After picking up three half-hours to series early Thursday, NBC has officially renewed one of its comedy favorites for an additional season, granting a sixth year to Parks and Recreation.
The Amy Poehler ensemble about a rag-tag group of government employees was considered NBC's only slam-dunk comedy set to return to the schedule for 2013-14. The Thursday comedy has proven a launching pad for its cast, with co-stars Nick Offerman, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones and Chris Pratt all inking deals for films, book deals, comedy tours and more. This season, Parks and the departing The Office were the only returning NBC comedies to earn full-season pickups. While not a huge hit for the network, it continues to be an awards season magnet for Poehler.
The renewal brings to two the number of series on the air for producers Mike Schur and Dan Goor, who on Wednesday had their Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine ordered to series at Fox.
Parks marks NBC's first comedy renewal heading into Monday's upfront presentation to Madison Avenue buyers in New York. The fate of Community, Whitney and freshmen Guys With Kids, The New Normal and Go On have yet to be revealed, while Up All Night and 1600 Penn are all but dead.
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