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NBC Picks Up Community, New James Spader Drama and Two More Shows

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Good news, Community fans: Thursday's season finale was not a series finale as NBC officially picked up the cult favorite sitcom for a fifth season. Way to not Britta-it, NBC! So glad the network opted out of the darkest timeline! Six seasons and a movie is still alive! [Insert another Community-related joke here!]

The renewal news comes after Community's season four finale went up in the ratings, attracting 3.1 million viewers and a 1.3 in the demo. 

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NBC also has picked up Blacklist (starring James Spader), Night Shift and Welcome to the Family.

Community's pickup may come as a bit of surprise given the beloved sitcom's recent troubles: After showrunner Dan Harmon was left the series, the season four premiere was pushed from October 2012 to February 2013. And speaking of trouble...

One member of the Greendale gang who won't be returning for season five? Chevy Chase, who exited the series in November after an outburst on set, in which he voiced his negative opinions regarding the show.

NBC also renewed Parks and Recreation, but canceled four comedies, including Whtiney and Up All Night. Matthew Perry's Go On was axed as well.

(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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