CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With NBC's cancellation of "Ironside" and "Welcome to the Family" last week, that brings this season's new show body count up to four. (Following ABC's "Lucky 7" and CBS' "We Are Men" for those of you keeping track at home.)
Plenty of other shows are finding success, though. Six -- NBC's "The Blacklist," Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and CBS' "Mom," "The Millers" and "The Crazy Ones" -- have already been picked up for a full season, and one -- Fox's "Sleepy Hollow" -- has even been renewed for season two already.
Four others -- ABC's "Back in the Game," "Super Fun Night," "The Goldbergs" and "Trophy Wife" -- have had extra episodes ordered. This means that the network is somewhat optimistic about the shows; however, there is no guarantee that the extra episodes (two to three for each show) will actually be produced.
I didn't mind NBC's cancellation news as "Welcome to the Family" was absolutely awful and "Ironside" was completely forgettable. But there was other news announced that same day that I'm much less thrilled about: "Parks and Recreation" is essentially going on hiatus until the new year.
It will have back-to-back episodes Nov. 14 and 21, then be gone until Jan. 9, when it returns at 8:30 p.m. for its 100th episode (following "Community," which has an hour-long premiere Jan. 2). Filling the slot in its absence is a variety of not-great things, including a repeat of "The Voice" this week, an "SNL" Halloween special, a Thanksgiving football game, two episodes of "The Sing-Off" and a "The Sound of Music Live" broadcast Dec. 5.
This is literally the worst news of the fall season.
Network series premiere: "Dracula," 10 p.m. Friday, NBC (Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as the titular vampire in 19th century London, posing as an American inventor, who has plans for revenge on the descendents of those who turned him).