NBC Pick Ups Cause Schedule Mess

NBC made some moves official late yesterday, giving full seasons to three new shows, and I'm not sure what the bigger story is: that three new shows won't get canceled or that keeping one of these shows around could spell doom for one of NBC's vets.

Sci-fi-action-thriller The Event, controversial comedy Outsourced, and new spinoff Law & Order: Los Angeles all saw their original 13-episode orders extended out to 22 episodes, ensuring that they won't be canceled and should run through next spring. The three shows were all performing okay, but pretty good by NBC's standards.

NBC was also rumored to pick up veteran Chuck for a full season yesterday, but the spy-comedy was noticeably missing from NBC's announcement.

The pickup of Outsourced leads to the biggest question of all. NBC was holding Parks and Recreation for mid-season (many critics assumed that it would replace Outsourced when it failed), but with Outsourced clogging the hole, where does Parks go now? Will NBC keep Outsourced where it is?

There are now five shows competing for four slots on NBC's Thursday night comedy block, and if I'm Community, I'm also a bit worried. Community has been performing below expectations (even though it's the best of the comedies!) and is clearly a show on the bubble. If Outsourced snuck in and bumped Community out of the rotation, which it could, I would lead the charge down to NBC headquarters and hand out free pitchforks and torches to all those who would join me.

There are ways NBC could keep all five and avoid a stabbing with pointy objects by fans like me. Chase and Undercovers, two cancellation candidates, could be put down and sent to the big TV graveyard in the sky, and Community and another comedy could form a new block in their place. Moving Community away from The Big Bang Theory would help the show a lot, and Undercovers' juicy 8pm Wednesday night slot could be the place for it.

What's the bigger story here? That NBC picked up the three shows for full seasons or that Outsourced might push out one of the other comedies from the schedule?


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Parks and Rec is offensive. It makes fun of small town American people, who are mostly white. It uses stereotypes, caricatures, and exaggerated situations just of the sake of being funny. Wait. It's a sitcom? Oh....
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The problem with most of the shows mentioned are they are non mainstream shows. I can't stand either Community or Parks & Recreation they just the Office in a different setting. Now I do enjoy the hell out of Outsourced and I don't care if some people are offended by the stereotyping. They are true to some extent and I only hope that the show will take the religion & culture bashing to a much higher level to a Family Guy level or even higher. Their culture should be ripped on, a million percent just as all other cultures and races have been for many years. The more offensive and "Oh they didn't just do that" moments a show like Outsourced has the more viewership will grow.

