NBC has halted production on Sean Saves the World just 13 episodes into the comedy’s inaugural season. As reported by Entertainment Weekly, NBC had ordered 18 episodes of the show, and two of the remaining five have already been shot. Whether they will air or not is unknown at this time.
Sean Saves the World was low-rated and not well-received by critics, so today’s news isn’t particularly shocking. More interesting is what NBC will do next. Previous reports have placed fellow Thursday night comedy The Michael J. Fox Show, which was a straight-to-series order by the Peacock before a single episode had even aired, on the chopping block as well despite Fox’s general likability and a Golden Globes nomination. Both Sean and Michael J. Fox were likewise missing from NBC’s primetime hype reel at the Television Critics Tour earlier in January.
With another pilot season upon us, NBC is once again scrambling to find venerable replacements for The Office and 30 Rock for the once-coveted Thursday night comedy slot. The cancellation of Sean Saves the World and possibly The Michael J. Fox Show does clear up space for critical darlings Parks and Recreation and Community, both of which have stared down cancellation year after year.
NBC president Robert Greenblatt unofficially renewed Parks during the TCA press tour, though he would only say a sixth season for Community was a “strong possibility.”