NBC picks up ‘Community’

Network also gives full orders to 'Parks,' 'Mercy'

NBC handed out good news Friday to frosh laffer “Community,” new drama “Mercy” and soph entry “Parks and Recreation,” giving all three shows full-season pickups.

Net ordered nine more episodes of each show. Left off the list: new drama “Trauma,” which has struggled on Monday nights.

Pickups were announced by NBC/Universal Media Studios primetime entertainment prexy Angela Bromstad, who gave kudos to “Community” for “delivering a first-rate, quality show that is very promising as the newest of NBC’s first-rate Thursday night comedies.”

In ordering an entire year of “Mercy,” Bromstad added that she thought the show could “be a strong player for us.” And she cited the conventional wisdom that “Parks and Recreation” has improved creatively this season.

Fall to date, “Community” has averaged a 2.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers. Net also touted the show’s heavy concentration of upscale viewers.

“Mercy,” meanwhile, has posted a 2.1 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 7.8 million viewers. And “Parks and Recreation” is averaging a 2.1/5 with adults 18-49 and 4.8 million viewers.

Dan Harmon exec produces “Community” along with Joe and Anthony Russo. Exec producers also include Russ Krasnoff, Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman and Gary Foster.

Show, from Sony Pictures TV and Universal, stars Joel McHale as a lawyer who faked his degree and winds up in community college. Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong also star.

“Mercy,” a hospital drama set through the perspective of nurses, comes from creator-exec producer Liz Heldens, along with Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, as well as Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun. Universal produces with BermanBraun.

Taylor Schilling, Jaime Lee Kirchner, Michelle Trachtenberg, James Tupper, Diego Klattenhoff, Guillermo Diaz and James LeGros star.

“Parks and Recreation,” starring Amy Poehler, also comes from Universal; Greg Daniels, Michael Schur, Howard Klein and David Miner are exec producers.

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