NBC To Renew ’30 Rock’, ‘Community’ & ‘Parks’ For Shortened Seasons

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:26 am,

For those who are big fans of NBC’s Thursday night comedy line up, the news is good as the network is close to smoothing out deals for 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Community to return next season—but there’s a catch.

In what will be the seventh (and most likely final) season of 30 Rock, the Emmy-winning comedy series has been cut down to an episode count of only 13 or 14 shows. NBC has secured deals with the series’ key writers as well as co-executive producers Jack Burditt, Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan. Community and Parks and Recreation are also expected to make a return for next season, also with reductions in episodes. Following a long midseason hiatusCommunity returned in March to complete its third season and will enter its fourth next fall with Parks and Rec back for a fifth.

No official word if either Parks and Recreation or Community will meet their ends next season—but rumors of 30 Rock’s swan song have been popping up for awhile – one of the most resent being from the unmuzzled mouth of  show star Alec Baldwin. After Twitter tirades about new time slots, and “stalking” from NBC’s Today Show, Baldwin stated that he will be back on the hit comedy next year, but 2013 will be its end. Baldwin then concluded his online outburst with “I think I’m leaving NBC just in time.”  The much calmer Tina Fey added to the claim last month on The View by saying the end is “visible on the horizon… We can’t do this for 35 years.”

NBC Shorten Seasons TV 2 NBC To Renew 30 Rock, Community & Parks For Shortened Seasons

NBC abbreviating its veteran Thursday night lineup maybe a way of not only saving some money, but making room for the new comedies the network has planned – including Go On, starring former Friends alum Matthew Perry, which the network has recently picked up. With freshman shows Whitney and Up All Night not doing so well, it seems likely both will be added to the comedy cleanse – especially Whitney, as show star Whitney Cummings has landed a new talk show on E! called Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings, which is set to air this fall.


We’ll have more on 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation and Community as the info comes in.


Source: TV Line

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  1. 30 Rock was starting to get kid of old anyways. I’m more concerned about Community, it actually finally started getting good again.

  2. If Community is to return with a shortened season, it SHOULD be in spring not the fall. Greendale’s graduation day is around May 23rd of 2013. We can’t have the Greendale 7 graduate in the fall. Jeff Winger has an “unmovable appointment May 23rd at Morty’s Steakhouse.”

    • wow i’m impressed *golf clap*

      • You can’t say something and then golf clap for yourself!

  3. Bummer im a huge fan of parks! So this is kinda lame in happy it’s conning back but I wish it was a full season.

  4. I’m kind of bummed because this will most likely mean all 3 of these shows probably won’t air until mid-season.
    Along with Louie and The Office they are my favorite comedies on TV right now so there will be a major void in my lineup until they all air.
    But I’m a bigger fan of quality rather than quanety [sp?] so hopefully with a shorten season the writers can hone in on the good stuff and rather than a 24 episode pretty good season we will get a 13-14 episode amazing season.

    • Correct spelling of quantity is pretty quality.

  5. I think this is a direction a lot of shows or networks might start moving towards. If you look at cable networks (USA, AMC, FX), they use the shortened season formats quite successfully. It reduces costs on the network so shows like Community can still air for fans and also gives the networks room to try out new shows. I just hope they don’t break them up like the do now where they show four or five episodes before taking a month off before new episodes. Just show the episodes consecutively without hiatuses, TV gets SOOOOOOO boring from mid-November until mid-January and for all of March every year now.

    • I would’ve thought shortened seasons would be more expensive as a whole for the network. For example, I would think two shows of 24 episodes would be cheaper than three shows of 16 episodes. That’s my assumption at least.

    • Yeah but most of the cable network shows are an hour long.

      I’m bummed about Up All Night. They should’ve had it on Thursday nights from the beginning, instead of that stupid Whitney crap.

  6. I just hope Community has to time to develop a good story and ending for its last season and knowing how meta they are, if they do skip to spring they will probably do a flashback of what happened in the fall that we didn’t see.

  7. Parks and Rec is the best comedy on network TV. The show is pure genius. Pure F&%king genius.

    • Agreed.

  8. Please reread all columns and posts; “one of the most resent being from the”. I know I’m not the greatest at proofreading, but I would be if I wrote for the world to read.

  9. If 30 rock does end on the seventh season, I would want a full season. I hate when shows end on a shortened season, I didn’t like Chucks finale because I thought some of the stuff was rushed and not developed enough.

  10. This will give NBC time to test out their horrible shows that nobody wants to see……

    • Best post of the week!

      NBC really hasn’t had a GREAT comedy since Friends. They’ve been in a rut since that show ended.

      • I was never a huge fan of Friends, and that show got a good amount of lead-in from Seinfeld. NBC had strong Thursday line-ups starting back with Cosby and Family Ties and continued with the Seinfeld and Friends block. The issue now is that comedies like those may not draw the same amount of viewers today, and when they have tried to replicate that genre it rarely works. The quirky shows like My Name Is Earl and now Community have been solid for them, while the formulaic shows have not worked too well.

        Another problem is that fad called cable has crept up on the networks, making the carbon-copy comedy shows even less appealing. Right now even if shows like 30 Rock and the Office are falling off a bit and they have little faith in Community, shows like Whitney and Chelsea will not be able to replace them since they are not as good on their best day as what they already have.

  11. best news i’ve heard is that whiteny will be gone soon

    • agreed

  12. This is disturbing news, I don’t really mind about 30 Rock leaving the air gracefully because I feel like the cast is getting tired of it. However I feel as if Community is really hitting it’s stride, all I can say is I hope we get a good 13-14 episodes… Hopefully they’ll leave out some of the holiday episodes and focus on graduation and maybe some paintball (probably not).