We're still nervous for NBC's decision on 'Community's' fate, sure to arrive any hour now, but amid the joyous news of 'Parks and Recreation's' season 6 renewal comes the network's first comedy cancellation. Bill Pullman's presidential comedy '1600 Penn' has officially been canceled, following the peacock's decision to drop fellow struggling series 'Deception' yesterday, and now Whitney Cummings' 'Whitney.' Find out the latest NBC casualties inside!
It's hard to believe that only a few short months ago, NBC comedies 'Whitney' and 'Community' were both banished to the Friday night wasteland, presumably to burn off their final seasons. Then, NBC stepped in to rescue both by delaying their returns in favor of greater promotional pushes, but to date only 'Whitney' has seen the light of day. Now NBC seems to be placing additional faith in 'Whitney,' ordering additional episodes for the series, but will 'Community' recieve the same treatment?
While a number of NBC viewers still find themselves inside the darkest timeline, a world where NBC pushes 'Community' back to February, and slots 'Whitney's second season in with the network's increasingly three-camera lineup, it seems 'Guys With Kids' isn't going anywhere quite yet. The peacock has officially ordered additional episodes of the Jimmy Fallon-produced series, though not quite for a full-season pickup. So, how many more episodes will we see, and why isn't 'Whitney' going to be of any help?
Granted the two series aren't actually in competition, 'Community' fans grudge against 'Whitney' has just gotten even bigger. Where once both series were scheduled to debut on Friday, October 19, NBC opted to delay the launch and fit each in at a later date. 'Whitney' quickly got placement into the failing 'Animal Practice' slot, leaving 'Community' to rot until February, so how could things get any worse? When NBC orders even more scripts for the critically-maligned 'Whitney,' of course!
Sorry folks, the doctor is out. And you're not going to like who's replacing him. While many of NBC's 2012 offerings continue to do surprisingly well, including 'Revolution,' 'Go On' and 'The New Normal,' it seems they've just had their first casualty as well. Infamously dubbed the "monkey doctor show," NBC's 'Animal Practice' has been quietly euthanized. But which delayed sitcom is the network bringing in to replace it?
Streets behind! For those of us anxiously awaiting the fourth season of NBC's 'Community,' and the first under new show-runners Moses Port and David Gurarascio, the wait just got a little longer. Details are still pouring in, but it seems NBC has reneged on its plans to premiere both 'Community' season 4 and 'Whitney' season 2 on October 19, potentially taking either comedy off of Friday as well. But why would NBC make such a last-minute change, and when will we get our beloved 'Community?'
Hank Schrader might be taking the bathroom break of the millennium all the way to next summer's 'Breaking Bad' premiere, but Dean Norris isn't about to stay on the pot. Following up on NBC's acquisition of 'Breaking Bad' baddie Giancarlo Esposito for the post-apocalyptic thriller 'Revolution,' and even Jonathan Banks' upcoming turn on 'Parks and Recreation' season 5, the peacock has picked up Dean Norris as well to guest on the coming season of 'Whitney.' But will Norris play the drug hound we're all used to, or someone a little less intimidating?
Sure, all birds have to leave the nest eventually, but no one said they couldn't ever come back! So while '30 Rock' heads into its finally 13 episodes before shutting down the TGS studios for good, a number of familiar faces are bound to pop up in the seventh, and final season. Maulik Pancholy in particular will be back as the ever-deferent Jonathan, but what does his return say about his controversial 'Whitney' character?
The three-camera sitcom is rarely exactly what we want it to be. Even the most critically applauded of the bunch, from 'How I Met Your Mother' to 'The Big Bang Theory' have made some real stinkers. Last year saw NBC attempting to dive back into the pool with 'Whitney' and 'Are You There, Chelsea?," though of the two only 'Whitney' survived, and not to much critical fanfare at that. Will season 2 be any different?
'Community' may not have a huge audience, but its fanbase is about as passionate as they get. When the news came that the show was being renewed for a 13 episode fourth season, you could feel the sigh of relief reverberate throughout the internet. Then came the news that the show was being moved to Fridays. And being paired with 'Whitney.' And that creator and showrunner Dan Harmon may not be coming back.