Amy Poehler comedy and freshman sitcom get new seasons
NBC has renewed the Thursday night comedies "Parks and Recreation" and "Up All Night," a day after renewing "30 Rock" and "Commmunity," two other Thursday shows. It also announced the renewal of the freshman series "Whitney."
Despite inaccurate online speculation that "Parks," like "30 Rock," would be given a shortened, final season, it received a full, 22-episode order.
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The new season will be the fifth one for "Parks and Rec," the Amy Poehler-led ensemble comedy that has yielded two Emmy nominations for her in the best comedic actress category. The show, which has also received a single nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series, has averaged a decent 2.2 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo this year.
"Up All Night," a first-year show starring Will Arnett, Christina Applegate, and Maya Rudolph, debuted to strong ratings on a Wednesday night, then struggled for much of the season.
NBC moved it to Thursdays, where it fared well enough to score another season. It has averaged a 2.4 rating.
The network moved "Whitney," starring Whitney Cummings, from Thursdays to Wednesdays at the same time it moved "Up All Night" to Thursdays. Cummings' relationship comedy has also average a 2.2.