It seems as if NBC's quest to become the next CBS is hitting a bit of a roadblock.
With November sweeps looming, and NBC finishing towards the bottom for some time now, the network is taking a hatchet to their once industry darling “Thursday Night Comedy” schedule. They set out this season to become more like powerhouse CBS, green-lighting more broadreaching multicam comedies and passing on shows from people already in the NBC family, like John Mulaney’s, Mulaney, which has since been picked up by Fox.
However, it doesn’t appear as if their plan is working very well as both Sean Saves the Day and (the already canceled) Welcome to the Family aren’t doing so hot. So the powers that be have put their heads together and decided that perhaps showing The Voice and SNL specials as leadins to Sean Saves the World will indeed save the show.
Of course in order to do this, there needed to be a sacrificial lamb. Baby animal led to slaughter, thy name is Parks and Recreation. The Amy Poehler led show will be on a short hiatus until back to back episodes in mid-November, and then will disappear again until January. NBC will fill the time with the aforementioned SNL specials, The Voice, a live broadcast of The Sound of Music starring Carrie Underwood (yes, that sound you heard is the cries of agony from all fans of the classic movie), and the return of Community. The season has not been shortened, only chopped up into little bits.
The news is not all bad for Poehler however. She and Tina Fey have signed on to host the Golden Globes for the next two years. The awards show airs on January 12th, and in a perfect world, her hosting appearance will cause more people to tune into what has become the best NBC Thursday comedy of the year, despite still bringing in relatively abysmal numbers.