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We can now cross at least one show off the early draft of our annual "top 10 bubble shows" list, because Parks and Recreation will be back for Season 7, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said Sunday during the network's executive session at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. 

Greenblatt's decision to actually make the announcement came after some "prodding," let's call it, from Hitfix's Daniel Feinberg

When asked about the network's Thursday-night struggles—and more specifically, the .06 rating suffered by The Michael J. Fox Show in its most recent episode—Greenblatt spoke at length about being "really unhappy" that NBC can't find an audience for not only The Michael J. Fox Show, but Sean Saves the World. He said the comedy block isn't "anywhere near where we'd like it to be," but then he brought up Parks and Rec and Community, and explained that while both shows are "strong possibilities" to return, "it's always dicey to say anything definitive ... but we're feeling bullish on Parks and Rec."

At that point is was all over. 

A bit of backstory for those of you who haven't been sitting with the rest of us in a hotel ballroom for the past 10 days: "Bullish" has been sort of a buzzword, spreading like herpes from the mouth of one network exec to another. Fox boss Kevin Reilly is "bullish" on The Mindy Project. The CW president Mark Pedowitz is "bullish" on Reign. At some point earlier in the week, I joked to a fellow writer that "bullish" is to TCAs what "robust" was to Veep in early Season 2.

Anyway, Feinberg asked Greenblatt whether there'd been a memo about using the word, and asked for a definition. Greenblatt fired back: "What do you think 'bullish' means? 'Bullshit-ish?' 'Bullish' means a 50-50 chance." And then he followed up with, "Parks and Rec will have a seventh season," and joked that "this will be the ONE headline" to come out of today's panels.

Well, it won't be the only headline—I'll be writing up the rest of NBC's TCA announcements soon, and they include a three-year overall production deal with Amy Poehler, so more Parks and Rec makes a lot of sense. But it will be the first headline you read on TV.com. Because more Parks and Rec! Hooray!

It's also worth noting that NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke was quick to jump in and say that Parks and Rec coming back "doesn't mean that Community won't." As I mentioned above, Greenblatt said the show is a "strong possibility," for returning; given the show's creative resurgence in Season 5 and Greenblatt's statements, I'd say we have a good chance of getting those six seasons and a movie after all. 


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I'd like to see a Parks & Rec spinoff after it runs it's course, or Amy Poehler /Nick Offerman/Aziz Ansari/Aubrey Plaza calls it quits. Something set in & showcasing the absurd town of Pawnee & it's residents.

A show centered around Ron Swanson would be awesome. He could do woodworking full time, be a wilderness guide, or a forest ranger. Call it Swanson's World, Swanson Woodshop, or Ron F@#king Swanson. Not sure how to have him in the wilderness all the time with his new family. Maybe he leaves the government & they move to one of his cabins when the Zorpies gain control of Pawnee again. That could be how Parks & Rec ends.

Ditto for April Ludgate-Dwyer: veterinarian.
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I love both Parks and Community they are two of my favorite comedies. I am so happy they are strong possibilities to return
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P & R deserves another series, Community should have ended after 3 if that gets 6 seasons it would be a surprise, and a movie, give me a break that's just a hashtag in reality it's about the last show that could support a movie.
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#sixseasonsandamovie awwww yeah! i like Parks ok but Community is not just better - it's the best comedy on network tv! i've said it before and i'll say it again - #sixseasonsandamovie
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Yes Parks and Recreation the best cast on TV. Amy Poehler's momentum just gets stronger. I am so happy I can slap a clown.
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WOW, this is fantastic news! I really hope Community will be back as well!
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I really hope they both come back, Community has had it's ups and downs, it took awhile to find it's footing in season one and season four was a low point for everyone but it's become one of the better comedies currently on television and Parks and Rec has been completely stellar every since Ben and Chris were introduced in season two.
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Fuck yeah! Parks and Rec and Community are the best comedies out there right now!
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treat yo self to six seasons and a movie!
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What an excellent mix of references.
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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullish see 2b
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Sounds like he's bearish on Sean Saves the World.

