NBC Cancels Ironside and Welcome to the Family
NBC has started preparing itself for the holidays with a nice round of bloody murder. The network has canceled new drama Ironside and new comedy Welcome to the Family before either of them even had a chance to spend Christmas with their families. Or Thanksgiving. Or Halloween. Or even National Nut Day!
Ironside abandons the Wednesday-at-10pm slot, where it lasted three episodes. Blair Underwood starred in the remake of the late-'60s/early-'70s crime drama, as Robert Ironside, a tough detective confined to a wheelchair. It's hard to say what went wrong with this series; the numbers were simply dreadful, with the last two episodes barely squeaking past a 1.0 rating in the adult demo.
In its place, NBC will air a plethora of repeats and specials, with Dateline and a Thanksgiving Saturday Night Live special taking over in November and Christmas specials taking over in December.
On Thursdays, Welcome to the Family leaves behind a hole in the network's comedy block at 8:30pm, also after airing just three episodes. The sitcom followed a pair of families, one Hispanic and one white, who were forced to come together after their kids decided to get married following an unplanned pregnancy. The show was terrible, and the ratings were even worse, with the most recent episode notching a 0.8 in the adult demo.
In its place, NBC will air a mixed bag of repeats and specials between now and the end of the year, including a repeat and an original of The Voice, a Saturday Night Live Halloween special, reality competition show The Sing Off, a new episode of Parks and Recreation, and good old American football!
NBC's disastrous Thursdays are in even worse shape than you might think. Two weeks ago, NBC finished seventh on Thursday, behind CBS, the NFL Network, ABC, Fox, Univision, and TBS. But even still, that doesn't mean bad news for Sean Saves the World. The new comedy actually received an order for four more scripts today, according to Deadline. Meanwhile, The Michael J. Fox Show was ordered straight to series right from the beginning, so it's not going anywhere, and NBC is letting Parks and Recreation finish out this season at least.
But with all this carnage, new life grows from its ashes. NBC has scheduled the fifth season of Community for Thursday, January 2 at 8pm (Parks and Recreation will move back to 8:30pm) and the debut of Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D. on Wednesday, January 8 at 10pm.
Below, you'll find an easier-to-read mini schedule of what to expect on NBC Wednesdays and Thursdays between now and the start of 2014.
NBC Wednesdays at 10pm:
Oct. 30: Law & Order: SVU (encore of season premiere)
Nov. 6: Dateline (original)
Nov. 13: Dateline (original)
Nov. 20: Dateline (original)
Nov. 27: SNL Thanksgiving
Dec. 4: SNL Christmas (9pm-11pm)
Dec. 11: Kelly Clarkson Christmas Special
Dec. 18: Michael Buble Christmas Special
Jan. 8, 2014: Series premiere of Chicago P.D.
NBC Thursdays at 8pm:
Oct. 24: The Voice (encore)
Oct. 31: SNL Halloween
Nov. 7: The Voice (live)
Nov. 14: Parks and Recreation (back-to-back new episodes)
Nov. 21: Parks and Recreation (back-to-back new episodes)
Nov. 28: Sunday Night Football Thanksgiving game
Dec. 5: The Sound of Music (live telecast)
Dec. 12: The Sing-Off
Dec. 19: The Sing-Off
Jan. 2, 2014: Season 5 premiere of Community (back-to-back episodes)
Jan. 9, 2014: 100th episode of Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m.)
Special braggadocious P.S.: I had both Ironside and Welcome to the Family on my Dead Pool list, so I'm okay with this news.
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