In what has been – literally – the worst 24 hours of news for fans of NBC comedy of all time, the Peacock has released its revamped fall schedule, and it has no room for old favourites. Following yesterday’s sad confirmation that the much beloved Community has finally met its maker, now today comes word that Parks & Recreation‘s forthcoming seventh season will be its last. Time to retire for good Jerry/Garry/Larry/Terry.
With the NBC unexpectedly rising to first place in the American network ratings – after languishing for many years behind its competitors, ABC, CBS and FOX – the network has decided to revamp its forthcoming Fall schedule, moving hit drama The Blacklist to Thursdays at 9pm. This signals an end to the ‘Must See’ era of NBC programming, which included the Thursday night two hour block of comedy that was home to shows such as Parks & Rec, Community, 30 Rock and The Office.
Parks & Rec’s season 7 premiere is being held off for mid-season, meaning there’s a strong possibility that the final stand will be a truncated 13 episode order. The show’s sixth season was already placing the much loved mockumentary in a state of transition, with stars Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe leaving the series, as well as the lowered availability of Chris Pratt due to his burgeoning movie career and overall infectious awesomeness.
As for Jones, her influence isn’t totally gone from the Peacock for the moment. A to Z, a romantic sitcom that she is producing, has found its way into the new lineup.
But until the final credits roll at some point later this year/early next, let’s just hold each other and eat waffles with whipped cream and try to pretend that this isn’t happening.
Parks & Recreation is dunzo. CRY.
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