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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