Saturday, May 18, 2024

NBC Renews “Young Rock” and “Kenan” Despite No Actual Demonstrable Audience for Either


Well, I was wrong.

NBC has renewed “Young Rock” and “Kenan” despite either show having any demonstrable audience.

Ratings for both shows are lower than the farm report, as they would say. Seriously, the daytime soaps do better. If these shows stay on the air then “Days of our Lives” should get a three year guarantee.

Here’s the executive quote:

“It has been a true joy to watch Dwayne Johnson & Kenan Thompson on NBC every week and see families connect with their relatable, entertaining and heartwarming stories,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We’re thrilled to renew both of these shows for another season and can’t wait to see more from Dwayne, Kenan and the incredibly talented casts and producing teams behind each of them.”

Really? I guess they had nothing else in the hopper. Plus Kenan’s on “SNL” so they want to keep him happy, and The Rock is The Rock. But still. Really?

For Kenan, please change the writers and the concept. Let Kenan be Kenan. And Kenan, don’t give up your day job!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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