UPDATE, 03:15 AM: And that’s it for NBC’s existing series (the network won’t decide on the fate of Hannibal until after the upfronts, when more ratings data is available). After renewing Community, the network just called time on The New Normal and Smash. Much like Go On, The New Normal had ok but not great ratings (and support at the network). Once NBC decided to cancel the better rated Go On, it was only a matter of time before The New Normal got the call. As for Smash, the series has been considered dead since it was moved to a Saturday night time-slot, the announcement from NBC was a mere formality.
PREVIOUS, 8:55 PM: Matthew Perry can’t catch a break. NBC just cancelled his sitcom Go On after airing one so-so rated season of the series.
The network is still evaluating the fates of remaining bubble shows The New Normal and Community, with a decision expected to be reached on at least one of them in the next few hours. This is the second time in as many years that Perry has had his comedy series cancelled. In May 2011, ABC cancelled his series Mr Sunshine due to similarly unimpressive ratings.
Created by Scott Silveri, Go On revolves around Ryan King, a sportscaster who, after a major loss in his life, finds solace in the group therapy sessions he is forced to attend. The comedy series was produced by Dark Toy & Universal Television and starred Matthew Perry, Julie White, Laura Benanti, Allison Miller, Khary Payton and Suzy Nakamura. Scott Silveri, Todd Holland and Karey Burke served as the executive producers.
Go On had strong buzz coming out of last year’s upfront presentation and got a high-profile preview airing behind the network’s Olympics coverage. The series maintained a decent audience in its post The Voice time-slot, however, when the unscripted series wrapped its run Go On was left to fend for itself – and did a pretty bad job of it. From its highly rated Olympics outing, which pulled in 16.1 million viewers and a 5.6 rating in the A18-49 demo, the audience continued to dwindle, with the series finale pulling in a mere 2.7 million viewers and a 1.1 A18-49 rating.