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Winner: NBC's summer lineup
NBC has had the sturdy "America's Got Talent" to help keep the lights on in July and August, but this summer, the Peacock put damn near a full functional lineup around it. "The Night Shift" and "Undateable," both seemingly dumped in the summer months after originally being earmarked for the regular season, performed solidly in the ratings (and "Night Shift" also gave us a classic in the form of key art) and getting renewed. "Last Comic Standing" also came back for the first time since 2010 and did well enough for renewal, while the network also found modest success with imports and international co-productions like "Welcome to Sweden" (which will come back) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (which could come back). Not everything worked — pirate epic "Crossbones" sank, and Canadian comedy "Working the Engels" has been canceled — but at a minimum, NBC is building a decent infrastructure for year-round programming.
- Alan Sepinwall