NBC cancels shows : Ironside and ‘Welcome to the Family. NBC is yanking two low-rated series — a remake of Ironside and sitcom Welcome to the Family — and set premiere dates for Community and a Chicago Fire police spinoff.
Cult favorite Community returns Jan. 2, in its former Thursday at 8 ET/PT time slot, bumping Parks and Recreation to 8:30. (Parks will be pre-empted until then by repeats and specials, except for two pairs of back-to-back episodes on Nov. 14 and 21.)
Chicago PD, a spinoff of Chicago Fire starring Jason Beghe, Jon Seda and Sophia Bush, will premiere Jan. 8 (Wednesdays at 10 ET/PT) in Ironside’s time slot, which after next week’s episode will be filled by Dateline NBC, SNL and other specials.
Ironside is averaging just 6 million viewers, and is the oldest-skewing new show on network TV this fall. Welcome to the Family claimed just 2.7 million And Parks is drawing a low 3.9 million, and is incompatible with the rest of NBC’s Thursday comedy lineup, consisting of broader (if only slightly more popular) series led by Michael J. Fox and Sean Hayes.
Here’s what to watch for in Family‘s Thursday night 8pm time slot:
Oct. 24: encore episode of The Voice
Oct. 31: SNL Halloween special
Nov. 7: new episode of The Voice
Nov. 14: back-to-back new episodes of Parks and Recreation
Nov. 21: back-to-back new episodes of Parks and Recreation
Nov. 28: Sunday Night Football’s Thanksgiving game
Dec. 5: The Sound of Music Live starring Carrie Underwood
Dec. 12: Premiere of Mark Burnett-produced Season 3 of The Sing-Off
Dec. 19: The Sing-Off
On January 2, Community returns with back-to-back episodes.
NBC also canceled its modern take on the classic Raymond Burr cop series Ironside, starring Blair Underwood as the wheelchair-bound detective, airing one last episode this Wednesday at 10pm ET/PT before filling the time slot with the following:
Oct. 30: Season premiere encore of Law & Order: SVU
Nov. 6: new episode of Dateline
Nov. 13: new episode of Dateline
Nov. 20: new episode of Dateline
Nov. 27: SNL Thanksgiving special
Dec. 4: SNL Christmas special (begins at 9pm ET/PT)
Dec. 11: Kelly Clarkson Christmas special
Dec. 18: Michael Buble Christmas special
On Jan. 8, 2014, Chicago P.D. — spin-off of the network’s Dick Wolf-helmed hit Chicago Fire — will take over the slot.