Last night, Parks and Recreation aired what could have been its series finale. The fitting end to a long election campaign for Leslie Knope certainly had fans riding an emotional rollercoaster, and yet found an incredibly fitting and satisfying ending that many have been praising this morning. Now, though it was a bubble series, NBC has decided not to let the acclaimed comedy go out the door just yet, and will be bringing it back in the next year.
NBC has renewed Parks and Recreation for a fifth year, with 22-episodes ordered. Like most comedies renewed so far, NBC has also renewed 30 Rock and Community for 13 episode seasons, with 30 Rock taking the final season walk as it ends its seven year run.
Starring Amy Poehler, Adam Scott, Aubrey Plaza, Rob Lowe, Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Chris Pratt, Rashida Jones, and many more, the comedy had a very rough start as it begun, much like its faux-doc style companion The Office did as well. However, given enough of a time to flex its muscle, the show has certainly landed a loyal fanbase and plenty of praise, including an Emmy-nod for Poehler.
Poehler will also be bringing back husband Will Arnett as well. Arnett’s freshman comedy Up All Night with Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph has officially been renewed by the network for a second season. This is big considering the series could have gone either way. The Office‘s renewal is not yet final, but stars John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and Jenna Fischer have all signed on, with NBC waiting till the deals are finalized to pull the trigger on a ninth season. Meanwhile, critically reviled Whitney has been renewed for a second season as well.