NBC Places PARKS AND RECREATION on Hiatus Until Early 2014
Following last week's news that NBC had cancelled its freshman series WELCOME TO THE FAMILY and IRONSIDE, the network has now quietly placed its Amy Poehler-starrer PARKS AND RECREATION on hiatus until early 2014.
Vulture has revealed that beginning this week, PARKS AND REC will be replaced by an encore episode of THE VOICE, before returning for back-to-back episodes on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. NBC will then air various sports and holiday specials until the coemdy returns with COMMUNITY in January 2014.
The hiatus doesn't necessarily mean a cancellation is imminent, however. Since 30 ROCK and THE OFFICE went on off the air, NBC has yet to prove that it can sustain a Thursday night comedy block without PARKS.
As Vulture's Josef Adalian explains:
"The network desperately wants to get more viewers to sample 9 p.m. comedy Sean Saves the World. It's betting that all of the special programming it's planned for the 8 p.m. hour will do better than Parks, thus boosting Sean. It's also a very clear sign than NBC, perhaps not unreasonably, has given up on the idea that Parks will ever grow its audience."
From Emmy Award-winning executive producers Greg Daniels ("The Office," "King of the Hill") and Michael Schur ("The Office," NBC's "Saturday Night Live"), "Parks and Recreation" is a hilarious ensemble comedy that follows Leslie Knope (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Amy Poehler, NBC's "Saturday Night Live," "Baby Mama"), a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana, and her tireless efforts to make her quintessentially American town just a little bit more fun.