NBC has decided not to go forward on full seasons of freshman comedies “A to Z” and “Bad Judge,” an individual with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap.
Currently, they’ll finish their original episode orders of 13 episodes each. “Bad Judge” has shot 10 episodes so far while “A to Z” has shot 11 episodes. They will both stay in their current Thursday night at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. timeslots and will not be pulled from the schedule.
Thursday’s episode of “Bad Judge” at 9 p.m. earned a 0.9/3 in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and 4 million viewers. “A to Z” at 9:30 dipped 22 percent to a 0.7/2 and 2.6 million viewers.
“Bad Judge” starred “Grey’s Anatomy” alum and “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a wild child in her private life who happens to be one of Los Angeles’ toughest criminal-court judges.
Produced by Universal Television and Gary Sanchez Productions, “Bad Judge” is executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, along with Chad Kultgen (“The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”), who wrote the pilot. Walsh, Anne Heche, Jill Sobel Messick and Kevin Messick are also executive producing.
A Warner Bros. Television production, “A to Z” stars Cristin Milioti, the titular “Mother” of “How I Met Your Mother,” along with “Mad Men’s” Ben Feldman, as an unlikely couple who nevertheless find love. The comedy also co-stars Lenora Crichlow, Christina Kirk, Henry Zebrowksi, and Katey Sagal as the narrator. It is executive produced by creator Ben Queen, Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.
Of what’s left of NBC’s new comedies, “Marry Me” was lucky enough to get the coveted “Voice” lead-in, though it has been consistently losing its audience. It currently averages a 1.9 in the key demo and 6.1 million viewers.
As for its freshman dramas, NBC recently gave its Debra Messing drama “Mysteries of Laura” a full season order. “Constantine” debuted last Friday to a 1.4 rating and 4.28 million viewers.