It looks like NBC is making a clean sweep of things. After carefully picking up drama and comedy pilots to series over the past several days, the network just informed producers on the fate of their bubble shows and it’s not good news, with NBC cancelling nearly every freshman series.
About A Boy, Constantine, Marry Me, One Big Happy and CIA drama State Of Affairs have all been cancelled and will not feature on NBC’s 2015-2016 Fall schedule, which gets announced in just a few days. The only ray of sunshine here is that AD: Beyond The Bible has not been officially cancelled, though its ratings have been well below what everyone expected.
Truthfully, these cancellations were not unexpected with TVWise reporting that these shows would not be coming back in our final Broadcast TV Buzz column. Each show had its own unique problems, but on a core level NBC just had a really crappy season, failing to establish a single breakout hit. There is no word just yet on the fates of American Odyssey or The Mysteries Of Laura. (Update: The Mysteries Of Laura has been renewed, still no decision on Odyssey)
Truly the interesting one here is Constantine. It was never a break out hit, but it did OK numbers on Friday nights alongside Grimm. There was zero truth to rumours of a potential move to Syfy, but NBC brass kept it alive until the last minute.
From what I hear NBC felt that, with strong drama development, resources were better spent launching a new show rather than attempting to grow Constantine in season two. WBTV is planning on shopping the series to other networks, with The CW the most likely home give its growing slate of DC series.
It’s not all bad news for NBC, though. Both The Night Shift and Undateable have a real shot at renewal and we should be getting word on those shows before the night is out – is a move back to Summer on the cards for both? (Update: as expected, both Undateable and The Night Shift have been renewed) Grimm, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Blacklist have already been renewed for next season.