We’d be lying if we said we were surprised.
Happy Endings and Smash have both been cancelled, with not much chance of being saved. It’s possible Happy Endings could go the way of Cougar Town and end up on a cable network (fingers crossed), but there’s been nothing promising so far. Smash-cancellers NBC also cancelled The New Normal, while ABC dropped How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life (thank goodness), Body of Proof, Red Widow and Malibu Country.
But there’s always a silver lining. When one show ends, another begins, or gets a stay of sentence.
That’s what’s happening with NBC’s Community. Like it or not, the now-Dan Harmon-less sitcom is here to stay, at least for another thirteen episodes. ABC have extended the lives of Suburgatory, Scandal, Revenge, Modern Family, Castle and Once Upon a Time.
And here’s to new beginnings! ABC has ordered twelve new shows. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D made it, which is welcome news. Joss Whedon has a knack of writing shows that become cult classics (see Buffy and Firefly), so it’ll be interesting to see what happens there. Joining S.H.I.E.L.D on ABC’s drama roster is a Once Upon a Time spinoff, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Returned, detective show Mind Games, Killer Women, Lucky 7 and Betrayal. On a more funny note, Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night (executive produced by Conan O’Brien), The Goldbergs, Mixology (which has a bit of a Happy Endings feel), Trophy Wife and Back in the Game are all coming to ABC.
In news at NBC, three new sitcoms (including The Michael J. Fox Show) are being added. They’re saving Believe (produced by J. J. Abrams) and new comedies About a Boy and The Family Guy (not Family Guy), as well as thriller Crisis, for later in the season. Finally, Hannibal is up in the air, but fingers crossed.