NBC has handed renewals to comedy series The Office, Parks and Recreation, Up All Night and Whitney. The Office will return for its ninth season, Parks and Recreation for its fifth, Up All Night for its second and Whitney will also return for a second season. I hear that the orders for The Office and Parks and Recreation are for 22 episodes, while the orders for Up All Night and Whitney are for 13 episodes.
The renewal of all The Office, Parks and Recreation and The Office had been expected for some time as they have all been staples of the network’s Thursday night comedy line up. The Office is the networks highest rated comedy series and the only thing that had held up a renewal announcement before now was re-signing the main cast, whose contracts expired at the end of the current season.
Parks and Recreation, which wrapped its fourth season last night, was also a decent performer for NBC and averaged 4 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic in live+same day in its 22 episode run. While, freshman comedy series Up All Night, which posted very similar numbers to Parks, was NBC’s only truly succesful comedy launch of the 2011 – 2012 TV season.
The more surprising renewal is that of Whitney which was considered dead at the network, that is until NBC picked up multi-camera comedy Guys With Kids and realised they needed to bring the Whitney Cummings fronted series back in order to have something to pair Guys With Kids with.
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