NBC is trimming down two of their midseason comedies. The network has cut the orders for both Superstore and Hot & Bothered to eleven episodes, down from the thirteen episodes initially ordered when NBC picked up both series.
The reduced episode orders come as NBC execs are busy building the midseason schedule. Insiders have been keen to stress that trimming the episode orders was necessary to allow for the large number of series that will feature on the said schedule, and not an indicator of the network’s confidence in these two shows or their quality. The third midseason comedy Crowded is unaffected and will still produce 13 episodes.
Budget is also said to have been an issue here, with NBC execs keen on cutting costs where possible, especially considering the looming expenditure for the Summer Olympics. More and more networks have been looking at altering the size of pickups outside of the standard 13, with notable examples being the six episode order for Fox’s The X-Files Revival, 8 episode order for Marvel’s Agent Carter and 11 episode order for American Crime.
Penned by The Office‘s Justin Spitzer, Superstore follows a group of employees at a big-box store and explores the examination of love, friendship and the beauty of everyday moments. The comedy is produced by Universal Television and stars America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos. Justin Spitzer, David Bernad and Ruben Fleischer executive produce.
Hot & Bothered follows Ana Sofia, the star of a Latino soap-opera, and her lively family of cast and crew who are all competing to steal the spotlight. When the cameras turn off, the drama turns up as Ana battles pesky network execs, drunken script writers, narcissistic co-stars, and an unfortunately familiar new onscreen love interest. The comedy series is produced by Universal Television and stars Eva Longoria, Jencarlos Canela, Diana Maria Riva, Jose Moreno Brooks, Alex Meneses, Amaury Nolasco, Jadyn Maria and Izzy Diaz.