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NBC commits to more Community, Parks and Mercy

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 24th 2009 12:25PM
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Earlier this week, one of the big honchos at NBC was kvetching to the media about how the company hates being in fourth place. Well, the only way out of the bottom is better programming. I don't know if the network will succeed with this news, but at least it's committing to its programs. Three shows got full season pickups, Community, Parks and Recreation and Mercy. That means nine episodes more each.


Of the group, I'm most enthusiastic about the Amy Poehler show, Parks and Recreation. It's grown on me and as the characters get more evolved, I think it's getting funnier. And there's something about Amy. She can play the goofy Leslie Knope with just the right edge. She's not really dumb, but she doesn't quite get it either.

Community has promise, but even if you love the ensemble, this is a show that still hasn't completely jelled. That said, a full season might be just the ticket. It's part of the Thursday night line up many people -- me included -- DVR every week because there's just too many shows to watch. Community has potential for a long run... if you can buy all those characters still in junior college after more than a year or two. (Maybe they're so damaged they just stay forever?)

Mercy is the third full season pick up. It's no ER, but then what is for NBC? With Leno clogging the 10 o'clock time slot all week, there's less and less room for quality drama on the slate. Mercy hasn't caught on yet; this may be it's only chance.

[For more of Community, Parks and Recreation and Mercy, go to SlashControl.]

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Erin

I'll never get attached to an NBC drama ever again. Kings was an excellent show, but they gave it an awful time slot, didn't stand behind it, it got poor reviews and they yanked it after a few episodes. They need to give these shows time to form a solid audience. Glad they are supporting P&R because it's a great comedy. I hope more people check it out.

October 26 2009 at 11:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Edward

IF they only had the patience for Studio 60

October 24 2009 at 6:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TeenWolfie

Love, love, love Community. Might be my favorite new comedy of the season.

October 24 2009 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Andrew Cheadle

I love Parks & Recreation. Amy is great and the other cast members are excellent characters.

Is it me or does P&R look more like Arrested Development than it does The Office? I loved AD and P&R is my weekly fix (well, my VOD fix as I'm watching Fringe on FOX).

October 24 2009 at 3:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
eric f

I enjoy Mercy. I think it's great.

Trauma is Awesome.

October 24 2009 at 1:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geo

When I said, "NBC, show me some Mercy" I DID NOT MEAN THAT LITERALLY. What a lame show. bad acting. bad effects. overwrought. They dumped Southland for this?

October 24 2009 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yme Sandelmann

That's good news! I really love Parks & Recreation and Community ain't bad either. Don't watch Mercy, but I am always in favor of giving shows some time to grow and find an audience.

October 24 2009 at 1:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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