After going on a cancellation spree earlier today, NBC has renewed The Mysteries of Laura, The Night Shift and Undateable for next season.
The Mysteries Of Laura has been firmly on the bubble for months, but a recent ratings uptick led NBC brass to consider bringing it back for the 2015-2016 season. The show will undergo something of a creative shift for season two, and will focus more on Laura’s work as an NYPD Detective and less on her family life.
As for The Night Shift and Undateable – both had been widely tipped for renewals, after they performed OK in-season (the freshman run aired in the Summer last season). Medical drama The Night Shift is expected to return to NBC this coming Fall, while Undateable will once again be held back for mid-season.
There is a slight twist with Undateable, however. The Bill Lawrence created comedy recently showed some ratings growth with its first one-hour live episode and NBC, spurred on by that ratings growth, has mandated that the show’s 10 episode third season will consist entirely of live episodes. The move fulfils a recent development ambition at the network – namely to produce a live weekly comedy, which used to be a staple of network TV back in the 50s.
All told NBC has now renewed some eight series for the 2015-2016 season. The network previously granted early renewals to top performers Grimm, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Blacklist. Limited series AD: Beyond The Bible will not be returning next season.