“There are things the show is going to do to try to improve its position,” Harbert said of “Rock Center,” adding that the show’s anchor, Williams, “is this huge asset that we want on television.”
One TV critic on the call, who is also “Community’s” biggest fan, having even appeared in the show once as the guy in the background leering at two of the show’s chick stars as they wrestled in oil, told Greenblatt that he was curious as to why Greenblatt decided to leave other Thursday comedies on that night next season, while shipping “Community” off to the vast wasteland that is Friday night.
NBC thought “Grimm,” which airs at 9 Fridays, would benefit from having scripted shows as its lead-in, Greenblatt said.
Poor “Community” has really got its work cut out. It’s paired with “Whitney,” which barely escaped the axe last week as NBC was finalizing its lineup. And “Community” has one of the younger-skewing audiences on broadcast TV — younger viewers who don’t watch broadcast TV on Friday nights. Look for “Community” to be the show in which 100 percent of its audience DVRs it.
Saturday continues as the home of NBC Rerun Theater, and Sunday is all about football in the fall; in the spring, it will host “Dateline” at 7 p.m., “Fashion Star” at 8, “Celebrity Apprentice” at 9 and a new Jekyll and Hyde-ish drama “Do No Harm” at 10.
In its announcement Sunday, NBC reminded reporters it has also picked up “The Biggest Loser” and “Smash” for next season. As expected, NBC axed comedies “Bent,” “Are You There Chelsea?” and “Best Friends Forever” as well as dramas “Awake” and “Harry’s Law.”
“We are all terribly sad. Many thanks for all your support,” “Harry’s” star Kathy Bates tweeted of the series. The show was NBC’s most-watched drama but skewed very old and was produced by Warner Bros., not NBC Universal — so the network’s parent company did not own its ancillary rights. Harbert said Sunday that they tried but failed to attract more young viewers to the show over its two seasons.
NBC has also ordered for mid-season a rich-folks murder-mystery soap, “Infamous,” and “Hannibal,” based on the books and flicks. On the comedy front, for mid-season, NBC has ordered up “Save Me,” starring Anne Heche as a woman with a direct line to God; dysfunctional first-family comedy “1600 Penn,” starring Jenna Elfman as the first lady, Bill Pulllman as POTUS and Josh Gad as the first son; and “Next Caller” starring Dane Cook as a foulmouthed satellite radio DJ who is forced to share the mike with a — feminist!
CBS nixes ‘CSI: Miami’
Looks like Horatio Caine Day is destined never to become a national holiday as we had hoped: CBS has canceled “CSI: Miami.”
“ ‘CSI: Miami’ leaves an amazing television legacy — a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade,” the network said Sunday in a statement about the camptastic David Caruso vehicle for sunglass-donning.
CBS chief Leslie Moonves had hinted to investors weeks ago that one of the “CSI” spinoffs was going to get it in the neck to clear the way for fresher programming. But most money was on lackluster “CSI: NY,” particularly because “CSI: Miami” enjoys strong overseas sales and AMC recently closed a deal to air reruns — including an 11th season if it were ordered.
Less spectacularly, CBS also canceled freshman shows “A Gifted Man,” “NYC 22” and “Unforgettable.” Raise your hand if you are surprised. . . . Nope, no one.
Getting back to that fresh material for which Horatio has laid down his life: CBS has picked up a drama starring Dennis Quaid as a rodeo star turned mayor of Las Vegas, a Sherlock Holmes update set in modern New York, a drama about a street-smart chick lawyer who makes it in Manhattan and one about a young cop’s meteoric rise to commissioner.
Comedy-wise, CBS has ordered “Partners,” about two male business partners — one’s gay, one gets married and hilarity ensues; and “Friend Me,” about two guys who go to Los Angeles to work for Groupon. Quick, before the layoffs start.
To read previous columns by Lisa de Moraes, go to washingtonpost.com/tvcolumn.