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NBC Upfront: Cancelled, Renewed and New Shows

As Buhle Mbonambi, the TV Snitch, wrote in yesterday's column, the past two weeks have been hectic in the US TV industry. Shows were cancelled left, right and centre; some deserving (and undeserving) shows were renewed and new shows were picked up for the new season.  

The TV Snitch: The peacock channel cancelled one of the best comedy shows of the 21st century, Community. The Dan Harmon-produced comedy isn’t a ratings winner. Few shows on NBC, besides the football, ever are. But Community had a loyal cult following that has made the show one of the most popular on the internet. Surely NBC could have kept it for one more season, you know, just as a “Thank You’ to the fans and to give the show a proper finale. You know, like they did with Parks and Recreation



Growing Up Fisher
The Michael J. Fox Show
Sean Saves the World
Welcome to the Family

Parks and Recreation

The Voice
Parenthood (renewed for one final 13-episode season)
Chicago PD
About a Boy
Chicago Fire
The Blacklist
Law & Order: SVU
The Biggest Loser
Parks and Recreation (final season)

New Shows

NBC's new shows: State of Affairs, A to Z, Allegiance, Marry Me and Unbreakabla Kimmy Schmidt

State of Affairs: Former Grey's Anatomy's star Katherine Heigl makes her return to TV in this CIA drama, which is, apparently Scandal meets The West Wing meets Homeland. She plays a CIA officer who becomes the President's daily briefer and Alfre Woodard plays the President. 
Allegiance: Gavin Stenhouse plays an analyst who is horrified to learn his parents are former Soviet spies. But then his parents, are tasked with one final mission: to get their son to betray his country and become a Russian asset. Sort of like Homeland meets The Americans. 
Aquarius: Californication actor, David Duchovny, takes on the role of a '60s cop tracking infamous serial killer Charles Manson's rise to popularity in this period thriller.
Emerald City: This midseason drama, re-imagines Frank L. Baum's books, which inspired the Wizard of Oz. So it's basically a Wizard of Oz prequel. So we get to meet Dorothy, as a 20-year old, who finds herself at the center of a battle for Oz.
Odyssey: Peter Facinelli, Jake Robinson and Anna Friel star in this international thriller. 
Constantine: Another comic inspired show- WHAT is it with the comic shows, people? really? Anyway this one is from David S. Goyer who brought us Da Vinci's Demons, Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises. It stars Criminal Minds' Matt Ryan as John Constantine, a man who's soul is already damned to hell, the series centers on the anti-hero's battle to find the demons that threaten our world and send them back where they belong. 
A to Z: How I Met Your Mother's Cristin Milioti stars in this romantic comedy series, which is set in the world of an online dating company. 
Mysteries of Laura:  Smash star Debra Messing is back in this procedural drama from executive producers Aaron Kaplan and Greg Berlanti. Based on a Spanish format, Messing plays a female homicide detecive who juggles crime, her ex-husband and her twin boys. It's a bit like a serious dramedy, in the vein of Castle? 
Marry Me: The trailer for Marry Me is amazing. Of course, it comes from Happy Endings creator David Caspe! The new comedy series stars Casey Wilson, who gets engaged to Veronica Mars' Ken Marino and realizes it's harder than it looks.  It's really funny, plus it has charm. 
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Tina Fey is back on TV and with her she brings and  The Office's Ellie Kemper as a woman who escapes from a cult to start a new life in New York City. So many funny moments to expect from this one. 
Mr. Robinson:  Craig Robinson (The Office) plays a musician who gets a job as a middle school music teacher. It was only picked up for six episodes. Let's hope it's a dark mini-series comedy then.
Working the Engels: A sitcom centering on the Engels, a family that must band together and run their late father's law firm when his death leaves them in massive debt. 

Most the of the shows will make their debuts in September/October. We will update you closer to the time when M-Net or other broadcasters (you know it's ONLY M-Net) bring the shows to South Africa. 

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