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NBC gives Parks and Recreation an early renewal

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 29th 2010 11:45PM
parks_and_recreation_hunting_trip_nbcThere hasn't been much to cheer about coming from NBC of late, unless you consider the upcoming Winter Olympics worth jumping up and down about, or you've been happy about Chuck's return. The Leno-Conan business has just been nasty, the resolution bungled and the prospects for new product unexciting.

But late Friday night something happened at the Peacock that is worth getting psyched about. NBC gave Parks and Recreation a season three renewal.

Like CBS's vote of confidence renewal for How I Met Your Mother earlier this week, this was a great move by NBC and a sign that somebody at 30 Rock -- the real NBC, not the Alec Baldwin/Tina Fey version -- sees quality and has rewarded it.

Parks and Recreation is a terrific sitcom. It's grown so much since it began as a showcase for Amy Poehler with an Office comedy doc-camera style. And it's not about the pit anymore. Instead, the characters have been allowed to blossom and become integral to the show. They're very, very funny, and so is the show.

Giving Parks and Recreations another season follows the tradition of other NBC comedies that needed time to evolve. Seinfeld wasn't a hit when it started. The Office struggled to find its own American footing.

By the way, NBC has had such a rough time with any show doing great in the ratings unless its called The Biggest Loser, that the renewal of Parks and Recreation is not based on the numbers (which ironically is what Jay Leno said matters most when he was on Oprah).

Parks and Rec has done decent numbers, but regularly trails Fox, CBS and ABC, as do most of the other Thursday night sitcoms. So NBC chose not to go just by the numbers. The executives went by the gut and gave Amy's show another season.

Bravo, NBC.

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Joe B

Quite the contrary Argus. I think this is great news for Community. Community has continually outperformed P&R all season and it is just as critically acclaimed. I don't see why NBC would break up its Thursday night comedy block now. It seems content with being number 4. Plus with Jay Leno being canceled, it allows shows a better shot at getting picked up. Its also worth noting that the only reason why P&R was picked up so early is because of production issues. The popular thought seems to be that Amy Poehler had other offers lined up for the near future, so they chose to keep her now instead of letting her walk away to a new project.

January 30 2010 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Argus

Doesn't look good for community.

January 30 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Derek

No. It will be 7 months after Season 3 premieres.

January 30 2010 at 4:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Yes. Now lets see if NBC changes their mind again and decides to cancel it two weeks before the premiere.

January 29 2010 at 11:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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