NBC Update: '30 Rock' Set For Last Season; Half-Seasons For 'Community', 'Parks & Recreation'?
It looks all but assured: "30 Rock" has indeed nearly breathed its last.
Zap2It reports via Deadline today that NBC has picked up the meta-comedy for a seventh season to premiere this fall - and that it will indeed be the Emmy-lauded sitcom's final bow. Co-executive producers Jack Burditt, Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan have signed on for an abbreviated 13-14 episode run. The final season has been truncated allegedly due to star Tina Fey's pregnancy with her second child, Perez Hilton reports.
At its height during the 2008-2009 season, "30 Rock" averaged around 7.5 million viewers and finished the season ranking in 69th place. This season, the most recent new episode clocked in at 3.1 million viewers. Adult demographic ratings have routinely fallen below the 2.0 line.
News elsewhere around the network may disappoint "Community" and "Parks And Recreation" fans. Following the uncertainty surrounding "Community" after a sudden 2011-2012 mid-season hiatus, the Dan Harmon comedy will likely be back for a fourth season. "Parks" also looks poised for renewal. That being said, Perez reports that both could also be destined only for half-season 2012-2013 runs.
But in even the hint of a dark cloud, a silver lining: after inexplicably being allowed to continue amid anemic ratings and just generally not being very funny, "Whitney" looks to have the ax over its neck, Deadline claims. Likewise, the future looks uncertain for the Christina Applegate workplace sitcom "Up All Night" with executive producer Jon Pollack bound for Matthew Perry's new comedy "Go On".