March 19, 2014

THE SKED: Renewal Fever Hits NBC; “Chicago” Pair, “Parks & Recreation” & “Grimm” Back

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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ABC is now the only network with all its pick-up letters still in its pocket, as NBC announced that CHICAGO FIRE, CHICAGO PD and GRIMM are officially back for 2014-15.  Oddly, the network press release phrases the return of PARKS & RECREATION as a confirmation, even though it doesn’t seem to have been official until now (although NBC president Bob Greenblatt all but renewed it in public statements several weeks ago), but in any case, Pawnee gets another happy season.  THE BLACKLIST and THE VOICE had already been renewed, along with THE BIGGEST LOSER and (after a season-long hiatus) CELEBRITY APPRENTICE.

Although none of these series are breakout hits, their returns aren’t surprising (on any other network, the survival of the chronically low-rated Parks might be a shock, but given NBC’s comedy situation, it was expected).  What is slightly surprising is that a renewal for LAW & ORDER: SVU wasn’t announced along with the other two Dick Wolf series.  SVU is aging, expensive and not highly-rated, but it’s hard to believe that the network wouldn’t at least give it a final season victory lap at the very least, so the odds are that there are contractual or budgetary reasons delaying the announcement.  Still on the NBC bubble:  HANNIBAL, REVOLUTION, PARENTHOOD (of course), COMMUNITY (double of course), and the quartet of new arrivals, ABOUT A BOY, GROWING UP FISHER, BELIEVE and CRISIS.


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."