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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.

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  • May 10, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Parks and Rec?

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • May 10, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST


    by BackRiverCatfish

  • May 10, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    First also...

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • May 10, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    2nd actually

    by BackRiverCatfish

  • May 10, 2012, 7:44 p.m. CST

    If they cancel Parks, I'm out

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Fuck NBC and all network TV

  • Tonight's episode was pretty funny. I get why Pierce has been at Greendale for 10 years now. Oh, shit! Will Chevy even be back next season? I mean, he hasn't done much all year, but I don't necessarily want to see him go. Then again, he's been a massive tool to Dan Harmon. I wouldn't be surprised to see him joining Starburns in the great eternal meth lab in the sky.

  • May 10, 2012, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I like Ed Helms

    by Bass Ackwards

    But Andy and Erin are the shows worst, most pandering elements these days.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Cancel Whitney before Parks and Rec

    by Tarijeno

    P&R is amazing.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:15 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    I'm not as surprised as I was when Dollhouse got picked up for a second season but I'm still pretty damned surprised. What a great week! Joss Whedon is the King of The World, Community gets renewed & I found a nice pair of summer sandles that don't pinch my feet. Everything is coming up Milhouse!!

  • May 10, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Most of those new series sound terrible...

    by MisterManReturns

  • May 10, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Chevy Chase is right though. The head writer is getting lazy.

    by mistergreen

  • C'mon, if Chuck can go through this dance year after year of only getting a half season order only to get a full season order when other shows tank in the same time slot, Community will end up doing the same thing. Both have a Subway tie in. Chuck probably cost more as an action show. Community gets better ratings and have done better than any other show that has put in its' time slot when it was on hiatus.

  • May 10, 2012, 9:58 p.m. CST


    by Raskolnikov_was_framed

    Cool coolcoolcool

  • May 10, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    P&R didn't end on a cliffhanger

    by Alex Fritz

    Makes me nervous. I guess Ben's leaving, and Andy possibly becoming a cop could be construed as cliffhangers and if Anne and Tom actually end up moving in together but the end when Leslie puts her picture among the other city council members pics felt very conclusive. I feel Winter coming and it does not feel good.

  • May 10, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Why would anyone want a Community film?

    by Alex Fritz

    TV and film are different mediums. Community is a very TV show. It's only cinematic when referencing or spoofing a movie. So why should it be made into a movie when it will most likely feel like a long episode or an extended coda. Plus most TV to film adaptations are bad, especially comedy ones. Why does anyone think Community would translate well to a film format? I'm not trying to condescend or anything, these are just my thoughts on it, I'm genuinely interested in hearing why sixseasonsandamovie is gathering so much steam and fervent support.

  • May 10, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Fuck You Chevy Chase

    by Spicypeanut

    Old balls, in your face! Community renewed motherfucker! I hope Pierce dies from bubbling diarrhea poured on his head - Game of Thrones style. There, I feel better.

  • May 10, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by Tigger Tales

    Hopefully it will be an enjoyable 4th and last semester at Greendale.

  • May 10, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by ShelbKis

    #sixseasonsandamovie was just the "Save Community" hashtag based on a Abed/Troy quote/running joke from the show. No one's actually calling for a movie, just wanted the show to continue.

  • and now im gonna go drink myself to tears cuz i know it wont happen. why did no one watch that show? tonights was soooooo good

  • May 11, 2012, 12:05 a.m. CST

    It's Jay Leno's fault

    by SifoDyasJr

    Look at NBC's ratings prior to the fall of 2009. Then the Jay Leno Show was on at 10pm for half a season. Now look at NBC's ratings. They are still hemorrhaging from that debacle. It's bad karma from incredibly bad decisions and unfortunately, some great shows are suffering because of it.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:27 a.m. CST

    I just got into Parks & Rec this season

    by tomandshell

    I'd miss it if they cancel my new favorite show.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:45 a.m. CST

    community saved.

    by rakesh patel

    and you can bet they'll get a full order, because all those other NBC shows are shit. The office it seems is on life support. * “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. this is a show?!?!?!?!?!?! wtf?

