NBC Cancels 'Up All Night,' 'Guys With Kids,' 'Whitney,' '1600 Penn,' 'Deception'
With its upfront presentation set for Monday in New York, NBC has begun making decisions on their bubble fare.
With its upfront set for Monday, NBC has begun notifying producers of the fate of its current programming. Stay tuned for the latest as news becomes available. Head over to The Hollywood Reporter's Complete Guide to Pilot Season 2013 for news on which dramas and comedies are not moving forward.
Up All Night
After its attempt to reboot itself as a multicamera comedy fizzled when the concept of a behind-the-scenes look at a struggling television series stalled, star Christina Applegate exited the sophomore series from exec producer Lorne Michaels. Further complicating its future, new showrunner Linda Wallem took the writing staff to Las Vegas for a farewell bash, signaling the end of the once-promising series that saw creator Emily Spivey exit earlier this year. For his part, co-star Will Arnett already has moved on, booking the lead role(in second position) in CBS' untitled Greg Garcia comedy pilot.
Guys With Kids
From executive producer Jimmy Fallon, the freshman comedy has been a modest performer on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., growing from its weak Animal Practice lead-in and remaining steady with replacement 8 p.m. entry Whitney. The series, which was granted a limited four-episode back-order in November, has averaged a 1.3 in the key 18-49 demo and just under 4 million total viewers. Given the Universal Television show's bubble status, co-star Zach Cregger booked an NBC pilot (Assistance, opposite Krysten Ritter) in second position.
Returning to the schedule on Wednesdays for its second season, Whitney didn't make much of an impression when taking over the time slot previously occupied by the since-canceled Animal Practice. The Whitney Cummings vehicle returned down compared with its series premiere (1.4 in the demo vs. 3.3 in its series bow). The series ended its abbreviated run in March averaging a 1.2 in the adults 18-49 demo and 3.6 million total viewers. Perhaps reading the tea leaves, co-star Chris D'Elia booked a pilot in second position, taking the starring role in NBC's Bill Lawrence comedy Undateable (which remains in contention). For her part, Cummings rose from a virtual unknown on the stand-up comedy circuit last year, landing two shows -- and an E! talker -- on the schedule. Of those, only CBS' 2 Broke Girls -- which she co-created -- remains after E! canceled Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings in February.
Arriving with an impressive pedigree that counted President Obama's former speechwriter Jon Lovett among its creators and star Josh Gad fresh off his buzz-worthy run on Broadway's Book of Mormon, the political comedy got off to a lackluster start, earning a 1.6 in the adult demo and 3.9 million viewers, failing to capitalize on to its Parks and Recreation lead-in. The Thursday comedy starring Bill Pullman wrapped its 13-episode run in March, ending up with an average of 1.1 in the demo and less than 3 million total viewers. For its part, young star Benjamin Stockham will stay put with NBC as the titular boy in Jason Katims' About a Boy adaptation, which was ordered to series early Thursday. Lovett announced the series' fate via Twitter: "It's official. 1600 Penn is a cult classic."
NBC's attempt to capture some of the buzz surrounding ABC's soapy thriller Revenge opened with signs of hope, earning a 2.0 among adults 18-49 and 3.6 million viewers on Mondays. However, the Meagan Good starrer quickly faded, wrapping its 11-episode run with an average of 1.2 in the demo. Despite holding on to its total viewers throughout its run, the Liz Heldens drama will not continue on, with co-star Tate Donovan also booking a role in CBS drama pilot Hostages in second position. For her part, Heldens has summer drama series Camp, starring Brothers and Sisters alum Rachel Griffiths, bowing in July on NBC.