Friday, May 24, 2024

“Kenan,” “Mr. Mayor” Cancelled by NBC, “Young Rock” Renewed, CBS Ditches “B Positive,” “United States of Al”


The season renewals and cancellations at the networks are pouring in now.

Some updates: NBC kept “Young Rock” because they have to — Dwayne Johnson and his Universal deal — even though no one is watching it.

At the same time, NBC ended “Kenan” and “Mr. Mayor” because they don’t own them. Kenan Thompson deserves a good comedy, this wasn’t it. So he’ll likely renew at “SNL” for another year, which is great. Everyone loves him.

“Mayor” was a mess. It was like imposing “30 Rock” on a new group of people who didn’t get it. The rhythms were all off, and Holly Hunter — a great actress, Oscar winner — was totally wasted. It was such a car crash.

On CBS, say goodbye to “B Positive” finally after a retooled second season. Annaleigh Ashford needs a whole new concept and she will be a big TV star. But she was drowning in this swamp. CBS also killed “The United States of Al.”

On NBC, both “Law & Order SVU” and “Organized Crime” were renewed no surprise. The 8pm “L&O” will likely come back, too. With “This is Us” ending, NBC has a lot of space to fill up.

There will be more announcements shortly. ABC is going to renew their Wednesday comedy line up even though the ratings are insufficient. “The Wonder Years” lost EP Fred Savage to accusations of stupidity, so who knows what happens there? That means two of the four Wednesday ABC shows has had an HR problem, “The Goldbergs” being the other. “The Conners” will return for one more season. On Tuesdays, ABC loses “Blackish.” But ABC does have “Abbott Elementary,” the brightest spot on TV this season.

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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