2 items from 2015
In the wake of the "Parks and Recreation" finale, a Twitter follower asked me if the period when NBC had "Parks," "Community," "The Office" and "30 Rock" on the same night was the best comedy bloc ever. I replied that at least two other very strong alternatives immediately came to mind: NBC Thursdays for a few seasons in the mid-'80s with "The Cosby Show," "Family Ties," "Cheers" and "Night Court" (a night that also had "Hill Street Blues," and is therefore frontrunner for Best Overall Night of Network Programming Ever), and CBS Saturdays in the 1973-74 season with "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "The Bob Newhart Show." Call it, friendos: is one of those the best of all time? Is there another bloc — and all four comedies have to be great, as opposed to what "NewsRadio" creator Paul Simms once dubbed »
- Alan Sepinwall
TNT’s The Librarians shot out of the gates, and how could it not, and the network has finally announced a renewal.
Considering the numbers, this isn’t exactly a surprise. According to their own statement, it was the #2 basic cable show of the year, so bringing it back probably isn’t anything that fans were worried about… except that it kept not happening.
It isn’t actually a long time since the first season ended, but by today’s standards, it has been a bit of an odd wait. The delay is perhaps a hint at some behind-the-scenes uncertainty over contracts and schedules, especially in the case of Noah Wyle, who both is and isn’t a regular feature of the show, and who has other shows to do.
At any rate, you can rest easy. And, look for your chance to catch the show, if you haven’t already, »
- Marc Eastman
2 items from 2015
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