March 17th, 2011
06:12 PM ET
Thursday night comedy fans, rejoice! All of NBC's Thursday night veteran shows will be back next season.
The network announced today that they will be renewing "The Office" (without Steve Carell), "Parks and Recreation" and "Community." (Does this mean that the replacement for Carell has been picked? What are the odds that NBC would pick up the show without knowing who the new star is going to be?)
It's also good news for the TV critics, who have been voicing their passionate support for both "Parks" and "Community" this season. (And it also means that Rob Lowe definitely isn't replacing Charlie Sheen.)
Bob Greenblatt, the new chairman of NBC entertainment, said in a statement that, "Along with '30 Rock,' [these series] represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit, and sophistication." ("30 Rock" was renewed back in November.)
Some of the stars reacted on Twitter, including "Parks'" Aziz Ansari: "Parks and Rec is NEW tonight at 930 on NBC. It's a really funny episode. Also we got picked up for Season 4! #IAlsoAteSomeGreatBBQToday"
Gillian Jacobs from "Community" tweeted, "I am so happy! I love our show! I love our fans! Thank you for watching and thank you NBC for another year of hijinks. #doubledreamhands"
And "Community" creator Dan Harmon had a different theory: "They're celebrating St. Paddy's at NBC. Crazy drunks picked us up for a 3rd season. Thank you, NBC and all our viewers."
One big question left for NBC's schedule next season is whether the Monday night lineup of "Chuck," "The Event" and "Harry's Law" will come back. It could be May before we find out the answer to that.
In the meantime, are you happy to hear this news? Are you willing to give another season of "The Office" a chance?
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