May 11, 2012

THE SKED: NBC Can’t Have Too Many Sitcoms

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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The Chinese water torture that has been NBC’s announcement of its renewals and pick-ups continues with the glad tidings that PARKS & RECREATION has at long last received its (albeit 13-episode) order, as well as news that UP ALL NIGHT has survived to see another season.  The latter, while not a sure thing, isn’t a major surprise considering the auspices of Lorne Michaels and the A-list cast of Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph.  In what may or may not be a coincidence, word is that Up will also have a new showrunner next season, Everybody Loves Raymond veteran Tucker Cawley.


There’s also buzz that the odious WHITNEY may have, like Barnabas Collins, risen from the grave (and just as odorously), which will certainly give NBC a surfeit of low-rated half-hours for the season.  THE OFFICE also hasn’t received its official pick-up, which must be for financial/contractual reasons, since there’s no doubt the network’s highest-rated comedy will be back, especially now that the cast has re-signed.

Take a look at SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Projected NBC Fall Schedule here.

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."