I'd like to see both Chase and Chuck deleted from the programming list as they do nothing for me at all. NBC should look to some of the other smaller networks and indie type places and pull creative talent from them. There are a lot of good shows which don't air on the big networks that would be good replacements. Less trying not to offend the religious loudmouths and more entertaining the people who actually watch TV.
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Danny Pudi is a poor man's Aziz Ansari? WTF? Danny Pudi is nothing like Aziz Ansari and isn't trying to be.
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hearing Outsourced being picked up for a full season is like hearing the most offensive, racist, sexist, homophobic non-funny joke anyone's ever told me.
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Good riddance to the unfunny and wholly overrated Community if this happens. Danny Pudi is a poor man's Aziz Ansari. Parks and Rec was the funniest of NBC's sitcoms last season, though 30 Rock's resurgence this year to spectacular form drops it down to second.
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If Community or Parks & Rec get canceled then I'm officially done with NBC. The Office is on its last legs as far as quality goes, and 30 Rock has gotten a little stale as well so I have no qualms with quitting the network. I agree with the idea to move Community & Parks to Wednesday nights when there is less competition. That sounds like the best case scenario for everyone (except for Undercovers and Chase fans). Pitting a fresh show like Community against a ratings juggernaut like The Big Bang Theory was a terrible idea. This is NBC's chance to make up for the Conan/Leno debacle and their notorious reputation for being cutthroat rating-mongers. NBC, please keep Community and Parks & Recreation! You won't regret it!
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Sorry only interested in 30 Rock and Outsourced from that night. I'm glad that CBS airs an hour earlier here so I don't run into a lot of problems trying to manage my CBS shows.
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OMG what is wrong with people?? Please please please everybody watch Community! One of the few shows that doesn't think its audience are idiots. Probably why its suffering. But come on the show is brilliant. Please!!!
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i think undercovers is a great show but not to play the race card but when was the last time a mainly black cast show was on NBC but be the people white or black its a good show an its has a good following they show keep it!
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I choose Big Bang Theroy over Community simply because BBT doesn't put its shows on the internet, I would hate to see NBC cancel it. Community needs a different time/day.
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Community is great, it just needs to get out of the shadow of Big Bang theory. Put a random 30 min news show there to compete with Big Bang Theory because nothing else can compete with it
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if community got canceled or shortened because of outsourced that would be a horrible mistake on NBC's part i personally have only seen a few episodes of community and one of outsourced but it was clear community was of better quality
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Yeah I am all up for moving Community and P&R to Wenesday there is nothing else good on that night and they are my favorite commedies by far!!!
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Put P&R and Community on Wednesday nights @ 8pm. Direct competition with The Middle and FOX's comedies.
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NBC has some of the WORST of the new shows, and they may possibly ditch Community and Parks and Recreation?????!! Why keep new, terrible shows and lose the good ones ~~~~ bunch of nutwads in charge, obviously...
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Community is at least 10 times better than P&R,mid season move show it ,
and i hate fake laugh so Big Bang is not my favorite
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Parks and Recreation's second series was better than bigger hitters than The Office and 30 Rock and as for Community, I wasn't convinced at first but it is great and deserves a couple more series at least. I love 30 Rock but that live episode showed how much is added to it when it's filmed it was god awful and if that's what SNL is actually like I'm glad it doesn't get shown over here. I was annoyed that P & R got bumped to mid season anyway, and cancelling it would just make no sense. And I used to watch My Name Is Earl too but now I'm glad P & R killed it, the show was done in the second series and P & R's second series was worth losing Earl for sure.
Big Bang Theory should have been left on Monday then Community would be safe, Community now needs to be moved to save it.
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Outsourced is great and we lost My name is Earl because Parks...so
gut it like a fish..stupid parks
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Nice to hear Outsourced been extended...one of the nice comedy with low cost..for ppl that think low cost show cant provide a good show,im sorry ur wrong...don judge a show by just looking at their cost...this movie is awesome btw...
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Outsourced is a great show...don judge by the cost of the film...a best drama cant be just by the cost...id the drama is best ,means its good..do u ever watch this movie Slumdog Millionaire...how much is their cost compare to other movie..and yet they get best movie...
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If Community actually gets cancelled, for the first time in my life I will write a hate-filled, vitriolic, scathing email . . . and if that doesn't work i'll just burn down NBC Headquarters
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i hope nbc dont cancel undercovers.undercovers rating are doing pretty well.if they do cancel it they going off what ppl say bout it which will make me lose my faith in nbc.ppl say undercovers is bad but the ratings are steady so i dont know why this show hasnt got a full order yet...i hope they dont cancel undercovers it got so much potential evfry week it gets better
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Community is amazing. It's so funny that I keep forgetting it has such low numbers, and am surprised to hear it. Parks is alright, but its no Community or 30 Rock for that matter. The first season of Parks was absolutely terrible, but it's definitely gotten better, so I think a lot of people just gave up after the first season.
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I would be astounded if NBC actually canceled their 2 best comedies, besides Chuck. 30 Rock and The Office, though holding strong are stale, repetitive and not funny. To get rid of the most clever and creative shows NBC has had in a long time would be a continuation of the foolish moves this network has been making for the past year. If "The Big Bang Theory", a mediocre show that happens to get its "nerd references" right, kills Community, I will have no faith in any network as it goes the way of "Arrested Development".
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Community and parks aren't funny at all what are you people talking about?
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I will burn down the NBC studio if Parks & Rec gets canceled for a show as terrible as Outsourced. Not kidding.
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I WOULD STOP WATCHING NBC IF they get rid of Community and Parks for Outsourced. Bye Offiice. Without a thought. And yes Community is the best of them all.
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Oh i swear if Community gets canceled because of douchebag shows like Outsourced.... IT'S OVER! NBC is filled with the biggest f***s. For once in your douchebag corporate lives stop looking at the so-called 'ratings' and look at QUALITY! Community is one of the most refreshing comedies to come out in a while. Let it grow!
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I will march down to the headquarters with you if they mess with Community. Outsourced and Parks aren't even funny in the slightest to me. Community is gold.
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They better not mess with Community. Hopefully Outsourced keeps losing viewers despite the full season pick-up and they decide not to pick it up for next year
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22 episodes of The Event is so much better than 13, Good work NBC
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Yes! :P Love Outsourced! Good news:)
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Oh and if they cancel community I will be there if you have an extra pitch fork.
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WOW I have never read an article on TV.com that I agreed with more. Chase and Undercovers are ok but wouldnt hurt my feelings if one or both were canceled. Outsourced sucks. I just started watching Community and Love it. One of the best comedies on TV right now.
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How could they keep Outsourced and not Parks and Rec or Community, those two are definitely better than Outsourced, NBC better have some plan to keep them all.
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I will boycot nbc if they cancel Community. I'll see you at the nbc headquarters Tim!
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Oh, and Community got its best ratings since March last week, so the numbers are getting there
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they should move a bunch of shows to wed since theres little competition on that day compared to every other day of the week
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They wouldnt be stupid enough to lose Community, it has built up a good fan base as is constistantly funny as any show on tv



