It hardly came as a surprise, but it's good news nonetheless: Entertainment Weekly
is reporting that NBC has issued early renewals to The Office
and 30 Rock
, ensuring that its strong Thursday night comedy lineup will be back for at least one more season. Parks and Recreation
was renewed less than a month ago.
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Nine million people tuned in to see Pam (Jenna Fischer) give birth on The Office
, which for the first time beat an original Grey's Anatomy episode
in the coveted 18-49 demo. It was the highest rating episode for the NBC staple since the big Niagara wedding last year, also featuring the show's main couple.
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The news effectively dismisses buzz from some Office
fans who smelled serious series finale vibes on the special one-hour episode last week, where some key loose ends and storylines were tied, including Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam's, Dwight's (Rainn Wilson), Angela's (Angela Kinsey), and to a certain extent even Erin (Ellie Kemper) and Andy's (Ed Helms).
With the renewals, only Chuck
and the much-maligned Heroes
are in limbo regarding their future with the Peacock network.
As for Community
, Yvette Brown of the rookie Joel McHale-starrer immediately took to Twitter to share the happy news: "We just got called into the make-up trailer and told that WE GOT PICKED UP FOR A SECOND SEASON,"
Danny Purdi for his part, who plays Abed Nadir on the series, wanted to thank fans of the show for watching and the cast and crew for doing the "best" job.
"NBC picked us up for Season 2 of Greendale shenanigans. Thank YOU for watching and Thank YOU cast/crew for the best job!"
Source: Entertainment Weekly(Image courtesy of NBC)