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

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Credit: NBC

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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ArchieSue
ArchieSue

I guess what's his name from The New Normal can try to get his job back on "Girls" if they will have him. lols.....

djfabian
djfabian

The New Normal was probably the only sitcom Ive watched in years.....sad to see it go......Eleen Barkin deserves an emmy for it all the same.....

imatter2
imatter2

First, NBC has problems in general in all time slots.  The best thing about The New Normal is Justin Bartha. 

aryehgizbar
aryehgizbar

I'm going to miss Smash. While there are some problems with the storyline and Katharine McPhee's bad acting, I could only give praise to the artists who created the songs in the show. That's the only thing that I'm looking forward to hearing every week.

jpfajardo
jpfajardo

I'm gonna miss New Normal. Mostly Justin Bartha. Great message but the comedy just wasn't consistent.

Klope62
Klope62 moderator

NOW WHAT IS NENE GOING TO BRAG ABOUT BEING IN!?

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

I gave up on "Smash" after two episodes.

ArchieSue
ArchieSue

Kind of glad, one less show for NeNe to brag about, I can't stand her.

aryehgizbar
aryehgizbar

@Mikhail XO I'm not sure if it was legit but there was an ongoing petition to keep the show. I think putting the show on saturday was leading towards cutting it off, but it was not really announced per se.

takakupo
takakupo

I lasted about 20 minutes. Not even Jennifer Hudson could save it. She was underused too.