NBC Renews 3 Thursday Comedies

03/18/2011 at 12:16 am | Posted in iamnoahjames.com, Net/Spec | 6 Comments
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Great news at NBC!

Community, Parks & Recreation, and The Office have been renewed for the 2011-2012 season!

If you’d been paying attention to TV ratings, renewing The Office was a no-brainer.  It’s the highest rated scripted show on NBC, and has been for years.

Parks & Recreation – after its 3rd season being kept off the schedule until midseason – has been a solid performer.

The only one I was worried about was Community‘s renewal prospects.  I admit, I was partly worried due to the fact that it’s one of my favorite shows.  The hospital episode aside – it’s one of the consistently funny shows on TV.  However, its 2.1 A18-49 rating average didn’t help either.  I felt that the fact that its competition has been tough(American Idol, Wipeout, The Big Bang Theory), but has maintained pretty well – added to the fact that it would be unlikely for a freshman series to compete with those next season – NBC SHOULD renew it.  This decision could have gone either way.  Lucky for diehard fans like me, NBC decided to stick with it.

Here’s the press release:


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March17, 2011 – NBC has issued pickups for three returning comedy series in 2011-12 that include “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” it was announced today by Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

“I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies which are all at the top of their game creatively,” said Greenblatt. “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.”

“The Office” (Thursdays, 9-9:30 p.m. ET) is delivering a 4.0 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall through the season’s first 25 weeks, ranking in primetime’s top 15 in adults 18-49 and top five in adults 18-34 (excluding NFL pre- and post-game shows), making it NBC’s #1 scripted show in both categories. “The Office” is the #2 most upscale primetime show on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or CW in terms of its concentration of adults 18-49 living in homes with $100,000-plus incomes, behind only NBC’s “30 Rock.”

Season to date, “Parks and Recreation” (Thursdays, 9:30-10 p.m. ET) is delivering a 2.8/7 in 18-49 and 5.5 million viewers overall. With its move this season to Thursday’s 9:30 p.m. ET half-hour, “Parks and Recreation” is up versus last season by 17 percent in adult 18-49 rating (2.8 vs. 2.4) and up 9 percent in total viewers (5.5 million vs. 5.1 million). In the valuable adult 18-34 demographic, “Parks and Recreation” is NBC’s #2 scripted series and ranks in the top 20 overall with a 3.2 rating.

Community” (Thursdays, 8-8:30 p.m. ET) is averaging a 2.1/6 in 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall, continuing to deliver solid numbers in a time period that includes competition from Fox’ “American Idol,” CBS’s “Big Bang Theory” and ABC’s “Wipeout.” “Community” is also one of the most upscale primetime series on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or CW, with a top-15 ranking in its concentration of adults 18-49 living in home with $100,000-plus incomes.

One of television’s most critically acclaimed comedies, “The Office” has been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series every season and won the award in 2006. Its ensemble has also been nominated every season since 2006 for the SAG Award (winning in 2007 and 2008) and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for four consecutive seasons (2007-2010). The series received the George Foster Peabody Award in 2006.

In a recent cover story, Entertainment Weekly proclaimed that “Parks and Recreation” is “TV’s smartest comedy.” GQ magazine also enthused: “Look: This is the best comedy going right now.”

TV critics continued to rave about “Community” this season. Time magazine’s James Poniewozik wrote: “Episode by episode, ‘Community’ makes some of the best half-hours on TV.” “‘Community’ is a fantastical, dreamlike jewel-box of a show….it’s a pretty amazing ride…” Also, TV Guide’s Matt Roush called the series, “TV’s most adventurous and unpredictable sitcom.”

In addition, both “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” were honored last week by the prestigious William S. Paley Festival.

From Deedle-Dee Productions, Reveille and Universal Media Studios comes “The Office,” the hilarious documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 based on the award-winning BBC hit. A fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody about modern American office life, “The Office” delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Regional manager Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Steve Carell, “Despicable Me,” “Date Night”) is the boastful tour guide.

Also starring are Jenna Fischer (“Walk Hard”), John Krasinski (“Away We Go”), Rainn Wilson (“The Rocker”), B.J. Novak (“Inglorious Basterds”), Ed Helms (“The Hangover”), Leslie David Baker (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Brian Baumgartner (“Arrested Development”), Kate Flannery (“The Heir Apparent”), Mindy Kaling (” No Strings Attached “), Angela Kinsey (“Tripping Forward”), Paul Lieberstein (writer, “King of the Hill”), Oscar Nuñez (” The Proposal “), Phyllis Smith (“Arrested Development”), Creed Bratton (former member of The Grass Roots), Craig Robinson (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Ellie Kemper (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”) and Zach Woods (“The Other Guys”). “The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Paul Lieberstein.

