Hours after we wrote a little about the bloodletting that is going on with NBC’s Thursday-night comedies, the network has now made one thing pretty official: Neither “Bad Judge” nor “A to Z” is going to be staying on the network beyond the end of their initial 13-episode orders.
According to Deadline, the only silver lining behind this news is that the network is not going to be pulling either one of the shows. Instead, they will continue to air until the orders are through, and then vanish. This is ultimately further evidence that it is almost impossible to have a hit network comedy these days. Just look across the board right now. Save for “black-ish” over on ABC (which has a great lead-in), what new comedy is doing well? “The McCarthys” struggled in its debut Thursday, “Manhattan Love Story” has been canceled already, “Selfie” is struggling, and “Mulaney” already saw its episode order cut.
The only reason we can think of for these bad performances is that there is nothing that innovative being done anymore. While “Bad Judge” at least had a great star in Kate Walsh, seeing a hard-partying judge just did not have much appeal. Plus, the ratings were mostly terrible. “A to Z” did have Cristin Milioti right out of “How I Met Your Mother,” but a dating couple on its own is not that intriguing to watch.
This news comes after NBC had a particularly dreadful season last year in this genre, canceling “Welcome to the Family,” “Community,” and “The Michael J. Fox Show” while also renewing the low-rated but beloved “Parks and Recreation.”
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