Emma Doherty ‘16 / Emertainment Monthly Staff Writer
Parks and Recreation fans can finally breathe easy because it was announced earlier today that the show will be (most likely) renewed for a seventh season.
Usually the show doesn’t hear until the last minute whether or not it will be able to continue, but after NBC chairman was pushed to explain the future state of the show earlier today at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, he predicts there will in fact be another season later this year.
This announcement was extremely unexpected especially this early. NBC president Robert Greenblatt stated that he was not happy with the ratings for the other shows on the Thursday night comedy block including Sean Saves the World, and the Michael J Fox Show. These shows were given special attention earlier this season and Parks was pushed to the back burner as it always is and put on on hiatus.
Despite the network tirelessly promoting these two shows, the ratings are still not good. Parks has been more consistent with its ratings and one of only two returning comedies on NBC this year. It was even acknowledged as NBC’s number one ranked comedy. Whether this has to do with Amy Poehler’s increasing stardom and presence in headlines or that more people are constantly watching the show is unknown.
But, speaking of Poehler’s skyrocketing career, NBC also announced that they have established a three year deal with Poehler to air her new sitcom that she is co-creating and executive producing with Dave Becky. The show is written by Happy Endings’ writers Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel and stars Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne.
These two announcements mark an extraordinary week for Poehler who last Sunday co-hosted the Golden Globes with SNL alum Tina Fey. She also took home her first Golden Globe for her work as leading actress in a comedy series for Parks.
Needless to say you should look forward to hearing more from this comedy icon and her long list of projects and make sure to watch Parks and Recreation every Thursday at 8:30/7:30c on NBC.