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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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