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NBC Whacks "Black Donnellys" Sooner Rather Than Later

NBC is apparently REALLY unhappy with freshman series The Black Donnellys.

Just mere days after announcing that the April 16th airing would be the series' last, the Peacock has today turned around and issued another announcement stating that, following another dismal performance this week, it would be yanking The Black Donnellys off the air... immediately.

Ouch.

It was clear that The Black Donnellys, created by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco (of Crash fame), wouldn't be around for long anyway, as NBC planned to use the real estate for Ashton Kutcher's latest reality opus The Real Wedding Crashers (yes, about people hired to crash weddings as a prank!) instead. In the meantime, NBC will fill the timeslot next week with an additional episode of new comedy improv series Thank God You're Here.

As for those remaining Donnellys episodes, fans can catch the last six or so eps on NBC.com but let's just say the likelihood of the series returning next season is as probable as everyone making it out of the final installment of The Sopranos alive. Capice?

Comments

Anonymous said…
And yet...still no word on the return of Studio 60. Grrrrr....
Anonymous said…
http://petitionspot.com/petitions/Donnellys

SIGN THE PETITION TO SAVE THE SHOW AND POST THE LINK TO THE PETITION EVERYWHERE YOU CAN!
rockauteur said…
I actually liked the Black Donnelly's. I thought it was an interesting show, especially the lies that Joey Ice Cream tells as he narrates the show. What are we to believe? I love Irish mob stories, especially Paul Haggis' "EZ Streets." Like EZ, both shows were pulled before the end of their run!

Hopefully, Donnelly's will stream on NBC too and that their 13th episode has some semblance of closer.
Anonymous said…
Finally a drama that isn't REALITY CRAP! My wife & I love the show! I Tivo it & watch it at least twice/wk. It needs a new time slot, I think it was buried. Thank God You're Here is ridiculous, not as good as Who's Line is it Anyway. Here's a thought...just put it online & see how many hits it gets. Thank God it was on to see last week's episode on the net, so I didn't have to see that comedy crap. If trying to make it "family friendly" take out the drug use out & make the violence insinuated. CSI is just as gruesome. Change the name to the Donnelly Brothers instead of The Black Donnelly's...maybe it's the name. LOVE the show, LOVE it, LOVE it! I can't believe it's going to be gone, another great show killed by REALITY crap...put it on the WB or CW, anywhere just put it on the air somewhere!!!
Anonymous said…
Can't believe " The Black Donnellys" was cancelled. I don't know who makes these decisions, but, here we are watching an exciting continuos series-then poof- it's gone and one wonders what happened? I think network television has had it. we now watch, mostly, cable oriented series -at least they seem to have a responsible attitude to their viewers.
Unknown said…
When I heard that they were cancelling the Donnellys I was very upset. NBC has become the network of crap any more. I am very loyal to NBC b/c I almost felt that they had some great shows, but now they are bowing down to the lowest of all, bad reality that actually offends
Anonymous said…
NBC really needs to bring this one back. This show is easily comparable to the Soprano's which is in its last season. In fact I think that The Black Donnelly's is better than the Soprano's. I do agree with an earlier post that the Name of the show probably hurt the ratings. I myself neglected to watch the first episode because the name of the show sounded stupid. I then found myself with nothing to watch one monday night and decided to check it out. I love this show. I am so tired of these f-ing reality shows. Bring back real actors, drama, and action. BRING BACK THE BLACK DONNELLY'S
Anonymous said…
What a bummer. This was a great show. This really is going to be a bad year. First the Soprano's now The Black Donnelly's. This was the only show that I watched on NBC. I will definitly NOT be watching Wedding Crashers or any other stupid CRAP like that.
Derek said…
This show is amazing. I have recorded it (when it was on TV) and watched it with a group of 7-10 friends every week. I also download it on iTunes and watch it on-line. We're all pissed that NBC is putting stupid reality shows about idiots that actually want their weddings to be crashed and are willing to pay for it. Who does that? The Black Donnellys has a following. Leave it on the line-up and see how it does next season.
Jessica said…
I cannot believe this show was cancelled!! This show was my favorite..... I really dont know who makes these stupid decisions on cutting good tv shows!!! they really need to bring this back... you guys at NBC are not smart... You guys think that the Wedding Crashers Is better then The Donnelly's... someone needs to get fired... hopefully you will return this show.
Jessica said…
I cannot believe this show was cancelled!! This show was my favorite..... I really dont know who makes these stupid decisions on cutting good tv shows!!! they really need to bring this back... you guys at NBC are not smart... You guys think that the Wedding Crashers Is better then The Donnelly's... someone needs to get fired... hopefully you will return this show.

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