12:30pm PT by Michael O'Connell
NBC Renews 'Superstore'
After renewing nearly every drama on its roster, NBC is now committed to bringing at least one comedy back. The network announced Tuesday that America Ferrera vehicle Superstore has been picked up for a second season.
The renewal should be no shocker to anyone paying attention to the Universal Television-produced sitcom's ratings performance. It's consistently been the network's strongest Monday night performer since its January launch, successfully opening the night at 8 p.m. through its Feb. 22 finale after a strong initial sampling from a post-Voice preview in December. Its live-plus-seven-day haul, season to date, is a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers — easily making it the network's top-performing half-hour.
“We’re thrilled to renew a show that’s so incredibly funny and relatable, full of great characters who are brought to life by an amazing cast and creative team,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke. “After such a successful first season, we look forward to seeing more of the wonderful America Ferrera, Ben Feldman and the rest of this hilarious cast in season two.”
In addition to Ferrara and Feldman, the big-box-store workplace comedy stars Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Mark McKinney, Nichole Bloom and Lauren Ash. The initial pickup is said to be for 13 episodes, a common trend for midseason comedies of late. The show was created and written by Justin Spitzer, who also serves as an executive producer alongside Ruben Fleischer, David Bernad, and Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green. Spitzer Holding Company and The District produce with Universal.
A network note on the renewal pointed out that Telenovela, Superstore's lesser-watched Monday neighbor, remains under consideration for a pickup, along with the rest of the comedy roster. That intimate group includes Undateable, The Carmichael Show and freshman Crowded. (The latter two have yet to even premiere this midseason.)
On the drama side, NBC has been particularly bullish in anticipation of the 2016-17 season. Nearly all of its current hour-longs have already been tapped to return.