The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: NBC Comedies



NBC in the early 2010’s was like The Titanic. Plenty of people were yelling “Iceberg right ahead!” But no one at the top was doing anything about it. Some of the problems were understandable — it’s hard to pull the plug on low-Nielsen rated but still beloved shows like 30 Rock and Parks & Recreation and Community. The other problem was on the side though. They just couldn’t come up with anything that had any sticking power. Coupled with a muddled brand, Must See TV was sunk.


Last year was a turning point for NBC.  It takes time to turn a boat around, as it took some time for NBC to finally admit that they should be going mainly after broad comedies. Sure, this causes them to pass on shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but would that show have really worked on network TV? This is going to be a huge season for them, with a lot of opportunity.

Where do things stand now? Truth Be Told got the quick hook, Undateable’s live experiment didn’t really juice the ratings, and Telenovela was far from caliente. But Superstore did just enough to get a second season and The Carmichael Show is probably the best multi-cam on the air. Looking ahead to this season, we see some familiar NBC names (, , , Charlie Grandy, Matt Hubbard, Adam Sztykiel) and some interesting new faces (, , , ). I’m interested to give these a read.

Let’s go…


                         Crunch Time          Good Place       Good Fortune      Imaginary Friend

                            Marlon     Me & Mean Margaret        Powerless            Sebastian       

                Sunset PPL        The Trail        Untitled Amy Poehler / Charlie Grandy Comedy

                           Untitled Matt Hubbard           Untitled Tracey Wigfield          Vlad

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1 Comment

  1. Is there a reason why Andrew Woodberry seems to have written all the Runway articles except NBC Dramas, which seems to be from a different contributor?

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