Yesterday we reported on rumors from multiple sources around the web that NBC was planning to bring an end to beloved sitcoms “30 Rock,” “Parks & Recreation,” and “Community.” A few reports from the New York Daily News and Yahoo! News suggested that all three shows would be getting final “send off” orders of 13 episodes a piece to air during the 2012-2013 season.
David Itzkoff of the New York Times is now reporting that the rumors are confirmed for at least one of the three sitcoms. “30 Rock,” which was facing the impending loss of fan favorite Alec Baldwin (Jack Donaghy) and show creator/lead actress Tina Fey (Liz Lemon) will indeed be entering its final, abbreviated season next year.
“Community” received a similar shortened order for 13 episodes, though its future beyond that point has yet to be determined, according to Variety. This order suggests that Peacock execs are giving the struggling laffer one last attempt to capture a larger viewership before dropping the axe.
The best news to come out of NBC this week clarified the fate of “Parks & Recreation.” The show has apparently been picked for a new season along with freshman series “Whitney” and “Up All Night.” This report came from Deadline.
There are no official statements from the network about the size of the “Parks & Rec” order, but rumors printed by Variety suggest it will match the 13-episode deal in place with “Community” and “30 Rock.”