NBC Gives Full-Season Orders to WHITNEY and UP ALL NIGHT; Cancels THE PLAYBOY CLUB

     October 4, 2011


Now that a couple weeks have gone by, the orders for cancellation or pick-ups are coming through to determine which new series will stick around for a full season. Fox already ordered New Girl after a stellar performance in the ratings, and now NBC has chimed in by showing faith in two of their new comedies. The network announced today that they have given full season orders to both Whitney, the sitcom from comedian Whitney Cummings and Up All Night with Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph. Frankly, I don’t think Whitney deserves the order with its mediocre jokes, distracting laugh track and painfully artificial performances. And this is coming from someone who enjoys the comedic exploits of Whitney Cummings’ stand-up. As for Up All Night, while it hasn’t been the most hilarious new comedy, it delivers plenty of great moments, has far superior writing and much more charm. Guest stars like Will Forte and Jorma Taccone have certainly helped out, and it has the potential to really take off with a whole season at its disposal. The fate of NBC’s other new comedy Free Agents remains to be seen though, but I’m not sure it’s going to last.

However, along with new life on NBC also comes death as TV Line reports the network has canceled The Playboy Club after just three episodes. The drama series starring Amber Heard just hasn’t delivered in the ratings department, and couldn’t live up to the Mad Men quality it was clearly trying to emulate with Eddie Cibrian doing his best Don Draper impression at every turn. Stay tuned as more orders and cancellations come rolling in very soon.