Named the #1 TV Show of 2010 by New York magazine, “Community,” is a smart, exuberant comedy series about a band of misfits who attend Greendale Community College. At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “The Soup”), a fast-talking lawyer whose degree has been revoked. Winger forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work. Also among the series stars who comprise the group are comedy legend Chevy Chase (“Fletch”), Gillian Jacobs (“The Book of Daniel”), Yvette Nicole Brown (“Rules of Engagement”), Danny Pudi (“Greek”), Alison Brie (“Mad Men”), Donald Glover (“30 Rock”) and Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”).

Community” was created by Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) who serves as executive producer with Russ Krasnoff (“The Soloist”), Joe Russo (“Arrested Development”), Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”), Garrett Donovan (“Scrubs”), Neil Goldman (“Scrubs”) and Gary Foster (“The Soloist”). The series is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap, Russo Brothers, Universal Media Studios production in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Parks and Recreation” — from Emmy Award-winning executive producers Greg Daniels (NBC’s “The Office,” “King of the Hill”) and Michael Schur (NBC’s “The Office,” “Saturday Night Live”) — is a hilarious ensemble comedy that landed on dozens of critics’ “Top 10″ lists in 2010. It follows Leslie Knope (Emmy Nominee Amy Poehler, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” “Baby Mama”) a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.

Leslie’s office mate is Tom Haverford (Aziz Ansari, “Human Giant,” “Scrubs”), a fashion-obsessed wannabe player while Leslie’s boss, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman “Children’s Hospital”), hates the very government he works for. Rounding out the characters are Leslie’s best friend Ann (Rashida Jones, “I Love You, Man,” “The Office”), her ex-boyfriend Andy (Chris Pratt, “Everwood”), and Ron’s assistant April (Aubrey Plaza, “Funny People”). Also working in the parks department are Donna (Retta, “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia”) and Jerry (Jim O’Heir, “Castle”). In addition, the show features state auditors Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott, “Party Down”) and Chris Traeger (Rob Lowe, “Brothers and Sisters,” “The West Wing”), who were introduced at the end of the second season.

Parks and Recreation” is a production of Deedle-Dee Productions, Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Universal Media Studios. Along with Daniels and Schur, Howard Klein (“The Office”) and David Miner (“30 Rock”) also serve as executive producers for the series.



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  1. I am hoping The Office can come up with something good once Steve leave very shortly, but despite being renewed, I am worried for the show. I cannot see how they will be able to continue without the star. And yes, in my opinion, Steve is the star.

    Been watching a little more Parks and Rec. It is actually a pretty witty and humourous show. May even go back and check out previous ep’s online.

    However, the loser for me is “Community”. I want to like it, because the cast seems like it would work. (And I am a big Chevy Chase fan) I have attempted more than once to get into the show, and I just can’t do it. It doesn’t have what I need in a sitcom.

    Those are my two cents. Congrats to all three on their renewals; let’s see what you can pull off from here.

    • I have faith in The Office. I’ve been pretty happy with this season, and think by the time next season comes around, they’ve had a year and a half to figure it out. Unfortunately – even if it stinks – it will probably stay on NBC, since it’s currently the highest rated scripted show.

      You really should watch Community from the start of the first season. This season has had a few eps that have been rough, and others that would be hard for newcomers to latch on.

  2. I did watch Community actually. I went back and watched the first 4 episodes. I just couldn’t get into it.

    I agree that this season of the Office has been great…with the exception of the last new ep. we had, with Michael’s movie. IMHO it was one of the WORST episodes of the office I have seen, and I have seen every episode.

    • If you didn’t like the first four episodes, the show isn’t for you. I was just basing my assumption on the fact that this season has had some very uneven episodes.

      Some shows you have to get a few episodes in to decide if a show is for you (Lost, Party Down, Studio 60 on Sunset Strip), while others have their show’s tone figured out from the pilot (Reaper, Prison Break, Community).

      If we are talking about the worst episodes of The Office, for me I would have to say “Scott’s Tots” from last season. Even rewatching on the DD, it was very painful to sit through – and I felt like they went too far with Michael’s character. Normally, his blundering doesn’t affect 20 people’s FUTURES!


  3. I loved Studio 60, and was pissed when it got cancelled. That is why I have been weary about watching Mr. Sunshine.Though, I will admit that I do like that show as well.

    As for the Scott’s Tot’s episode, it was very uncomfortable to watch, but it is still something I can see his character doing. While it was not a great episode by any means, I have to disagree and and stick with my previous statment, that the most recent episode was the worst.

    However, it does kind of balance out, because one of the best episdoes, in my opinion, was also this season. (New Years Resolutions)Some of the funniest moments of the last few years were in that episode. (and surprisingly, John Krasinski was barely in it)The scene where Michael is force feeding Kevin is spectacular. Haven’t laughed that hard in a while.

    • I LOVE Studio 60. I own the series, and am captivated by every episode – even after multiple airings.

      The scene with Kevin’s introduction to broccoli was amazing. I was dying laughing from when Kevin asked which end you eat first.

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