Come mid-May (if not sometimes sooner), the networks will be making some tough calls as to which series will return for the 2012-13 TV season, and which … won’t. As we did last spring, TVLine is singling out select “bubble” shows to survey their prospects.
Next up is a much-maligned freshman laffer that you may not think deserves a second look (but actually really does!).
THE SHOW: Whitney (NBC)
THE TIME SLOT: Most recently, Wednesdays at 8/7c.
THE CASE FOR KEEPING | As many a comedy does — right, Cougar Town? — Whitney stumbled a bit out of the gate. (Dan O’Brien’s Mark seemed like a particularly caricaturish “oops.”) But darned quickly, the show found its footing, establishing its central sextet (yes, even Mark) as possibly the most endearingly quirky ensemble this side of Happy Endings. Plus, the yin/yang pairing of series creator Whitney Cummings and Chris D’Elia made “Whitney” and Alex not only a wholly believable couple that was easy to root for, but arguably one of the cutest duos on TV.
THE CASE FOR CUTTING | It’s a shame that Whitney bagged its best ratings at the start of its run, when creatively it was at its weakest. Though the show improved, the so-so first impression that it had made, stuck. So NBC now is faced with the question: “Do we renew it and hope we can find a way to get people to re-sample it? Or do we walk away jealous that CBS got the Whitney Cummings project that really took off (2 Broke Girls)?” Also muddying matters: How will NBC look if it shows faith in the freshman sitcom that, merited or not, was critically derided, while Bent, the one that garnered near-unanimous kudos, fades away without a lick of network nurturing?
Vote below, then hit the Comments to make your own case for keeping or cutting Whitney.