The comedy series “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” have settled on deals that will keep both shows in their current homes on Viacom cable networks through the mid-2020s, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
“‘The Office’s’ exclusive cable run on Comedy Central will continue through 2021, and after that the show will have a non-exclusive deal to air across Viacom networks until 2025,” THR reports. “‘Parks and Rec,’ meanwhile, will remain on Comedy Central through 2024.”
Tanya Giles, general manager of Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, is quoted saying in connection with the announcement: “Keeping the exclusive rights to ‘The Office’ through 2021 is a coup for Comedy Central and Viacom. Since acquiring it, we’ve reinvigorated the franchise on linear, drawing big audiences throughout our full day schedule. It’s also been a key lead-in to help drive viewers to our own original, acclaimed comedies. We’re so excited to keep it on our air that we wouldn’t even trade it for an iPod.”
THR adds: “Both shows have proven to be valuable properties. ‘The Office’ was the most-watched show on Netflix in terms of minutes viewed in 2018 with a staggering 52 billion minutes consumed. The UniversalTV comedy will move to Comcast streaming platform Peacock in 2021 in a $500 million megadeal.”