NBC Gives Short Season Orders to Sitcoms, Renews Comedy-Drama Series

May 11, 2012  •  Post A Comment

NBC has given short season orders to two comedy series and has renewed a dramedy, Deadline.com reports.

The Peacock Network ordered a fourth season of "Community," consisting of 13 episodes, the website reports. A question has surfaced whether Dan Harmon will continue as showrunner. Because of the public feud between Harmon and co-star Chevy Chase, it’s unclear whether they’ll continue to work together or if one of them will leave the show, the story adds.

The comedy "30 Rock" also received a renewal for a shortened season, with the show picked up for its seventh and final season, which will consist of 13 to 14 episodes, according to a separate Deadline.com story.

The family comedy-drama "Parenthood" was also renewed. "Parenthood," which follows the lives of the fictional Braverman family, is NBC’s second-highest-rated drama, behind "Smash," the story notes.

NBC’s decision to order shortened seasons for its comedies comes as the network is seeking to free up money to pick up new comedies, Deadline.com notes.

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