NBC has announced the renewal of three of its shows, discussed others still not renewed and set premiere dates for a few new series. First up the renewals. NBC has handed out renewal notices to 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser and The Office, each of which have performed well this season (although 30 Rock continues to struggle with a solid lead-in).
The network also declared that despite low ratings and an expecation among fans and critics that Lipstick Jungle will be canceled, they have yet to make an official decision as to the show’s future.
NBC also set premiere date for the untitled Amy Poehler comedy (8:30pm on Thursday, April 9th, the current Kath & Kim slot) and confirmed that John Wells’ new police drama Soutland will take over ER‘s spot at Thursday’s at 10pm.
New drama Kings will kick off on Sunday, March 15th at 8pm, while the new cooking competition series The Chopping Block will premiere at 8pm on Wednesday, March 11 filling in the Knight Rider slot.
New entertainment president Angela Bromstad said that the network is hoping for six dramas and four new comedies this fall and hopes to have the long-awaited action series The Philanthropist on the air as early as this spring.
And what about the struggling sci-fi drama Heroes? It’s future is safe, very safe apparently:
” ‘Heroes’ is very secure,” she says. “We have a great relationship with Tim Kring. … What’s important is we never lose sight of being responsible in production.”
As to Kath & Kim and Knight Rider, Bromstad says the shows “may or may not come back”.