worthless voice-only actors. You can’t defend a move like that.

Look, I hate to admit this to you, but I have made it a point to not do anything to benefit The Simpsons (even their viewership is declining, and they’re getting what, around 4 million viewers?), because if I did, it would mean that I would do something to destroy live-action shows like Big Bang Theory and NCIS (I mean have those shows’ original runs overridden by the original run of The Simpsons). Even The Simpsons may itself be gone from new episodes permanently and is replaced with a brand-new show someday. I just don’t believe in animation supremacy. No scripted program can remain first-run forever.

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Rena Moretti March 29, 2014 at 9:50 pm

I’m still not following why you were so upset at me in the first place.

All I sad about the Simpsons is that it made more sense for FOX to keep that show on that to keep flops like American Dad or New Girl on as at least new episodes of The Simpsons will help make the international and syndication packages run longer (and those are actually making money as opposed to New Girl which never will).

The only thing I disagree with is with the idea that you can re-define hit when you happen not to make one (which is what ABC, NBC, FOX and CW do constantly).

When New Girl has 2.5 million viewers and rarely reaches 3 million viewers. It’s a flop. Period.

I do blame those networks for making crappy shows. That’s why they don’t have good ratings.

I never said anything about the superiority of animation and actually dislike most current animated shows (if only because I dislike Seth MacFarlane’s work), so no idea why you thought I did. :)

I don’t think shows should last forever. I actually think the networks are failing because they don’t cancel shows fast and often enough. When you can’t find hits, you have to make more new shows, not fewer to find hits. That’s what they used to do.

“Nurturing” shows like New Girl only leads to ever lower ratings and bigger financial losses.

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Jim J. April 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Why I am upset with you is the suggestion that The Simpsons be kept on indefinitely. I understand that the original run of The Simpsons has already overridden the original runs of other shows such as ER, Friends, and Desperate Housewives. That’s “animation supremacy” right there. The Simpsons has already had its original run last for 25 seasons and produced 560 episodes. You can’t have too much of one scripted TV show, and all scripted TV shows have to cease being first-run sooner or later, otherwise, the syndication packages may be oversaturated. At least Friends (which was on NBC) produced 236 original episodes, and has strong DVD, syndication, and international sales; only difference is, it ceased to be a first-run series in 2004. It’ll almost certainly be a good thing if The Simpsons’s original run ceased for good (with its cast and crew can moving on to other projects) and some space is made for a brand-new animated show.

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Rena Moretti April 4, 2014 at 12:51 am

I don’t believe I suggested any show sohuld go on forever.

What I said is that if you’re going to renew shows with low ratings, it makes a heck of a lot more sense to renew The Simpsons where it’s clear the new episodes will end up turning a profit for FOX by extending the syndication life of a shows that’s very popular all over the world (there’s countries where the show plays ten times a day!) than renew a confirmed flop like New Girl that, if it sells at all in syndication and foreign, will be selling for peanuts and where each new episode will be losing money.

As for the space being left for another animated show, given FOX’s dismal track record at picking animated shows and their obsession with programming as many Seth MacFarlane flops as is humanly possible I question they can make a show that’d do better barring a massive replacement of all the current execs.

That said, I agree with you on the principle. The reason there are so few good shows nowadays and why the networks have failed for the past five seasons to produce a single big hit (the last one was The Mentalist – yes it faded but it had 20 million viewers in its first season and grew its audience over the season) is that they don’t cancel enough shows.

The fact that they can’t pick replacement is compounded by the fact they don’t have the time slots (or the money as evidenced by the number of re-runs even during Premiere Week) to try new shows.

The Big Five (more like the Big Four as CW is a laughable shrinking marvel) are on the way to extinction through poor management.

My point was that it’s a lot more hurtful to the industry to renew Mindy Project, New Girl, Dads etc… than to renew a show that used to be a genuine hit and thus has a lot more value.

Finally from a quality perspective, I think The Simpsons is till pretty good, unlike, say, CSI, which I think it pointless creatively at this point (and yet beats 95% of shows on other networks still).

Why Watch March 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

I can’t even figure out what is funny about Parks. And the Apprentice is idiodic. Why should I care about washed up celebrities?

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Rena Moretti March 21, 2014 at 2:31 am

Essentially nobody outside of NBC and TV critics think Parks and Recreation is even watchable.

