The network has nixed six comedies this season including 'Growing Up Fisher' and picked up new half-hours such as 'Mission Control'.
NBC announced a slew of other series that had met their ax. Beside the previously announced "Community", the Peacock has put an end to freshmen "Believe", "Growing Up Fisher" and "Crisis" as well as drama "Revolution".
After two seasons of mediocre rating and despite a slight up bump in important key demo early in the second season, "Revolution" failed to retained the glory it used to have during the premiere. The JJ Abrams-produced series lost its "The Voice" lead-in in the sophomore year which contributed to further decline in rating.
"Believe", which is also produced through Abrams' Bad Robot banner, is the third cancellation for the producer this month. Last week, FOX announced that it decided not to renew "Almost Human" after one season. Bad Robot still has "Person of Interest" which has been greenlit by CBS for season 4 in March.
"Believe" actually had all the potential and buzz it needed because it was a collaboration between Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron who recently won an Oscar for directing "Gravity". Somehow, the drama did not have strong followers, just like fellow newbie "Crisis". NBC pulled both underperforming dramas out of its schedule and replaced them with a "Saturday Night Live" clip show.
Meanwhile, "Growing Up Fisher" was a comedy that raked in 8.9 million viewers in its premiere. The midseason-entry had a steady decline in rating that did not match its lead-in, "About a Boy". But it has been a rough time for comedy on NBC. The network canceled six comedy series and renewed only two, "Parks and Recreation" and "About a Boy".
Among the new series that NBC has ordered for its 2014-2015 slate are dramas "Constantine", "Odyssey", "The Mysteries of Laura" and "Allegiance" as well as comedies "One Big Happy", "Mission Control" and "Bad Judge".