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The 7 New Series NBC Has Picked Up That May Spell the End for "Community" and "Parks and Recreation"

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 8, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 8, 2012 |

There’s still no official word on the renewal or cancellation of “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” but we do know why their renewal prospects are being threatened: Even before the full-slate of pick-ups have been announced, NBC has picked up seven new shows to series. Several of those are sitcoms.

Here’s the slate, so far:


  • “Go On” starring Matthew Perry, who plays an irreverent yet charming sportscaster trying to move on from a loss. He finds surprising solace from the members of his mandatory support group. NBC is so high on this sitcom they’re thinking of premiering it in August.

  • “Animal Practice” starring Justin Kirk (“Weeds”). Basically, a comedic version of “House,” set in a veterinarians office. Also stars Taylor Labine, who is unfortunately show-killing poison.

  • “Hannibal” is only under the promising category because of creator Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies.”) It’s a contemporary thriller series featuring the classic characters from Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon - FBI agent Will Graham and his mentor Dr. Hannibal Lecter - who are re-introduced at the beginning of their budding relationship.

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  • Ryan Murphy’s “New Normal,” a heartwarming comedy about a blended family of a gay couple and a cash-strapped waitress and mother of one Goldie (Georgia King) who becomes a surrogate to help them have a child. Justin Bartha, Georgia King, and Ellen Barkin star.

  • “Revolution” from J.J. Abrams and Jon Favreau. It’s a high-octane action drama following a group of characters struggling to survive and reunite with loved ones in a world where all forms of energy have mysteriously ceased to exist. This one doesn’t fall in the dreadful category because it stars Giancarlo Esposito, but it doesn’t fall under the promising category because it also stars Billy Burke.


  • “Save Me” starring Anne Heche as a woman who lets herself - and her marriage - go until she undergoes an “awakening” that transforms her spiritually and physically into a desirable and outspoken woman who just might be channeling god.

  • “1600 Penn” stars Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Martha MacIsaac. It’s a family comedy set in the White House. I like that it comes from Jon Lovett — a speechwriter for Obama — but family comedy? With Pullman and Elfman? I’m skeptical.


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