NBC has the biggest problems of the major networks. They had a lot of weak programming (including five nights a week of The Jay Leno Show) and so will have a lot of slots to fill next season. They’ve already renewed several borderline shows and let a lot of others go.
Here’s a listing of NBC TV shows with their current status. This list encompasses shows that have aired from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
30 Rock: Tina Fey and company to return for season five.
America’s Got Talent: The talent competition returns this summer.
The Apprentice: The Donald will be back to bully more potential employees.
The Biggest Loser: More public weight loss in season 10.
Chuck: The adventures of the geeky spy continue in season four.
Community: Chevy Chase and the gang will be back for year two.
Dateline: It’ll be back next season on Friday nights and as needed elsewhere.
Friday Night Lights: It will be back for season five, the show’s last.
Law & Order: SVU: The spin-off will be back for year 12.
The Marriage Ref: Tom Papa comes back next season for year two.
Minute to Win It: Coming back for round two of more quick games.
The Office: No surprise that we’ll get season seven.
Parenthood: One of the few new NBC shows to get a sophomore renewal.
Parks and Recreation: Coming back for year three.
Who Do You Think You Are?: The genealogy show’s renewed for year two.
Cancelled (or ending)
The Great American Road Trip: No season two for the reality competition.
Here Come the Newlyweds: After two seasons, it’s over.
Heroes: No season five but hopefully a wrap-up movie will come instead.
The Jay Leno Show: An interesting experiment that was almost universally reviled.
Kings: This interesting drama didn’t find enough viewers.
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! One season on ABC, one on NBC. No more.
Law & Order: The granddaddy show ends after 20 seasons.
The Listener: This drama was renewed in Canada but cancelled in the US.
Mercy: Disappointing ratings meant no season two.
Merlin: The BBC export was cancelled by NBC but picked up by Syfy.
The Philanthropist: “The Complete Series” was released on DVD in January.
Southland: NBC cancelled it but TNT picked it up and later ordered season three.
The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien: It didn’t live up to expectations and O’Brien and the network parted ways.
Trauma: Ended after 18 episodes.
What do you think? Any news that makes you particularly happy or sad? Surprised? When compared to other networks, is NBC better or worse about cancelling shows?
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