Following lengthy negotiations, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Ed Helms have all “agreed in principle” to rejoin “The Office” next season, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Though “The Office” is still NBC’s highest-rated scripted primetime series, Krasinski, Fischer and Helms pull enormous salaries and NBC execs were reportedly kicking around the idea of a ninth season without them.
Writer-actress Mindy Kaling, who plays Kelly Kapoor, will be leaving “The Office” after tonight’s finale to star in “It’s Messy,” a sitcom just picked up by Fox.
In other NBC news, the network announced Thursday that it has renewed "Community," “Parenthood” and “30 Rock.” They join previously renewed “Smash,” “Grimm” and “Law & Order SVU.”
Next season will be the last for “30 Rock.” Its final season is expected to comprise 13 or 14 episodes.
"Community" only gets a 13-episode order, but that can always be expanded if other NBC sitcoms do horribly. All new and returning NBC sitcoms are expected to start with 13-episode orders next season.
NBC on Thursday also ordered two more projects to series:
* “Do No Harm,” a drama from writer-producer David Schulner (“Trauma,” “The Event”), stars Steven Pasquale (“Rescue Me”) as neurosurgeon with a nasty alter ego.
* “Infamous,” a drama from writer-producer Liz Heldens (“Mercy”) follows a female detective who, to solve a murder, must infiltrate a wealthy family that once employed her mother as a maid.
NBC previously ordered to series:
* “Animal Practice,” from Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka (who wrote the 2011 Jonah Hill movie “The Sitter”), stars longtime “Weeds” player Justin Kirk as an angry veterinarian.
* “Go On,” a sitcom from Scott Silveri (“Friends.” “Joey,” “Perfect Couples”), stars Matthew Perry as an irreverant sportscaster who joins a support group.
* “Hannibal,” a prequel to “Red Dragon” and “Silence of the Lambs” from writer-producer Bryan Fuller (“Dead Like Me,” “Wonderfalls,” “Pushing Daisies”), follows serial killer Hannibal Lecter and FBI profiler Will Graham when they were a crimefighting team.
* “The New Normal,” a sitcom from Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), is about a gay couple who hire a waitress to incubate their unborn baby.
* “Save Me,” a sitcom from writer-producer John Scott Shepherd (writer of the 2002 Angelina Jolie comedy “Life Or Something Like It”), stars Anne Heche as a woman who many be channeling God.
* “Revolution,” an action drama from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company is about a world suddenly and mysteriously depleted of energy. This is NBC’s first Bad Robot series since “Undercovers.” Jon Favreau (“Cowboys & Aliens”) directed the pilot from a teleplay by “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke.
* “1600 Penn,” a family sitcom about The White House from writer-actor Josh Gad (“Gigi: Almost American”), co-stars Bill Pullman and Jenna Elfman.
NBC announces its fall schedule Monday morning.