As we await tonight’s finale coming on NBC, now seems to be the right time to hone in on The Village in terms of its renewal odds. Is there still a chance at a season 2? It seems that way, but the network is clearly making you wait a while to find out.
While the majority of the network’s renewals were announced prior to their upfront presentation in New York City last week, there are still some other dangling threads out there. The Enemy Within is one of them (read a little bit more about that show’s fate over here), while Abby’s is another. NBC clearly is waiting to see the remainder of the DVR viewing data, plus the finale ratings, before rendering a verdict. There’s a chance that at least one of these shows does end up returning — it won’t be in the fall (as the schedule is already out there), but getting a renewal is obviously better than the alternative. Nobody wants to see their show vanish into thin air.
With The Village, what it does have going for it is a tone that’s very similar to the sort of stuff that is doing rather well right now — entertainment designed to pull at the heartstrings. This show is firmly in the vein of This Is Us and Rise, NBC’s now-canceled attempt to replicate the success of the Dan Fogelman series last year. Ratings-wise, The Village is right there as a bubble show, averaging a 0.7 in the important 18-49 demographic. That’s okay given that it doesn’t really have much of a lead-in to speak of other than local news/syndicated programming. It is likely bringing in more via DVR and streaming, but how much? Is it going to be enough? This is obviously some of the stuff that NBC is going to have to think about for a while moving forward.
One of the things that The Village does have going for it is that like with The Enemy Within, the show is a production of Universal Television — which means basically that NBC and its parent companies pull in more profits from licensing and international sales than they would an outside production. That gives them more of an incentive to renew it for more episodes — yet, the concern here is that The Village doesn’t have necessarily the same sort of easy-to-market stars as Jennifer Carpenter and Morris Chestnut from The Enemy Within.
How long are we going to have to wait for more episodes?
Think along the lines of a few weeks, at most. NBC’s gotta announce something before the cast contracts expire; otherwise, they run the risk of having to re-sign everyone to new deals and there’s no guarantee that this happens. The longer the show goes without news, the more these actors need to find other work.
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