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NBC Cancels Two Series and Picks Two Up For Full Seasons

NBC was the first to set up the
chopping block with their period drama The Playboy Club having
the dubious honor of being the first cancellation of the season. The
low-rated network also gave walking papers to Free Agents,
while giving full season orders to two of their other freshman
comedies, Up All Night and Whitney.

After a poor premiere and a steady
decline in ratings since then, The Playboy Club getting the ax
wasn’t unexpected. NBC’s equally under-performing new drama Prime
Suspect
will fill the gap on Mondays until the premiere of Rock
Center with Brian Williams
on
October 31.
The cancellation of Free Agents
was also inevitable, after for the second week in a row it failed to
surpass a 1.0 rating in the key demo. Reruns of NBC’s surviving
comedy Whitney will air in its place on Wednesdays; which is
where the series will likely end up when 30 Rock returns
midseason.

Though Whitney and Up All
Night
haven’t done for NBC what New Girl has done for Fox or 2
Broke Girls
has for CBS, they have performed solidly. NBC
Chairman Bob Greenblatt is also excited for the potential that both
series have to continue to build a loyal audience.

The Peacock also recently announced
that the series premiere of Grimm and premiere of Chuck’s
final season will be pushed back a week to now air on October 28.

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