Amidst the crazy storm going on outside, we actually have some big news stories for you. First, the potential Office spin-off The Farm is officially not going to happen. The proposed show was going to center around Dwight Schrute and his various Schrute relatives on the beet farm where they live. An upcoming episode of The Office was supposed to act as a back door pilot, however before it even had a chance to air NBC has decided not to move forward with it. The pilot is still planed to air as an Office episode later this season, but it looks like it will not become a show. Rainn Wilson tweeted the following announcement:
In other NBC comedy news, Up All Night will undergo another major change this season. The show, which recently underwent a transition by canceling Ava's Oprah-esque show within the show to focus more on family life, will now be transitioning from a single-camera comedy to a multi-camera sitcom. I have never heard of a show changing from single-camrea to multi-camera before, so this should certainly be interesting. The decision was apparently made as a result of Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph's recent SNL hosting stints, and seeing how well they do in front of a live audience. The show will reportedly continue to be single camera until December, at which point it will go on a 3 month hiatus. (Perhaps Community will fill in this time slot???) It will then return in April as a multi-camera sitcom, complete with a studio audience and laugh track. While Up All Night has never done too well in the ratings (as is sadly the case with all other Thursday night NBC comedies), with 30 Rock and The Office ending this season (and the apparent cancellation of The Farm), it seems that NBC is trying its hardest to build Up All Night to be a future Thursday night anchor alongside Parks & Rec. Hopefully this latest change will work! Should be an interesting transition!
And a few minor hurricane-related TV tidbits. All new prime time comedy shows for tonight have been canceled (including a new How I Met Your Mother), however Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will reportedly air tonight, without a a studio audience! After initially offering anyone who'd be in attendance a free point of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, he later (smartly) sent them all home to be safe. The audience-less show is scheduled to air tonight on NBC at its normal 12:37am time slot with SNL's Seth Meyers as his guest! Hope we keep power long enough to watch! Stay safe everyone!