NBC just canceled three comedies in one hour. The broadcaster has orphaned About a Boy, divorced Marry Me and made One Big Happy an ironic title. NBC has axed the sitcoms as part of a slew of Friday cancellations before the networks make their upfront presentations to advertisers next week.
About a Boy was the most successful of the bunch, lasting two seasons. Yet in its sophomore year, About a Boy only averaged 4.6 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. As for Marry Me, the Casey Wilson and Ken Marino comedy averaged only 4.4 million viewers and a 1.5 rating—even with some help from The Voice as a frequent lead-in— and was taken off the schedule in February. And freshman One Big Happy had only 4.4 million and a 1.4 rating.
The news comes on the heels of NBC ordering drama series orders Chicago Med, the Chicago Fire/P.D. spin-off, other medical drama Heartbreaker, starring The Slap’s Melissa George, and Blindspot, about a Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander) who is discovered naked in Times Square, completely covered in mysterious, intricate tattoos with no memory of who she is or how she got there. See that picture here. On the comedy side, the network ordered Mark-Paul Gosselaar’s People Are Talking, America Ferrera and Ben Feldman workplace comedy Superstore and family fare Crowded.
More to come: We’re in the thick of a frantic annual three-day period of TV broadcasters making big decisions, so expect more series orders today—and perhaps some verdicts on existing shows as well. Follow @jameshibberd and @natalieabrams for up-to-the-minute details.