NBC Cancels ‘Chelsea,’ ‘Awake,’ ‘Harry’s Law’ But Renews ‘Whitney’ … and More

by | May 11, 2012 at 3:14 PM | TV News

Chelsea Handler (Photo: NBC)

Hot on the heels of renewing cult fave “Community” for fourth season and bringing back “30 Rock” for a seventh and final season, NBC has revealed the fates of several shows from its primetime lineup.

First, the bad news: Chelsea Handler’s tragically low-rated sitcom venture “Are You There, Chelsea?” has been canceled, along with the previously pulled sitcoms “Bent” and “Best Friends Forever.”

The highly complicated drama “Awake,” about a traumatized cop living in two altered states, has also been axed.

Late Friday, the axe also fell on Kathy Bates’ legal drama “Harry’s Law,” which has been canceled after two seasons.

Looks like NBC is celebrating Leslie Knope’s big Election Day win by granting Amy Poehler’s “Parks and Recreation” a fifth-season pick-up, consisting of 22 new episodes.

The network has also decided to stay “Up All Night” with Christina Applegate and Will Arnett for another year, giving the freshman sitcom a Season 2 order of 13 episodes.

And, yes, even “Whitney” is coming back next season in a bit of a surprise, considering the sitcom’s so-so status.

On the reality front, NBC has renewed “Fashion Star,” starring Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and Elle MacPherson.

The first-season finale of “Fashion Star” airs Tuesday night.

Watch Last the Poignant Season Finale of “Parks and Recreation” and Try Not to Tear Up!