NBC has resolved much of the mystery surrounding the fates of a number of its shows, announcing renewals today for several series, E! News reports.
The network will bring back “Parks and Recreation,” “Whitney” and “Up All Night,” the story reports. NBC also has announced it is bringing back “The Office” for a ninth season.
The shows were among a number of NBC series that were awaiting word as of earlier today, as we reported this morning.
Elsewhere on the dial, ABC has renewed “Happy Endings” for a third season, giving it a full 22-episode order, as was expected, Deadline.com reports.
NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” which returns for season five, avoided the fate that befell “Community” and “30 Rock,” which received orders for shortened seasons — 13 episodes for “Community” and 13 or 14 for “30 Rock.”
“E! News has confirmed that ‘Parks and Rec’ has been given a 22-episode order from NBC,” the story reports. “Yes, that’s right: no shortened episode order for our favorite Pawnee residents! No need for Ron Swanson to give NBC execs his ‘I’m a true American’ stare after all! The mockumentary has struggled in the ratings, but it seems the fan devotion and critical love was enough to warrant 22 more episodes of pure awesomeness.”
“Whitney,” which stars Whitney Cummings, and “Up All Night,” which stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett and Maya Rudolph, both received orders for second seasons.
ABC’s renewal of “Happy Endings” follows a mass announcement of series renewals Thursday night by ABC, as we reported previously.