UPDATED: NBC Renews 'Parks & Recreation', 'Community' And Others
UPDATE, 12:55 p.m. ET/PT: Deadline has now confirmed that "Parks & Recreation" has indeed received a full 22-episode order. On top of that, and don't you know typing THIS thrills me...."Whitney" has also been renewed for a full order.
Strike up the band, and breathe those deep sighs of relief. We may not be getting exactly what we want, but NBC is giving us enough.
According to Deadline and Perez Hilton, the House of the Peacock has renewed nearly its entire comedy lineup. Deadline reports that NBC has picked up "Parks & Recreation" for a fifth season and freshman comedy "Up All Night" for a second. By the time the second "Up All Night" season rolls around, it's expected that co-executive producer and "Everybody Loves Raymond" veteran will be bumped upward to executive producer and showrunner. Predecessor Jon Pollack is outward bound to helm Matthew Perry's new comedy "Go On" as a co-executive producer.
There's no word from Deadline today on whether "Parks & Recreation" would get the half-season order that's been speculated. What is known, per Perez Hilton this afternoon, is that "Community" will get a 13-episode fourth season following its sudden hiatus and eventual return midway into the 2011-2012 season. That predictably left the cast ecstatic and grateful.
"Dear #Community fans, You are the best people in the world. We're renewed for 13 eps. Couldn't have done it without you," tweeted Joel McHale, referring to the online outpouring demanding the show's return this past winter. Danny Pudi added his own tweet, "Thank you fans. Thank you NBC/Sony. Season 4. Holla!"
Yvette Brown was at no loss for words.
"Best way to celebrate our season four pick-up?" she tweeted. "Why not WATCH an ALL NEW #Community right now (East Coast). @hodgman will be there! #ClipShow And one more thing guys, who cares how many eps we got. Just rejoice in the pick-up, PLEASE! It wasn't guaranteed. It's a blessing! Thanks."
NBC already announced that the truncated next 13-episode "30 Rock" season would likely be the show's last. The long-running comedy received a shortened order in part because of the timing of star Tina Fey's second pregnancy.
"Whitney" hasn't yet received a renewal, but Deadline claims one is likely. "The Office" hasn't received an official go-ahead despite three of the four stars with expiring contracts reportedly having deals in principle in place to return - John Krasinski, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer - and a fourth, B.J. Novak, currently negotiating.