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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