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