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NBC picks up `Community,' `Parks and Recreation' and 'Mercy' for season

October 23, 2009 |  3:33 pm

NBC has picked up its Thursday comedies "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" and its Wednesday medical drama "Mercy" for the full season.

The pick-ups of these three shows are not surprising since NBC has had few other bright spots this season. Both "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" are critical darlings and, while their audiences are small, the network is no doubt hoping they will broaden their appeal the way "The Office" has over the last few years.

On Wednesday nights, "Mercy" has been growing its audience and has improved the 8-9 p.m. time period compared with a year ago.

"We're confident 'Mercy' can be a strong player for us," said Angela Bromstad, president of prime-time entertainment for NBC.

-- Joe Flint

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