NBC has no real comedy brand at the moment. The network’s Thursday sitcom bloc imploded, and the Tuesday comedies are being kept alive entirely by the grace of ‘The Voice’ lead-in. A couple of weeks ago, the network decided to sell off mid-season comedy ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ to Netflix because they anticipated a drama-heavy spring lineup — also known as “we don’t know how to make comedies work right now.
There is still the matter of ‘Parks and Recreation,’ the last show standing (at NBC, at least; ‘Community’ moved to Netflix) from the previous NBC comedy brand, which consisted of low-rated but critically-adored boutique comedies. NBC’s been trying to get away from that brand from the moment Robert Greenblatt took over the network, and while nothing he and his team have tried in this area has worked, they’ve now announced plans to schedule the final season of ‘Parks’ in a manner that will end that era of NBC comedy as quickly as possible.