Knope we can!
NBC just announced it's picked up the critically acclaimed comedy Parks and Recreation for a fifth season. But like 30 Rock and Community, will it also get the shortened treatment?
Plus, what other comedies did the Peacock network renew? Did The Office make the cut?
E! News has confirmed that Parks and Rec has been given a 22-episode order from NBC. Yes, that's right: no shortened episode order for our favorite Pawnee residents! No need for Ron Swanson gives NBC execs his "I'm a true American" stare after all! The mockumentary has struggled in the ratings, but it seems the fan devotion and critical love was enough to warrant 22 more episodes of pure awesomeness. We repeat: Knope we can!
Parks and Rec just wrapped up its fourth season last night, and executive producer Mike Schur has said that he was treating it as a series finale, just in case. Thankfully, we get more episodes—and see if Ben and Leslie can "land on their feet," if Andy becomes a cop, and how Leslie (Amy Poehler) will handle her election victory.
Also receiving good news today? Whitney, starring Whitney Cummings, and Up All Night, which were both renewed for a second season. Up All Night, which stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, got off to a strong start in a post-America's Got Talent time slot. While the freshman series' numbers went down after its premiere, its April finale pulled in 3.12 million viewers.
(Originally published May 11, 2012, at 10:08 p.m. PT)
Want to celebrate the renewal news? Go rewatch Leslie's moving speech from last night's season finale and then start running around shouting "Knope We Can!" Deal?
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