Yet NBC keeps renewing it and hyping it.

If I were at Comcast, I wouldn’t put up with the commercial nonsense of renewing an unwatchable show that has been losing NBC money since Day One…

It makes you wonder why they stay silent and keep hoping that Dan Greenblatt will, somehow, stop emulating the disastrous practices of Jeff Zucker and his successors.

Or maybe they’re just so dumb, they actually believe Greenblatt’s press and think that as long as they read it in the Wall Street Journal, it means he’s a genius even though he’d destroying their property…

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Jim J. March 23, 2014 at 3:57 am

I think the networks are probably “right-sizing” their standards of success to reflect how smaller their audiences have gotten in recent years (probably due to increased competition from cable channels with their own original programming).

The renewals of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago P.D.” mean that the network is trying hard to build and push newer/younger shows, and building and pushing newer/younger shows does NOT mean having to keep your precious “The Simpsons” going as a first-run show indefinitely, because even that series may end its run someday. You don’t believe me, ask the folks who recently renewed “New Girl”, “The Mindy Project” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”. You’d best hope some of the NBC shows are big DVR gainers. A real “flop” gets cancelled after one or two seasons because of low ratings/viewership.

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Rena Moretti March 24, 2014 at 3:12 am

Not canceling flop is in my opinion exactly what’s wrong with the way today’s executive mis-run their networks.

I think you are right that they have decided “you just can’t find hits any longer” and find it a lot easier for their little egos and fragile psyche to blame the interweb for the fact they keep greenligting awful shows people don’t want to watch.

They also love the ‘we’re building an audience for the show” excuse even as it’s rarest when a show builds its audience over time (exceptions were CSI, NCIS and House which were all hits that became big hits). Shows that start low and head lower never pick up steam (see New Girl which reached yet another all-time low last week of 2.5 million viewers if I recall correctly, having started three long floppy years ago with 9 million viewers – Kevin Reilly is giving that show more time to “build an audience” I guess!)

The networks are not trying hard for new shows. They’re making fewer new shows than ever by keeping flops on the air for years and years (I think for Family Guy it’s 14 years of the show flopping miserably and being hyped as a hit by FOX!)

My point was that the only good thing about Kevin Reilly being incapable of finding a hit and renewing flops was that there was no reason to cancel The Simpsons, which is the only show I still watch on FOX and at least makes tons of money in syndication and all over the world. When you’re renewing New Girl, each episode of which will lose you more money as it has zero syndication value (OK, some cable channel will buy it for $1000 an episode plus barter which won’t sell).

Real flops last for years and years now with the right political connections. ‘Til Death lasted five years, New Girl will last at least five, Fringe lasted five years, 30Rock lasted 7 years, the list is long.

Long gone are the day when networks only renewed smash hits (at the time they know how to produce them – today they keep hiring J.J. Abrams or Seth MacFarlane so he can make another flop for them!)

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Jim J. March 24, 2014 at 10:08 pm

You want to find something that isn’t a “flop”? Go watch something on CBS, like “The Big Bang Theory” or most of their procedural crap. You can’t stop a network from

I’m done discussing this here.

Rena Moretti March 20, 2014 at 12:13 am

NBC renews its flops…

What a surprise!!! Not.

What is particularly appalling about those renewals is Parks and Recreations, which is a sham of a show, purely unwatchable and probably the lowest rated of NBC’s shows, yet Dan Greenblatt renews it.

Good journalists would be asking why and not take the ageist demo garbage NBC serves as an answer.

Another good question would be to find out why Dan Greenblatt signed Amy Poehler for another show when her current one has reached ridiculous CW levels.

Quite upsetting to see no end to NBC’s self-destruction.

But hey, who care? Dan Greenblatt can still buy himself fawning articles in the Wall Street Journal, so what does it matter if he’s destroying the company….

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Persistent Cat March 23, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Just because you don’t like it doesn’t mean no one else does. Not everyone has the exact same taste as you do. Amazing, right?

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Rena Moretti March 24, 2014 at 6:56 pm

Actually, the ratings numbers are on my side. Parks and Recreation usually fail to get 3 million viewers in the overnights. It’s a super-flop.

“Nobody watches” is obviously creative license for emphasis, but none of those shows have audiences that merit renewal. It’s not because people love them!!!

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