NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt has explained the decision to cancel Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris after just one season in a chat with Ad Week:
The Wiz Live! was a hit, but you won’t be bringing back Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris. Did the mixed reception to your live shows this fall change your thinking about live programming?
Not really. The live thing shouldn’t be the tail that wags the dog. If that’s the best way to do it, then it should be live. Best Time Ever did relatively well, but we just decided that the format wasn’t the best format as it developed. I love Neil and he was such a trouper. We could have done that show not live, and probably put together a better show that was cleaner and crisper, but he really wanted to do the high-wire act of live. And we thought, OK, that’s how they do it in the U.K.
Stay tuned for updates in the unlikely event that Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris is resurrected by the renewal gods…