Community on a Wednesday would be ideal but Undercovers has just had another 4 scripts ordered and because of what it is and who created it, it will probably get a full season



I fear for Parks and Rec, which although is a brilliantly funny show, i would accept losing in place of keeping Community
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If they take away either Parks and Rec or Community I will join you in the riot! Get rid of freakin' Outsourced, it's such a cheap show! And I'm all for moving Parks and Rec and Community to Wednesday, do that NBC, have some brains!
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Outsourced is really bad, NO idea why they saved it.
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Yeah but they cant cancel Community! It's amazing and it's really funny and from what ive been hearing Outsourced is terrible!
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If they have the audacity to cancel Community, they are out of their freakin' minds.
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It's ridiculous. One would think that after the debacle that was last year, with Conan/Leno/Tonight Show, and the aftermath that saw many in the industry frown upon NBC, that they would carefully tread waters as they enter new management. This makes absolutely zero business sense. They have a show anchoring their Thursday night comedy block that is performing similar numbers as it did a year ago against MUCH stiffer competition. Community has a very loyal, if small, fanbase, and those viewers are keeping NBC on to watch 30 Rock and The Office. If Community gets axed, then 30 Rock's numbers will likely dip, as well. Outsourced? Their full-season pick up makes absolutely zero sense, as well. They ordered Parks & Recreation for mid-season pick-up, and it had long been assumed that it would replace the 9:30pm Thursday night spot. Unless this is NBC's master plan to move Community and Parks to Wednesday nights at 8pm to create a one-hour comedy block to combat ABC's Modern Family, this is the network preparing to concede that they will never be successful again. Yes, ratings may be lower than they'd prefer, but Community is a critical darling, garnering much attention from newspapers, magazines, websites, and the like. The Office won't even compete on Thursdays at 8pm. Community is holding its own. This frustrates me.
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I'm all for moving Community and p&r to wednesday to fill the void for "undercovers"!
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How cool would it be to have Community at 8 and Parks and Recreation at 8:30 on Wed. It's an hour that isn't very competitive, with Survivor for the entire hour being in my opinion a different type of audience and it would be a better comedy block than ABC's The Middle (which I love) and Better With You (which blows).

What do you think?
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I don't know...I'm happy Chuck got a back 11...
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NBC has "The Paul Reiser Show" which could team up with "Parks & Recreation" or another show on another night at midseason.
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TV networks have to realize they cant pit new show's against estabished ratings monsters and expect them to do exceptionally well.
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i WANT PARKS AND REC !!! outsourced is garbage ... i dont care about racism n all .. im an asian myself ... i just dont think the comedy is good and the acting is terrible... very inaccurate stuff too (about indians) !!
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