  • May 11, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Pitching better 2 line synopsis of tv shows

    by rakesh patel

    honestly how the fuck do this people get their foot in the door with a pitch like * “Go On,” a sitcom that stars Matthew Perry as an irreverant sportscaster who joins a support group. hmm interastding. "talkbackers" a sitcom that stars a couple of geeks who hangout on a movie and tv website

  • May 11, 2012, 1:07 a.m. CST

    13 Eps is that they can't figure out what they're doing yet

    by Charlie

    I think it's purely a case of, they know they want to make some changes to scheduling ect. Yet they're not quite sure what they're going to do. So if they order 13 episodes they still have some flexibility during the next season. If everything got full orders they'd be locked into what they're doing now. I fully expect they'll all get picked up for full seasons or more episodes at least. The 30 Rock people would be pretty annoyed though if they're planning for a 13 episode final season and it gets extended though. That's the one peculiar aspect. I personally think, they should just end up alternating shows. The old season model is getting dated. Why not have more weeks with new shows on, but less. So you have The Office Paired with 30 Rock for 13 weeks. Then switch to Community Paired with Parks for 13 weeks. Then back. And so forth.

  • May 11, 2012, 1:35 a.m. CST

    Infamous is a clone of Revenge

    by MGTHEDJ

    Similar premise, only the returning girl is law enforcement trying to solve the crimes, not the instigator.-----later-----m

  • May 11, 2012, 1:37 a.m. CST

    The 13 episode thing sounds pretty retarded...

    by Ryan

    and frankly cowardly. But THANK GOD Community got renewed!

  • May 11, 2012, 2:11 a.m. CST

    So what about Awake?

    by Paul

  • May 11, 2012, 3:38 a.m. CST

    CHevy CHase was right.

    by mynamesdan

    the writing is getting very shitty on community and i'm only complaining because I care. I wonder who they could replace Chevy with if he runs off or gets fired. Do you think Stiller might lend a hand? Could this be Coogan's moment to shine?

  • May 11, 2012, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Here's to hoping that the powers that be at NBC will...

    by Frederik

    get their collective heads out of their asses and renew Awake. Hands down the best new drama on TV! Tonight's episode was pure television gold

  • May 11, 2012, 4:23 a.m. CST

    Nielson is nonsense...

    by Andrew Coleman

    Most people I know mainly watch NBC. Most the network shows I watch are on NBC. I think they watch 80 year olds who simply tune into CBS and then die with the television on... Then Nielson does its bullshit math and claim CBS gets truck loads of viewers. Bull shit. Do you know a single person who has seen a new episode of 2 and 1/2 Men? Well do you know anyone who has watched a new episode of 2 and 1/2 Men and not killed themselves? The NBC comedies are brilliant(Minus Whitney and that other one)... I'm talking about Community, P&R, 30 Rock and the office. Awake and SVU are also solid. Animal Practice... I can't believe that's a show... I'll watch it but mainly because a friend of mine literally said earlier this week: "Why haven't they ever made a show about a veterinarian?"... Well there you go. I'll watch that.

  • May 11, 2012, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Glad Parenthood and Community was saved! Chevy Chase is full of shit!

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Last night Community was very funny and the twist NOT being a twist was unexpected and almost worked on me. Plus Troy was pure hilarious and the asylum bit too.

  • May 11, 2012, 5:33 a.m. CST

    That's STREETS AHEAD in my books!

    by Rebel Scumb

    I'm glad I live in a world where 1) Fringe is getting a 5th and final season 2) Community is getting a 4th season 3) Futurama & Arrested Development both managed to be resurrected

  • May 11, 2012, 7:32 a.m. CST

    There goes my Friday Hulu watching.

    by Muldoon

    At least there'll still be BIG BANG THEORY (on cbs), right? And I'm sorry, but THE OFFICE is quickly becoming my new SIMPSONS. No more 30 ROCK... sad day.

  • I love 30 Rock that, Community and Parks & Rec are by far NBC's best comedies. If they want to give a show a final season let it be the Office. I just don't find it that hilarious. Sure an episode here or there, but the fore mentioned trio has my stomach hurting after each episode. God I'm going to miss 30 Rock that show was the BEST.

  • I haven't watched Revenge but from the basic plot as I understand it, with a woman breaking into a wealthy family who's linked to her parentage's past. Sounds along the same lines to me.

