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NBC Is Going To Stop Making Shows That No One Watches

Kelly Conaboy | July 25, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Something we’ve discussed many times in the past is that although we (some of us) and Tumblr love (or loved) the shows on NBC’s Thursday night lineup, almost no one else even knows they exist and they don’t really make NBC any money and it’s kind of weird that they were ever able to be on NBC in the first place. Right? You remember that we’ve talked about it? You remember. It looks like NBC has finally caught onto this, announcing that they’re going to stop making shows for weirdos and start making shows for dummies. From Time:

This morning at the Beverly Hilton, NBC entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt spoke to introduce the network’s new fall schedule, with a message: NBC can no longer afford pride. Those sophisticated, risk-taking, grown-up comedies? Love ‘em! Not going to do ‘em so much anymore!

“We’re in a transition,” Greenblatt said. “We’re trying to broaden the audience.” And while he called the network’s Thursday roster–and Community, moving to Fridays, “great shows,” he frankly said: “We just can’t get the audience for them. They tend to be a little bit more narrow and more sophisticated than you want for a broad audience.”

C’est la vie. To everything turn, turn, turn. So it goes. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need on other channels and also the Internet and probably Netflix at some point. This is, I’m sure, not a big shock to anyone after seeing what was on deck for NBC during Upfronts Season, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to give you guys a chance to MOURN IT OUT! So. R.I.P. NBC weird comedy rock block. You will be missed, by some.