In the wake of NBC’s cancellation of The Jay Leno Show, the network has a lot of time to fill on the primetime schedule. That spells good news for fans of many of the network’s shows.
NBC has handed out additional episode orders to five programs — Community, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Parks and Recreation, and Trauma.
Three more episodes of Law & Order have been ordered and that will bring that venerable program’s season total to 22.
Trauma, which was cancelled after 13 episodes, has been the benefactor of the peacock network’s need for content before and received an order for three more episodes in November. The show’s now received an order for four more, bringing the season total to 20 installments.
While this news is great for show fans, it’s not an indication that the shows will be renewed. It has more to do with the network’s need for additional original content and production schedules. Some of the network’s highest rated shows, like 30 Rock, didn’t get additional orders and they’re surely coming back.
Where do they stand? Law & Order has already been renewed for next season and SVU is sure to be renewed as well. Community and Parks and Recreation are on the bubble but seem likely to be renewed for at least 13 episodes, especially considering all of the other holes in NBC’s schedule. Trauma has an uphill battle if it’s going to get a second season order.
What do you think? Are you glad to hear that NBC will be airing fewer repeats? Are there other shows that you wish had gotten additional episode orders?
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