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Time for a Purge at NBC

This was supposed to be the season of recovery for NBC, but the only new show it has that anyone will watch voluntarily is yuppie bait, Up All Night.

Making the situation worse is that NBC has a schedule full of dogs as it keeps bringing back loser shows like Community, Chuck and Parks and Recreation which shut out even more of a potential audience. NBC needs a major purge, badly, but this is the 30 Rock network with its head too far up its own peacock to do what has to be done.

The Office won’t last forever. Playboy Club was a bad idea that performed badly. Prime Suspect could have worked, but it’s a dead end. Keeping Community on might be defensible if it at least hit the demographic sweet spot, but it doesn’t.

NBC used to rule Thursday night. Now Community pulls in audiences about the size of a community college against a Big Bang Theory past its prime. And Parks and Recreation gets eaten for lunch by everyone. It’s time for NBC to pull the plug.

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  • Heavy Armor October 3, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Do you know when NBC laid the groundwork for its own demise?

    Try when its biggest shows were “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “ER,” and “Law and Order.” Back then, it could afford to make any mediocre content it wanted, because those 4 shows carried the network. The biggest problem is that they were all “safe” shows, mostly about nothing (except for L&O’s ‘Ripped from the Headlines’).

    Now? With no modern-day versions of Stephen Cannell, Glen Larson, or even Dick Wolf or even David Kelley waiting in the wings, NBC’s (well, all of TV networks) blandness is catching up to them, and leaning on movie producers like Abrams and Spielberg is not going to save them.

  • O_Deus October 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    They’ve got Kelley but Harry’s Law isn’t doing that well either and Wonder Woman never made it to air.

    The real problem from those days is they fastened on to that young affluent audience and they still have some of it, but they lost everyone outside it. They keep appealing to the Friends prototype audience, instead of trying to reinvent themselves.

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