Great news for fans of television comedy and particularly the excellent shows airing Thursday nights on NBC: the network has officially decided to renew Community, Parks & Recreation andThe Office for another season! The news comes from TV Line where NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said “I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies which are all at the top of their game creatively.”
NBC comedies “Community” (1.9/6, 4.7 million) and “Parks and Recreation (2.1/6, 4.6 million) suffered slight week-to-week declines. “Parks,” which slightly trailed “Community” earlier this season, now seems to have caught up and passed it in the demo.
Good news!! NBC has renewed COMMUNITY, THE OFFICE, and 30 ROCK for new seasons, according to Michael Ausiello. That means that their entire Thursday night comedy lineup will be back (Parks and Recreation has already been renewed).
“The thing I love about NBC is that comedies have a chance to grow their legs,” said Gillian Jacobs, who plays Britta. Jacobs and her cast mates talked about the show’s future during a recent set visit at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. “NBC allowed ’30 Rock’ to find its legs, they allowed ‘The Office’ to find its audience, and look at ‘Parks and Recreation.’ It really is taking off this year.”
Dan Harmon, the creator, head writer and executive producer behind “Community” describes NBC’s Thursday-night comedy lineup as a brand and his show as a part of that brand. “We’re like an emcee for an evening of fantastic comedy,” Harmon said. “They put us on at 8 o’clock and we really hold our ground.”
THR has an article assessing the chances of shows being renewed for a second season, and good news for Community:
Ratings for the NBC comedy may not be hot, averaging a 2.6 with DVR added. But it has been a solid performer on Thursdays and NBC likes the show. With “Parks & Recreation” having received an early pickup with lower numbers, expect another semester. 90% (renewal chance)
Now that Parks & Recreation has been renewed for a third season, I don’t see how NBC can not renew Community as well. It’s got the more difficult 8pm timeslot, and its doing about 10% better in the ratings.
The peacock network has made a surprising early pickup and has renewed Parks and Recreation for a third season.
The Office and 30 Rock are all but guaranteed to be renewed but there’s no word on how the Parks order will affect Community’s chances for survival. The Chevy Chase freshman sitcom typically performs better than Parks so it would seem that it’s also a lock for renewal.
However, the network has eight comedy pilots in development and would likely want to keep a Thursday night timeslot open to try one or two. The network may be waiting to look at the new pilots until making a decision about Community.
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