NBC Renews 'Parks and Rec,' 'The Office,' 'Whitney' and 'Up All Night'
NBC Renews 'Parks and Rec,' 'The Office,' 'Whitney' and 'Up All Night'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Next season, NBC might stand for "Nothing But Comedies." Following renewals for Community and 30 Rock and picking up six new comedies, the network has renewed four more comedies and ordered yet another new one.

Parks and Recreation was renewed for a full 22-episode fifth season, which sets it apart from other shows like Community and 30 Rock which were only picked up for 13-epsiode seasons.

The Office was also renewed for season 9 following reports that stars Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski are close to signing new deals to stay with the show.

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In addition, freshman comedies Up All Night and Whitney have been renewed for second seasons. Whitney in particular is a bit of surprise as it suffered from incredibly low ratings despite a very heavy marketing push from the network. There is no word yet on whether the new shows will get 13 episodes or a full 22.

Aside from these four renewals, NBC picked up yet another new comedy, Dane Cook's single-camera Next Caller Please about a brash DJ and his female co-host.

This makes a total of 13 comedies for NBC's 2012-2013 season, with two multi-camera, laugh rack sitcoms and 11 single-camera ones. It's a notable increase from the current TV season which boasted 10 comedies (including short-lived shows like Bent, BFF and Free Agents). Given the numerous half-season orders, it's likely that NBC will split its season in half, so many shows won't premiere until 2013.

We'll know more when NBC makes its official presentation for next season's lineup on Monday.

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