Good news for P&R, almost good news for Community (you guys realise there will NOT be a movie right?). Can't ask for much more than that.
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Normally I'd agree with you that they probably wouldn't make a movie. However, given the Kickstarter trend, which gave life to a Veronica Mars movie, as well as the enthusiasm of the fan base, I wouldn't say it's impossible for it to happen. I guess it just depends on how dedicated to the idea of "Six Seasons and a Movie" they are, and if they can come up with a good enough idea for the movie. Plus it doesn't necessarily have to be a movie that is released in theaters, it could air on NBC, Hulu, or be a direct-to-dvd movie if they wanted it to be.

Either way, the series has been extremely lucky so far, not only continuing to a 5th (and possibly 6th) season, but also getting its creator back after he was fired, which is pretty much unheard of. So I would be extremely happy with "just" six seasons, especially if the show goes out on a strong note (which I strongly believe it will with Dan Harmon in charge). Though that won't stop me from continuing my #SixHarmonSeasonsAndAMovie chant. :P
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I honestly never heard the word "bullish" until this week.. and it sounds more like "stubborn" than "hopeful" but whatever. P&R is the best comedy, if not show in general, that NBC has. followed by Community and Grimm. they're unhappy about MJF Show and Sean but don't realize they're just not that good of shows, why would they find an audience?
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I believe the "bull" is more of a stock market derivation where "bull" signifies increasing investor confidence and increased investing. The opposite would be the "bear" with decreasing confidence in the market and decreasing stock value/prices.

The site TVbythenumbers uses the "bear" as a character that predicts which shows get cancelled.
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yessssss
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Unbelievable. This is the problem with the current NBC executive management, they think there's an audience for Sean Saves the World and they're frustrated that they cannot find it. How do they not recognize that the show is awful and the people that normally patronize terrible family sitcoms are staying away from this one because
A) it's on NBC, nightly home of the death of television;
B) it's tremendously mediocre in its own rite;
C) it's got a single, gay lead character which turns off that subset of the American audience that would normally keep shows like this on the air too long; and
D) the marketing for it has been utterly abysmal;
HOW DO THEY NOT SEE THIS???

Any exec who is blind to all of that deserves to be fired.

Any exec who is so blind that they don't see those truths AND makes the show the keystone of its night deserves to be fired and have all their diplomas burned and the rest of their possessions sold off with the proceeds given to educational charities.
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As for Community maybe coming back, I hope so, if for no other reason than at least it has critical and niche audience success - something NBC sorely lacks right now.
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The Michael J. Fox Show and Sean Saves the World didn't sound very appealing which is why I'm sure others including myself didn't even bother with them...
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Treat yo self to P&R! Thank you NBC, I will, without a doubt!
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I love Parks & Recreations but from a creative stand point it looks like this season would make the perfect send off.
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I love Parks & Rec to death, but I have mixed feelings about this news. On one hand: yay, more Parks & Rec! But on the other hand: I feel like the narrative of the characters is approaching its natural conclusion. Leslie is married and got to be on the city council, Tom is becoming a successful businessman, Ron is going to be a father, Chris & Ann are leaving, and April & Andy are happily together. I just don't see what else they can do with the characters without it feeling forced. So, having said all that, I kind of hope that next season is the last one. I want the show to go out on a high note and not become another casualty of networks trying to milk a show well past its expiration date.

Excited about the possibility of Community coming back. I won't hold my breath, though. I've kind of resigned myself to the fact that this will likely be the final season, but I'd love to be wrong. This season has been great (though I wasn't crazy about the ass crack bandit episode).
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The P&R writers are smart; I have faith in them. They'll know where to go next.
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Great news. I was almost certain this would be the last season of Community due to the ratings (as can be said about season 4 and 3) and departures. The possibility of 6 seasons and a movie lives on.

And I kind of expected Park & Rec would be back, but great to have a confirmation, especially this early.
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Community better come back
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Yay!! Parks & Recreation was renewed! I can't believe they even had to think about it.
lol @ bullish
I thought it meant stubborn...oops.
Hmm, it's a robust way of saying 50/50;-)
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I'm so far behind of Parks and Rec, I really do need to catch up. While I personally wouldn't say it's on the level of Community, it is still very enjoyable, and I'd be very happy with more seasons as long as the writing stays consistent enough.

Also yay! Glad to hear that, while it's not official, he does have some hope for the renewal of Community. #SixHarmonSeasonsAndAMovie
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