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NBC Renews Parks and Recreation, The Office, Up All Night, and Whitney

Fear not, Knopers. Parks and Recreation will be back for a fifth season. And really, was there any doubt? NBC has handed out a 13-episode order 22-episode order to the Amy Poehler-starring comedy, according to multiple reports, which is all we have to go on until NBC's official Upfront presentation on Monday.

NBC also handed out a no-duh renewal to The Office, just one day after it was reported that stars John Krasinski, Ed Helms, and Jenna Fischer moved closer to extending their deals with the comedy. However, Mindy Kaling will be leaving the show to star in her own project at Fox. There are no details on an episode count yet, nor has there been any chatter with regard to a final season (though there should be). There was no way NBC was going to let The Office go without all the fanfare of a "final season" blowout.

Up All Night, meanwhile, is coming back for a second season, I'm guessing with a 13-episode count. The new-parent comedy starring Christina Applegate and Will Arnett got off to a great start before falling back to Earth and landing squarely on the bubble.

And because NBC isn't cancelling a damned thing, Whitney was also renewed for a second season. There's no word yet on how many episodes, though. I'm guessing NBC needed something to pair with the its new Jimmy Fallon-produced comedy Guys With Kids, another multi-camera series. But still... Whitney?

With all the 13-episode orders its been handing out, NBC could potentially carry almost twice as many comedies as usual. That many probably won't happen, though, as the 13-episode orders that start in the fall will be eligible for back nine and full-season orders depending on how well they perform. NBC is essentially giving everything a shot to prove itself next season. I'd assume (and there's lots of assuming going on around these parts) that NBC will go back to traditional series pickups next year, once it has decided what it's keeping. And that means way more cancellations in 2013! Joy!


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Getting a little tired of all the sneers at Whitney, me and my wife like the show a lot.

It may not be everyones thing but commenting with "BOOO" if a show gets renewed is a low blow, specialy when it comes from an official TV.com writer. Grow up please!
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The Office needs to end already.
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What does Leonard Hofstadter say during sex? "You wanna get married, Penny?"

What do NBC executives say during sex? "Whitney, your show is renewed."
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Uhh Whitney?? I think you got a little executive on your chin!!
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NBC is proving what I said before, they have no creative reserves right now, they cannot afford to lose ANY built-in audiences. My example was Whitney - a show I found unwatchable mainly for how poor it expresses the actual Whitney Cummings in favor of old sitcom tropes - and lo-n-behold there it is. Now it's time for NBC to clean house in the upper levels and start rebuilding with some vision, you cannot corporate-suit your way to better TV.
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Why does every one hate Whitney?



I found the show to be very funny, great actors and good story lines. This show is much better than Community(which I stopped watching after season 2).



Honestly there were some episodes that I could not stop watching and laughing. Which is more than I can say for a lot of the comedy shows on TV nowadays.
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"I found the show to be very funny, great actors and good story lines. This show is much better than Community(which I stopped watching after season 2)."



AHAHAHAHAHA! Funniest thing I've heard this weekend. Whitney is mediocre at best and yet you have the audacity to compare it to the best comedy on television? And people wonder why stupidity is overrunning television...
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So relieved about Parks and Rec! Now that Leslie won the election, I wanna see her at work!
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I would prefer that NBC give full orders to Community and The Office instead of renewing a show like Whitney that is hated by viewers and critics. Community should be the foundation of their comedy block, not Parks and Recreation. Still though Parks and Rec getting 22 episodes is still better than a full season of Whitney.
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Parks - 22, justice one of a handful of shows that can get away with that many, Up All Night is good enough for 22 as well. The Office, 30 Rock and Community for 13 is enough, NBC making good decisions about comedy.
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Whitney is hated by critics and many people, but numbers say that it got a very steady audience at decent even if not spectacular levels, with the viewers that basically didn't change from the 4th episode onwards. The renewal is not so surprising after all.
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Pawnee's coming back, that's great news!

If I may say, I think that Whitney is the worst comedy of the last decade...
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Chelsea was much better than Whitney so they should have canceled the latter and kept the former. Oh well, I don't watch that crap and still won't.
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Whitney started awful but then it got a little better, changing the game in the middlo almoste end of the season, i think it deserves a second chance to get things right
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Yay! for Parks & Rec
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I can't believe the Office got picked up. Oh yeah, and Whitney too.
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Just when you thought NBC would make nothing but good decisions (i.e. Parks and Rec, Community) they fall back to earth and land squarely on the bubble (i.e. Whitney, The Office minus anyone funny)
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Oh thank god, Parks and Rec gets 22 episodes instead of 13!!! Happy days! I couldn't imagine it having 13 eps alone this year.

