TV Critic’s Corner

On NBC, ‘Sunnyside’ is over early and ‘Will & Grace’ is back early

Kal Penn in Sunnyside, Queens, where the NBC sitcom “Sunnyside” takes place.
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Kal Penn in Sunnyside, Queens, where the NBC sitcom “Sunnyside” takes place.

The first casualty of the fall season appears to be “Sunnyside,” the NBC Thursday night sitcom starring Kal Penn.

The show, which premiered on Sept. 26, will be pulled from the schedule after this Thursday’s episode; the remaining episodes will move NBC’s digital platforms. Penn plays a disgraced local politician who tries to rehab his image — and, perhaps, his heart — by helping immigrants become American citizens. But viewers weren’t watching. It has had the lowest ratings of any NBC show this fall — and of any of the four main networks’ new fall shows.

To fill the gap, NBC is going to begin the final (and they mean FINAL final) season of “Will & Grace” early. It was originally due next year, but now it will premiere on Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m., with 18 episodes in all.


By the way, in the promo for “Will & Grace,” we learn that Grace is pregnant. “What an amazing mom you’re going to be,” Will says to her. “I mean, by the time this baby’s my age, I’ll be — well, I’ll be dead.”

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Jack response to Grace’s news: “You’re trying to cook a baby in an old 1970s Easy-Bake, lady.”

By the way, only one new network show has gotten a full-season order: Fox’s “Prodigal Son,” a drama about a profiler and his serial killer dad.