  • May 11, 2012, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Community needs some normal

    by MurderMostFowl

    We've been costing on 50% "meta" and "crazy world" episodes ever since the first paint ball episode. Yeah they're funny, but they're getting... old. I really think things took a turn for the worse when Ken Jeong started being in so many episodes. He's funny, but in small doses. The novelty has way worn off at this point. It's like in the old episodes every character was 60% normal and 40% weird funny thing. Now it's like most of the characters have moved into 80% weird and 20% normal. That doesn't exactly leave much room to give us any believable set up for the.. you know... humor. Why not go back a little bit and have them attend a class or something? The guest stars have always worked out well for them...John Oliver was fantastic. John Hodgeman worked for this episode, but I can't see him working out long term unless they let him write some of his own stuff. Donald Glover is tragically underused. I know he writes alot, but his character has so much more he could putin. Have you seen Glover's old stuff. It's amazingly funny. ( Some of you may have seem me post about Derrick Comedy years before... love those guys. )

  • May 11, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    30 Rock is better satire than the Simpsons.

    by cookylamoo

    But I'm ready to let it go.

  • May 11, 2012, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Ron Swanson is God!!!

    by Fart_Master_Flex

  • I have been trying to persuade friends to give COMMUNITY a shot. But only to get the response "I did check out last night's, and it was really weird."

  • May 11, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    30 is clever, but a bit too pretentious for me.

    by Tigger Tales

  • May 11, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Parks & Rec season finale was a model of sitcom perfection. Call me corny, but it

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    set up conflicts that were resolved, all characters were given a chance to shine (sp. love Adam Scott's reaction to Ron's whiskey shot, a comedy tradition, but Scott went the distance), and yes, it was even touching in a corny sitcom fashion (its all about love and "family"). 30 Rock, The Office (please someone put it out of its misery, although watch James Spader pick up a supporting Emmy for comedy), and even Community have had off episodes, but IMO P&R has knocked it out each episode. And if Paul Rudd could be kept

  • May 11, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    And Ron Swanson mustache will not be ignored!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • May 11, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    And looks like NBC will give Parks a half season also.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • May 11, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    What I want most for COMMUNITY is a proper ending

    by supertoyslast

    ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT may have ended too soon, but at least it got to have a proper finale. I fear that, when it comes, the final episode will be in the can before the cancellation decision is made - denying fans a real ending. Ending after 4 years and graduation would be perfect. I think I would have preferred a final season of 22 episodes to 13 episodes and the possibility of more.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Gently canceled

    by iceman199

    That's what Vanity Fair is calling this. The half season runs for Community, 30 Rock and Parks & Rec. Supposidly will be gone after that.

  • May 11, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    John Oliver was great in Community

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    everything he did was spot-on. Every scene he's in, he's the best thing in it. He's completely unknown in Britain, despite everyone else in Footlights going on to relative stardom/acclaim. More Ian Duncan, please. I want to see him pull another forty minutes of anaesthesiology out of his arse

  • May 11, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Fox started all this with the announced shortened Fringe season.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    NBC is just copying, knowing that 30 Rock, Community and Parks are cult hits, with low ratings, but NBC needs every viewer they can glom onto. Just like Fox (even with American Idle).

  • May 11, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Favorite Thursday NBC sitcoms, in order:

    by 2for2true

    1, Parks and Rec - This show is consistently funny, week in, week out. Even minor characters have shined in a big way this year. Grade A- 2. 30 Rock - So off the wall, great pacing, and a the best cast on television. Always pulling in great guest stars. Musically brilliant- Jeff Redmond (a.k.a. Mr. Tina Fey) writes incredible original music. Grade B+ 3. Community - Even the most ardent supporters would agree that this year has been uneven at best. Some good episodes this year, but I can't recall a great one. At least 20% were just duds. You kind of got the feeling they just gave up on it after the hiatus. Still, by far the most original and unique comedy on air right now. Wonderful cast with great, if underutilized potential. Is it just me, or is Chevy Chase dragging the show, far, far down? Grade B- 4. The Office - Like your favorite aunt dying of Alzheimer's Disease. You love it at one time, and you hate to see it doing so poorly now. You know it would be better for all involved if it would just die in its sleep. Grade C-.

  • And if you do insist on wearing sandals in town or to the city then please go get a pedicure. Thank you and You're Welcome! No one wants to see your ugly Hobbit feet.

  • May 12, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Hey Buffy did you read Joss' open letter to the fans?

    by theGoldbergV

    Ah what am I asking? Of course you did. Great stuff. Fringe and Community renewed. HBO Sorkin show on the way, Whedon ruling Hollywood. Good times