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Woot, Whitney renewed!!! 6 seasons and a movie.
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Parks & Rec renewal - YES!



Whitney renewal - F***!
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Euw, Whitney.
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Parks and Recreation - YAY.

Up All Night - Sort of YAY, I guess.

The Office - GROAN

Whitney - NO, MAKE IT STOP, MAKE IT STOP.
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Really? You're keeping Whitney and the Office (which was good until Steve Carrell left) but you've cancelled AWAKE!!!!! You freaking idiots!!!!!
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thank God NBC wasn't stupid about Parks, and even though I didn't really like Up All Night and Whitney as much as others, I'm glad they're coming back. but actually I liked Chelsea? more than Whitney even though I only liked both because of the cast really
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I'm already on no-talking terms with NBC because they didn't give Freaks and Geeks a Season 2 in 2000, but seriously, WHITNEY!? How'd she bribe them into giving her another season?
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This news has made my day!
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PARKS AND REC getting a full season= me happy!





But, Whitney.... really?
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Yay Whitney!!! - i know, i have horrible taste, but there's just something about her.... can't help it, this show's adorable! -
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What kind of incriminating photos does Ms. Cummings have against someone at NBC? I have to wonder.
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LOL, by far my favorite comment today. Ever (today) but still EVER
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no.. no... NO! NOOOOO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

why is whitney getting another season? WHYYYYYY?!?!?!?
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Parks and Recreation? No! Why?????????????????????????? Not funny at all.

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Notice how nobody agrees with you. You should take that as a sign that your opinion is moronic.
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what about Awake how can they sign on all this crap and not renew Awake
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HAHAHAHAHAHA @ Whitney. Or maybe the joke is on us? Either way, super stoked about the full season order for Parks and Rec. I knew it was too good of a show, and a flagpole show at that, to be given a 13 episode season. And a finale one at that.
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Awesome news! I love Parks and couldn't imagine the fall season without Ron Swanson. And it is for 22 episodes!
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whitney? really?
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TV.com staff , just because you all hate Whitney, doesn't make it a bad show, it was renewed for a reason... and tvbythenumbers just announced that ABC renewed Happy endings for a full 22 episode season.
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FilmFanatic, just because you think only and all of TV.com hates Whitney, doesn't make it a good show, many people hate it for a reason...
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(1) It isn't just TV.COM staff; most people hate Whitney.

(2) "It was renewed for a reason", which I take to mean Whitney has superior "oral" skills.

(3) You're right: just because the staff hates Whitney doesn't make it a bad show. The fact that it's not funny makes it a bad show.
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I am not the biggest fan of the show, but I am happy it's renewed. Your 3 points are your opinion, which to be honest, I couldn't care less... cause my initial statement, is my opinion
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No, it is a bad show.
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Why does it seem like Community gets screwed the most in all of this, yes we get another season (that is why I am not hysterically crying and ripping all my hair out!) but most of these other shows get full seasons and they only get half a season not right
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I agree with you completely but I just think NBC is trying to be dramatic i mean, who in their right mind would cancel Community and renew Whitney.. but on a different note isn't anyone else confused as to why Parks and Rec gets a full season? sure it's nice but it's numbers are well below Community's numbers... more confusing than "Awake" <--- should totally be a phrase at NBC
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So, will Season 2 of Whitney pick up where Season 1 left off, or will it be good now??
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pretty_sure it will still suck.... see what i did there
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ha ha, yea I saw. I'm pretty sure it'll suck too, unless they get new writers and kill off Whitney.
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hey, i'd watch that, as long as the killing happens on-screen where i can actually enjoy it
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Awesome, now all the shows I watch on NBC will be back. (Community, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock and Up All Night)
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Glad to hear that Parks and Recreation was renewed. I wouldn't say it's my favorite comedy show (and I think Community deserves 22 episodes more), but I like the series, and am happy it's going to continue.
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Though I should point out that I do think that both P&R and Community both deserve to have full seasons.
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thats cool i like parks & office. coulda gone either way. i wouldnt be devastated if they were gone though
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