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

March 17, 2011 |  1:11 pm

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