Friday, March 5, 2010

When It Comes To Comedies, NBC Opts For More Of The Same

I find it absolutely amazing to see shows that have viewers that number between two and four million on one of the big three broadcast networks being renewed for another season.  Such is the case with NBC and it's Thursday night lineup of shows.  Joining "Parks And Recreation" which had previously been picked up for another season, are "The Office", "Community", and "30 Rock".  I am not a big fan of any of these shows although I do watch "30 Rock" occasionally.

With ABC having success with it's Wednesday lineup of shows, "Modern Family" being my favorite, it seems to me that NBC would try to develop new shows instead of sticking with ones that are stuck in low gear as far as viewer interest.  They would have better success rerunning old classics than they are with what they got.  For now though, I think they are entrenched with trying to fill the gap left when Leno moved back to late night.

Speaking of that problem, could they have put on anything worse than "Parenthood", a show based on an old movie that was only mediocre when it was released?  The other stink-o-rama on their 10 p.m. schedule is the much publicized "The Marriage Ref", created by Jerry Seinfeld and headed for an early grave.  This is not what people want to see at that time of night, or maybe even at any time.

Still, NBC put this spin on the decision, according to the Hollywood Reporter:

"We are happy to give these early pickups to these critically acclaimed, incredibly funny comedies," said NBC entertainment president Angela Bromstad. "As a result, we look forward to continuing our rewarding partnership with the respective creative teams and talented show-runners for '30 Rock,' 'The Office' and 'Community' as they all consistently deliver quality shows."

As for me, I'll just stick to reruns on cable channels until something more original comes around.
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