In the dead of night, while you were sleeping or paying attention to other less trivial things, ABC and NBC announced the cancellation of Happy Endings and Smash, respectively. Feel free to use this space as a memorial for both shows.
You know it's a weird upfront season when Community fans are the ones left with nothing to complain about in the end. Fans of Happy Endings and Smash will be disappointed to know their shows didn't get picked up for another year by their respective networks. Both had vocal but small fan bases for two very different reasons. Happy Endings was another ensemble sitcom that had smart writing but struggled to find a large audience. (It was a lot like Community in that way.) On the other hand, people loved Smash because it was a hot mess of television. So if you know any Smash or Happy Endings fans, give them a little love today. Hug them extra tightly. Buy them a milkshake, or something with a little more punch to it, to help them get out of the doldrums of television depression. (There is a slight silver lining for Happy Endings fans: the chance USA picks up the show. They did just cancel Burn Notice. Read into that what you will.)
Other things that got axed by either network include NBC's The New Normal. As our Richard Lawson noted yesterday evening before the news came down, NBC cancelled so many programs that The New Normal was the only freshman sitcom from the 2013 season poised to survive. So much for that! There's no other remarkable news from NBC because the only show still on order is The Voice. But ABC also got rid of these shows: Body of Proof, Red Widow and Malibu Country. Poor Reba McEntire. Where will we go for our weekly dose of Reba now?