NBC has put the Cancellation Reaper on high alert after preemptively cutting the orders of its midseason comedies Superstore, starring America Ferrera, and Eva Longoria-starrer Hot & Bothered, from the original 13 to 10 episodes each.
As Deadline reports:
The move comes as NBC brass are starting to put together the network’s midseason schedule. I hear the two single-camera comedies were about halfway through production on their 13-episode orders, allowing for the reduction.
The decision is believed to be budget/scheduling-related as NBC executives are looking to keep the network’s lineup in originals throughout the year while staying on budget.
The decision isn’t necessarily fatal at this early stage, but it could dictate the renew/cancel narrative of Superstore and Hot & Bothered.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of both shows…