According to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline, critical and cult favorite NBC sitcoms 30 Rock, Community, and Parks and Recreation are all likely to be renewed, pleasing small but dedicated numbers of fans. But there could be a catch.
Andreeva reports that all three series are likely to get short orders, meaning that the number of episodes for each will be closer to 13 than the usual 24.
If this comes to pass, the news could be bittersweet for fans, though ultimately welcome. Until recently, Community was assumed to be on its last legs, and both 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation were favored for renewal but not assured. Recently, however, Community saw an uptick in ratings that significantly bumped its chances to see a fourth season. Should 30 Rock score a seventh season, it is likely to be the series last. Parks and Recreation never duplicated the stellar ratings of The Office, its spiritual predecessor, but receives good critical marks.
Andreeva also reports that freshman sitcom Whitney, a series about as funny as the burn ward at a children’s hospital, is unlikely to return. Fellow freshman series Up All Night has better odds but is far from guaranteed to return.