I think we can start officially looking at Parks and Recreation and Community as something other than niche little shows we must constantly rally together and save every year. Community is in season five, Parks is in season six, and has just been picked up for a seventh.
The quote that made the news a reality was from network president Robert Greenblatt: “I’m going to go out on a limb: Parks & Rec is going to have a seventh season.”
NBC is at a point in their life now where they simply can’t afford what few shows they do have that have rabid fanbases, however small they may be. Even if Parks and Rec and Community don’t put up Big Bang or Modern Family level numbers (or anywhere remotely close) it’s better to keep them around than to kill them and expect to find new hits from scratch. Outside of Parks, Community, The Office and 30 Rock, NBC has had a tough time cultivating new comedies, as seen most recently by the other half of its Thursday night line-up Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox show.
I expect we’ll see Parks and Rec around for as long as it wants to be, similar to The Office, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it run to season nine or ten at this point. I’m almost willing to say the same thing about Community, the other show still giving NBC comedy cred. At this point, I’m almost not even worried about a season six pick-up for them. Perhaps that’s overconfident, but it seems to be the trend.
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