TCA 2014: Bob Greenblatt makes a “bullish” prediction
NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt predicted a seventh season for “Parks & Recreation,” but said the new “Michael J. Fox Show” and “Sean Saves the World” face an “uphill battle” on Thursday nights.
Asked about the likelihood of a second season for “Fox,” Greenblatt replied, “I don’t know what the chances are,” adding that he would “love to bring it back.”
Greenblatt made the “Parks” prediction as NBC announced a new overall deal with the show’s star, Amy Poehler, who brought home a Golden Globe for NBC last week. The network has also just bought a new pilot from Poehler, “Old Soul,” in which Natasha Lyonne will star as a woman trying to find herself while working with seniors.
Greenblatt spoke at a Television Critics Association panel on Sunday. He joked about making a series of “bullish” predictions for his network, which is No. 1 in the 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers.
NBC entertainment president Jen Salke said the “Parks” prediction didn’t necessarily mean that “Community,” another Thursday show, would not be back. She said no decision on “Community” has been made yet.
Greenblatt was blunt in his assessment of “Fox” and “Sean,” two new shows that have struggled on Thursdays.
“We’re really unhappy that we can’t find an audience for them,” he said, saying the network may make adjustments to try to keep the shows on the air.