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NBC renews 'The Office,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Community'

NUP_143062_0488NBC has picked up "The Office," along with "Parks and Recreation" and "Community," for 2011-12. So even though Michael Scott is departing, Dunder-Mifflin will carry on the "that's-what-she-said" tradition.

Since "30 Rock" was renewed earlier this year, that means most of the Thursday night comedy block will stay intact.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement Thursday. "I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies, which are all at the top of their game creatively," he said in a statement. "Along with '30 Rock,' they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit and sophistication. 'The Office' continues to fire on all cylinders on the most competitive night of television; 'Parks & Recreation' has come into its own this season as the rightful companion to 'The Office'; and 'Community' is one of the freshest comedies on any network and a solid foundation for Thursday night."

"The Office" is NBC's top scripted show, delivering a 4.0 rating, a 10 share among adults ages 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall. "Parks and Recreation" and "Community" were honored last week at the William S. Paley Television Festival.

There's no word yet on the fate of NBC's other Thursday night shows, "Outsourced" and "Perfect Couples."

-- Melissa Maerz

Photo: Ed Helms, left, Rashida Jones, Steve Carell, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey. Credit: Chris Haston / NBC

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The Office - is past it's prime and stretching for stories (as would any show pushing that many seasons), even though there has been a few entertaining shows this season.
30 Rock - everyone gets the premise and basically every character does what they have been doing, the reason it's still tolerable and usually funny is because of how well these characters are played and how smart the writing is.
Parks and Recreation - Amy Poeler is one of the funniest women in the world and most people haven't even seen her improv. All other characters are also very funny (Aziz Ansari especially) and stories that are developing are compelling.
Community - after the first few episodes of this show I thought it was nothing new and wanted to move on. After watching another week, characters started to blossom and won its rightful place in the Thursday night NBC comedy line-up.
I don't understand how people can watch CBS comedies because they are all the same boring standard sit-coms (I suppose you have to be over 35).

Community's PaleyFest panel was amazing, so glad this show will continue on: http://gtcha.me/hLFTrw

Please renew OUTSOURCED also!!!! It's a great show!!

The Office hasnt been in....4 seasons now...

Maybe the change will energize it..but probably not

So the four good NBC comedies got renewed, and the two bad ones are left waiting. I'm hoping NBC decides to axe Outsourced and try something else, but at least the clever four are back next year.

Good for them. Those are all very good shows. "Community" in particular is, I think, the smartest, freshest comedy on TV at the moment.

It comes as no surprise that NBC would renew all its Thursday night comedies. They haven't had an original idea in years. They are claiming 7.7 million viewers for the office? In their dreams. If the ratings are for sure these shows are renewed because that's all they've got. The last they had was Friends and before that was Cosby and the Golden Girls. Right now Harry's Law is on top for them.

If a network wants to do a show with imagination bring back Pushing Daisies. The Twilight Zone meets CSI and The Wizard of Oz in Living Color. Try that in High Def. The Networks take chances sometimes. CBS with All In The Family, Fox with Glee (nobody does music and now it's a top 10 show) and ABC stuck its' neck out with Lost. NBC is an acronym for Never Been Challenged. They took a chance with Cosby cause they had nothing else and that show LAUNCHED. NBC is so safe it's in 4th place.

Honestly, I think even having a show that centers around outsourcing is serously rotten. How many people have lost their jobs to this practice and NBC thinks it's worthy of a show? That was poor taste.

Unfortunately, the quality of NBC shows seems to have gone way down hill in recent years. I actually watch more of CBS now than I do NBC. About all that's left on NBC for me is Law and Order: SVU.

However, I watch more Showtime then any of the big three networks.

I think that Outsourced is a very funny comedy that shows Indian culture. I do hope that it is renewed. As for The Office? I have seen a few episodes and am so surprised that this "comedy" is so popular. It is dead pan serious and boring. Please people have some taste. Outsourced does not emphasize or dwell on the losing jobs aspect at all. You do not see American people crying on every show because they just lost their job and it has gone straight to India. Get real, it is just a comedy. Learn something new for once.

Please RENEW Outsourced, so true in the technology world. Love the show!!

Please renew Outsourced!!! Hilarious show, never fails.

The Office hasn't been funny for year. After the 3rd season, the show was a shadow of what it once was. No wonder Carrell is leaving it.


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