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TV’s New Normal: How Shorter Runs, Fewer Episodes Are Revitalizing Primetime

17 May 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC had good reason to go all in on “The Good Place.”

The new comedy hails from “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur, who has a long history at the network and a deal at studio division Universal Television. NBC gave it a straight-to-series order, skipping the traditional pilot process. The network also committed to a 13-episode season, with no plans for a back-nine order — the sort of limited run typically reserved for expensive, producer-driven dramas such as Fox’s “Empire,” in which the creative demands outweigh the economic appetite for more TV at all times. The deal helped the show nab stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, two of pilot season’s top gets.

Cody Pickens for Variety

In this world we’re in now, there’s more of a sense that shows should have a number of episodes that befits that idea, instead of just, ‘Let’s do »

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