NBC Chairman Says ‘Parks & Rec’ Will Get Another Season, Seems Optimistic About 6th Season of ‘Community’

By January 20, 2014

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Former NBC President Jeff Zucker was the worst. THE WORST. But fans of “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” can at least be thankful to the Zuckmeister for one thing – keeping those shows on the air, despite the fact that their ratings weren’t exactly stellar. (Not that NBC had any better options, so don’t go heaping too much praise on him.) Well, now the Peacock has a new chairman – Bob Greenblatt – and it’s partially up to him whether some of our favorite network comedies of all time will get renewed or get the ax.

At the Television Critics Association press tour this weekend, Greenblatt was asked point blank about the future of the two Thursday night shows. At first, he merely mentioned he was “bullish” about “Parks and Recreation,”  but when pressed for more details, he reportedly said, “I’m going to go out on a limb: ‘Parks & Rec’ is going to have a seventh season.” So it’s extremely likely that we’ll see more of Leslie Knope and the rest of the Pawnee gang (minus Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe), since the chairman of NBC would look pretty foolish if he didn’t follow through on a proclamation as direct as that one.

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But what about “Community”? The show, which has completely returned to form under the eye of Dan Harmon, seems like it might be able to squeak through into another season. NBC president Jennifer Salke clarified that though Greenblatt’s statement about “Parks” doesn’t extend to “Community” at this point, that doesn’t mean that “Community” won’t be moving forward as well. After Harmon was fired at the end of the third season, I didn’t think there was any way we’d ever see the show get to its self-prophesied “six seasons and a movie,” but the odds are increasingly rolling in the show’s favor, and at this point, I wouldn’t put it past Harmon to be able to pull it off.

What do you think about these announcements? “Parks and Rec” is great and I’m glad we’re getting more of it, but I’d also like to hear confirmation that the upcoming season will be its last. I don’t want it to go on too long and overstay its welcome (“The Office,” anyone?). As for “Community,” I’ll be interested in seeing what the dynamic of the show is like without Donald Glover, and for me, I think that’ll ultimately be a deciding factor in whether or not I want the show to continue. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Oh NOW a 6th season of Community is a possibility?! 6 Seasons And A Movie. 6 Seasons And A Movie.

  • Lorettacginnis

    I love both Parks and Community they are two of my favorite comedies. I am so happy they are strong possibilities to return

  • Catherine099

    WOW, this is fantastic news! I really hope Community will be back as well!