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Posted at 07:52 PM ET, 03/17/2011

NBC picks up ‘Office,’ ‘Parks,’ ‘Community’ for next season

NBC has renewed the soon-to-be-Steve Carell-less “The Office,” as well as “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” for next season.

Thursday’s news leaves only “Outsourced” and “Perfect Couples” among the network’s Thursday sitcoms still awaiting news of their fate. Looks like those shows are going to have to wait until closer to mid-May -- when the network unveils its new prime-time plans to advertisers – to find out if they’re getting the thumbs up for another season. NBC had ages ago announced it was picking up its Thursday comedy “30 Rock” for the 2011-12 TV season.

Carell, who is the lead of NBC’s remake of Brit hit “The Office,” has said he’s leaving “The Office” at the end of this season, sending fans of the show into an ecstasy of speculative re-casting.

NBC’s new programming chairman Bob Greenblatt carefully complimented the three re-ordered sitcoms for being at the top of their game creatively, saying “they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit and sophistication.”

Because while “The Office” is a solid demographic hit, the other two have a small-ish, though rabid, fan base.

Many of those rabid fans are professional TV critics, who insisted Thursday that both “Parks and Rec” and “Community” have the potential to grow. “Parks” tends to attract about 2.8 percent of the country’s 18-49 year olds, and “Community” about 2 percent. Some of those critics speculated the addition of Rob Lowe to the cast could do much for the ratings of “Park and Rec.”

The little dears.

By  |  07:52 PM ET, 03/17/2011

 
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