NBC has more laughs in store for next year, picking up its entire Thursday-night laffer lineup.
The Peacock had already ordered another season of “Parks and Recreation”; now it has given a fall pickup to frosh “Community,” as well as vets “The Office” and “30 Rock.”
“We are happy to give these early pickups to these critically acclaimed, incredibly funny comedies,” said NBC primetime entertainment prexy Angela Bromstad. “As a result, we look forward to continuing our rewarding partnership with the respective creative teams and talented showrunners for ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Community’ as they all consistently deliver quality shows.”
Pickups of “The Office” and “30 Rock” are no surprise, as they’re the net’s comedy staples.
“Community,” meanwhile, has become a critical darling — particularly following last week’s episode, which scored strong reviews.
Show has averaged a 2.7 rating/7 share in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers in its inaugural season.
Meanwhile, “The Office,” now in its sixth season, is averaging a 4.9 rating/12 share in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall. Thursday night’s hourlong special — which revolved around the birth of Jim and Pam’s baby — beat time-period rival “Grey’s Anatomy” for the first time ever.
And Emmy winner “30 Rock” is averaging a 3.4 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 6.9 million viewers overall in its fourth season.
The pickups put NBC in a tight position: None of the night’s shows (save tentpole “The Office,” which isn’t going anywhere) is strong enough to move on its own to another night. Yet if NBC wants to put any new comedies on the air this fall, it will either have to launch a new night — or stick a lone laffer behind a truncated, 90-minute “The Biggest Loser.”
As a result, the Peacock may have to rotate in and out new sitcoms on Thursday nights, putting some of the four established shows on hiatus for certain stretches of time. That’s a problem the net will have to address in a few months, after it screens all of its new laffers.
Dan Harmon created and exec produces “Community,” which comes from Sony Pictures TV. Soon after receiving word of the pickup, Harmon punked the show’s cast and crew by first telling them that the show was dead. Harmon shot the “Community” team’s reaction to that false news and uploaded it to the Web. (Cast and crew soon found out the truth, of course.)
Russ Krasnoff, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, Garrett Donovan, Neil Goldman and Gary Foster are also exec producers. “The Office” exec producers include Greg Daniels, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Ben Silverman and Paul Lieberstein. And “30 Rock” is exec produced by Tina Fey, Lorne Michaels, Marci Klein, David Miner and Robert Carlock.
Universal Media Studios is behind “The Office” and “30 Rock.”