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Space Pope
« Reply #40 on: 05-13-2014 01:50 »


Glad it's not diving into office levels of monotonous, but a little bummed with the shorter episode run

The shorter run is kind of a bummer, but at least the writers will know ahead of time that this is the last season: it'll give them enough time to craft the kind of silly-'n'-heartwarming ending the show deserves.

Urban Legend
« Reply #41 on: 05-13-2014 04:18 »

I'm a little surprised NBC is finally axing the Thursday night comedy lineup

Space Pope
« Reply #42 on: 05-13-2014 04:34 »

Times are a changing and NBC don't know how to pick them comedies anymore. But to be fair I feel like television comedy that appeals to the mass is a dying art anyway. Look at the two most popular sitcoms, Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Both are still multi-cam sitcoms with a live/canned audience that cater to the lowest common denominator of humor (and I still kinda like BBT). But the more popular shows like Community, The Office, Arrested Development, 30 Rock to name a few have relied on assuming their audience is not stupid and also film single-camera style (which I do defy you, name me a multi-cam sitcom that isn't the two aforementioned already that's as successful as Parks and Rec or Brooklyn Nine-Nine nowadays). I guess it's not that NBC can't pick good shows but it doesn't know how to market them properly or attract a big enough audience to watch them.

I mean have you seen their lineup for this fall? The one with Cristin Milioti looks like a boring version of How I Met Your Mother that cuts off the "met your mother" part right at the knees. Although Bad Judge with Kate Walsh looks kinda fun.

Space Pope
« Reply #43 on: 05-13-2014 05:01 »

To be fair, just a few years ago, NBC had one of the strongest comedy line-ups I've ever seen on television (30 Rock, Community, Parks & Rec, and The Office back when it was still good). I wouldn't chalk it up to "NBC's ability to pick good comedies" changing so much as "broadcast television in general" changing.

For the record, their upcoming Tina Fey show with Ellie Kemper and Jane Krakowski (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) looks promising, as does the new project from the Happy Endings creators with Ken Marino and Casey Wilson (Marry Me). I wouldn't give up hope just yet.

As for Parks & Recreation, I'm fine to see it go out on top, and I'm happy that the writers will have enough foresight to plan the ending out. The reduced episode order is a bit of a bummer, but I suspect it'll play more-or-less as an extended miniseries to wrap the show up (much like 30 Rock's final season).
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