UPDATE, Sunday 7:56PM: After days of negotiations and rumours, NBC has closed deals with the cast and renewed multi-generational family dramedy Parenthood for a sixth and final season. NBC also confirmed today that the seventh season of Parks and Recreation will be the show’s last.
UPDATE, 6:56pm: In what was undoubtedly one of the easiest calls NBC will be making today, the network has renewed freshman comedy About A Boy for a second season. The series, based on the book and feature film of the same name, has been one of the network’s only true success stories on the comedy side this season. It debuted to just under 8.3 million viewers/2.2 A18-49 rating and has since been hovering around 6-7 million viewers and a 1.6 A18-49 rating, well above what the already renewed comedy Parks and Recreation pulls in on Thursday nights.
PREVIOUS, 6:42PM: NBC has picked up a third season of their dark drama series Hannibal.
Hannibal revolves around FBI Special Agent Will Graham and his mentor, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The drama series, produced by Gaumont International Television, stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Lara Jean Chorostecki, Laurence Fishburne and Gillian Anderson,
After moving to Friday night as part of NBC’s genre block, Hannibal has seen a dip in the ratings. That said, there was never any real doubt as to whether or not the series would come back next season. Hannibal has been averaging an ok 3.6 million viewers/1.4 A18-49 rating and with the drama coming from European studio Gaumont, it is considerably cheaper than other series on the network. That combined with Hannibal‘s strong DVR performance had long hinted at a renewal.