NBC is giving the producers of frosh dramedy “Miss Match” an early holiday present.
Peacock has ordered four additional episodes of the Alicia Silverstone starrer, which has been awaiting word of its fate for weeks. Move brings to 17 the total number of segs NBC has greenlit.
Skein, from 20th Century Fox TV-based Imagine Television, was one of the fall’s most heralded newcomers, with strong critical notices. But the show has struggled to find an aud on Friday nights.
NBC had already announced plans to pull the show from Fridays next month, replacing it with “Ed.” There had been talk of “Miss Match” returning to Fridays in the spring, but now NBC Entertainment prexy Jeff Zucker says he’ll give the show a shot in a new timeslot next year.
“Friday night is not the best night for it,” he told Daily Variety. “But we believe in (exec producers) Darren Star and Jeff Rake, and we absolutely believe in Alicia Silverstone. We’re committed to letting it continue to find its audience in a new timeslot this spring.”
NBC is already living up to that promise: An original “Miss” airs tonight at 10, with a contestant from regular timeslot occupant “Average Joe” featured as a guest star.
With the “Miss” pickup, Peacock has either canceled or renewed all of its frosh skeins, save one: “The Lyon’s Den.” An official verdict — almost certain to be cancellation — is expected soon.
David Nevins and Brian Grazer are also exec producers of “Miss.”