NBC cancels ‘Smash’, ‘The New Normal’, renews ‘Community’

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NBC has continued its full network overhaul, saving one on-the-bubble series while axing two others.

Community, which many had expected to be canceled following a hit-or-miss fourth season without creator Dan Harmon, was surprisingly renewed for a 13-episode fifth season.

Yet, with the good news about Community came the inevitable bad news for fans of Smash and The New Normal.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that NBC has chosen not to renew the semi-autobiographical sitcom from Ryan Murphy and Ali Adler, which has been axed following its first season. Meanwhile, Smash, a passion project for NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt, has been canceled after two seasons on the network: one in which it was a small, but modest success, and a second in which it was an outright bomb.

I might be alone in the sentiment, but I’ll miss both shows. But hey, Community has lived to see another day. Despite a wonky fourth season and the departure of Chevy Chase, it remains one of TV’s most underrated comedies. I’ll be interested to see how the show reinvents itself in a fifth season.

Via: The Hollywood Reporter / TVLine

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