Brian Williams' 'Rock Center' and 'Smash' canceled
After an attempt at revamping "Smash" for the second season, NBC has pulled the plug on the series.
"Smash" has been canceled by NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The news outlet reports that the show cost somewhere around $4 million to produce each episode and suffered from lackluster ratings.
The network has also canceled the Ryan Murphy comedy "The New Normal," as well as the Matthew Perry sitcom "Go On, "1600 Penn," the troubled "Up All Night," "Whitney" and "Guys with Kids."
Brian Williams' news magazine show "Rock Center with Brian Williams" has also been canceled. The Hollywood Reporter notes that the series failed to catch the interest of viewers since it premiered in October 2011 and moved around the scheduled several times over the course of its run. The final episode of the show will air on June 21.
On the flip side, the network announced it renewed "Community" for a fifth season. The show has struggled in the ratings in the past, but has a dedicated and vocal fan base. NBC announced that it has picked up several shows for next season including an update of the '70s cop drama "Ironside" starring Blair Underwood, The Associated Press reports.
The network also picked up the drama "Chicago PD," from Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf. The new show will serve as a companion piece to "Chicago Fire," which has been renewed for a second season.
On the comedy side, NBC picked up a comedy called "Undateable," which stars "Whitney" actor Chris D'Elia as a ladies' man who wants to help his unlucky friends with romance.
Gillian Anderson, former star of "The X-Files," will be returning to television in the NBC series "Crisis," a drama about a bus full of high school students who are kidnapped.
The network's full fall schedule will be announced on Sunday, May 12.