In a move that proves all TV executives are not soulless monsters out to destroy quality television, the chairman of NBC has announced the renewal of three of its Thursday night comedies: Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office.
The move is not completely a surprise. The Office
has the highest ratings of any scripted program on NBC, although its future has been seen as more precarious with the impending departure of star Steve Carell. Parks and Recreation
, meanwhile, has improved its ratings and viewership in the second season, despite a much-delayed return. And Community
, while the lowest of the three renewed programs in terms of ratings, has spent the past year reaping critical praise
Today's renewal means that four of NBC's Thursday night comedies will carry over into next year. Emmy favorite, 30 Rock
was renewed for a sixth season late in 2010.
On the subject of the renewed programs, 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. Along with 30 Rock
, they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit, and sophistication. The Office
continues to fire on all cylinders on the most competitive night of television; Parks and Recreation
has come into its own this season as the rightful companion to The Office
; and Community
is one of the freshest comedies on any network and a solid foundation for Thursday night."
The trio of renewals does leave the fate of NBC Thursday's first-year comedies, Outsourced
and Perfect Couples
, in question. With neither show pulling in ratings that would guarantee renewal, the lack of mention today could be a problem. It's entirely possible that NBC will reduce their three-hour Thursday comedy block back to the more traditional two hours, keeping only the renewed shows.
With the renewal announcement also comes continued speculation about the several shows still awaiting word on further seasons. Scripted programs like Chuck
, Harry's Law
will have to continue to wait in order to find out if they also match NBC's "brand."
Are you excited about the renewals? Which show renewal is the most welcome to you? Are there other NBC shows whose renewal you want? Let us know!(Image courtesy of NBC)