Thursday, March 17, 2011

NBC Renews Community, Parks and Recreation and The Office

Whoo-hoo! NBC's new boss Bob Greenblatt has seen fit to renew three Thursday-night comedies we love: The Office, Community and Parks and Recreation.
Dear Commenter Tomas: You just had to respond our Community PaleyFest headline from yesterday ("Will Community Stars Sing Next Season?") with the nitpicky statement "unfortunately community hasn't been picked up for a third season yet" so we just wanted to say, well, in your face! We knew it was gonna get renewed. We. Knew. It.
The other non-sucky Thursday NBC comedy, 30 Rock, was renewed for a sixth season last November. So what do the stars and creative types behind these three awesome shows have to say about this good news?
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Community show runner Dan Harmon tweeted, "They're celebrating St. Paddy's at NBC. Crazy drunks picked us up for a 3rd season. Thank you, NBC and all our viewers." Harmon also joked earlier this week at the Paley Fest event for the show that he had made a point to use up all his good ideas this year, lest they be canceled and he have regrets, so that poor dude is probably having a creative freakout right about now. Do you think he can pull it off? (We totally do, BTW, we're just giving the guy a hard time.)
Community star Joel McHale kept his Twitter celebration of the pickup quite succinct. He just said, "Booyah."
Parks and Recreation show runner Mike Schur tweeted, "NBC just picked up #parksandrec" for another season. Celebrate by watching our new episode tonight. And by eating a large steak."
Do you think it's a good thing that The Office is getting another go-around? We've heard some grumbling from critical quarters about this season's creative direction, but exec producer Paul Lieberstein told us in January that they wanted to get word out that the show was not ending just because Steve Carell was leaving—and it looks like, so far, the producers' plan to keep the series going has worked out. But maybe not for the right reason, jokes star Rainn Wilson, who tweeted: "So @NBC just picked up The Office for next year! (Shhh... I don't think they know Steve left!)"
For his part, NBC honcho 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 & 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."
Now, let's talk: How much, exactly, do you love Parks and Recreation? (If you love it a lot, you best vote for Nick Offerman's Ron Swanson in our Alpha Male Madness tournament, because come on, really, he is the ultimate.)
P.S. In other breaking Kabletown konglomerate news, Syfy just renewed fan fave Brit remake Being Human for a second season. Yay for the dark and funny vampire-werewolf-ghost roommates show!

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