NBC Renews PARKS AND RECREATION, UP ALL NIGHT and WHITNEY

     May 11, 2012

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That’s right comedy fans. Not only has Cougar Town been saved by TBS and Community was miraculously given another season, but now NBC has finally renewed Parks and Recreation for another round along with the freshman comedy Up All Night. The former comedy series, which just had its season finale yesterday, has apparently only been given an order for 13 episodes, just like Community and the final season of 30 Rock. Could NBC be looking to end another comedy series too, or are they just being cautious and waiting to see how the new season does before ordering additional episodes? Either way, they better not do something equally as stupid as renewing Whitney for another season, something that NBC has also done now, likely in exchange for someone’s soul. More after the jump.

[Update: HitFix has updated their story to say that Parks and Recreation has been picked up for a full 22 episodes instead of the previously reported 13.]

parks-and-recreation-season-5News of Parks and Recreation‘s renewal comes via THR, but HitFix clued us in on the 22-episode order. NBC does already have quite a hefty slate for the 2012-2013 season, and depending on how well those new shows do, they might want to trim the fat if Parks and Recreation doesn’t deliver. However, I can’t imagine Up All Night doing much better (though at this point we’re not sure if it’s been given a full second season or a half-ass order like the Parks & Rec renewal). However, NBC does have several new half-hour comedies in the pipeline including the recently ordered The New Normal from Glee creator Ryan Murphy, Go On with Matthew Perry and Save Me with Anne Heche. In addition, recent news also pegs 1600 Penn as a solid new comedic addition to the net work along with Animal Kingdom, and that makes for a crowded comedy house at NBC.

All I know is that Parks and Recreation deserves at least one more solid full season, because the writing on that show is some of the smartest and funniest on TV at the moment. It’s as good as The Office during its prime if not better. Meanwhile, Up All Night is a charming comedy that blends Modern Family and 30 Rock, but with slightly less funny results. Will Arnett, Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph really make it work though. In addition, Up All Night co-executive producer, Everybody Loves Raymond veteran Tucker Cawley, is expected to take over as executive producer/showrunner for season two as Jon Pollack left to take on Save Me. Here’s hoping that the TV gods shine on us and keep the good shows around for the time they deserve and maybe this Whitney renewal (per TV Line) is a sick joke. Stay tuned for all our extensive TV coverage coming soon.

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