NBC renews ‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Up All Night,’ ‘Whitney’
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‘Parks and Recreation,’ ‘Up All Night’ and ‘Whitney’ will return next season on NBC, the network confirmed. In addition, it has picked up the Dane Cook comedy ‘Next Caller Please.’
The renewal will bring ‘Parks and Recreation, which aired its finale Thursday, into its fifth season with a 22-episode order, rather than a stunted order like those for ’30 Rock’ and ‘Community.’
Meanwhile, freshman comedy ‘Up All Night,’ which was created by ‘Parks and Recreation’ veteran Emily Spivey, had a solid opening when it rolled out last season following ‘America’s Got Talent’ on Wednesdays. Starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett, the comedy was moved midseason to Thursdays, with ‘The Office’ serving as its lead-in. Its April season finale brought in 3.12 million viewers, with a 1.5 in the 18-49 demo--which seemed enough for NBC.
Probably the more shocking return will be ‘Whitney.’ The comedy, which comes from comedian Whitney Cummings, premiered to nearly 7 million viewers last fall, when it aired on Thursdays. But the show was bumped to Wednesdays and saw its ratings dip. It’s finale, which aired in March, brought just over 4 million viewers. It ensures that Cummings’ plate will be full: It was recently announced that she would be getting a talk show on the E! network, and she continues to serve as an executive producer on CBS’ ‘Two Broke Girls.’
The shows join previously announced renewals for ’30 Rock,’ ‘Community,’ and ‘Fashion Star.’ In addition, the network announced Friday the pickup of ‘Next Caller.’ The series is set in a satellite-radio station and centers on an alpha male DJ (Cook) and his feminist co-host (Collette Wolfe).
-- Yvonne Villarreal