WTF: NBC to end Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, and Community after next season?

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Knope 4 Life.

Say it isn’t so! No, really–tell me I’m wrong. While NBC has said that 30 Rock will have just one more abbreviated final season, the fate of Parks and Rec and Community is still unconfirmed. But with rumors that they too will end after next season, the internet–or at least my section of it–was already abuzz with cries of outrage. Courtney started a petition:

Liz Lemon and Leslie Knope are not only two of the funniest female characters on television, but they are played by two of the most creative and powerful women working in cultural production today. It’s been a joy for smart, complex women all over America to finally have a few laughs with women who understand their sensibility, their foibles, their triumphs, their lives. Take that away, and not only will your bottom line suffer, but we will lose direct and regular access to the most dynamic writers creating feminist, funny content around.

Although I’ve enjoyed this season of 30 Rock, I’m actually OK with calling it quits soon. It’s been around for six years already, and all the feminist explorations of Liz Lemon have probably already been written. (Perhaps it’s time for Tina Fey to go forth and create a new show–maybe one in which she has some lady friends.) And I haven’t watched Community yet–although my TV soul-mate Jos tells me it’s a Buffy-esque tribute to the importance of chosen family, so I’m sold. But if Parks and Rec is cancelled, I will be truly devastated.

Atlanta, GA

Maya Dusenbery is an Executive Director in charge of Editorial at Feministing. Maya has previously worked at NARAL Pro-Choice New York and the National Institute for Reproductive Health and was a fellow at Mother Jones magazine. She graduated with a B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. A Minnesota native, she currently lives, writes, edits, and bakes bread in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/sbishop/ Sharon Bishop

    Not parks and rec.! I will be lost without Knope. :'(

  • http://feministing.com/members/cookie/ Cookie

    Well Community is confirmed for a 13 episode 4th season (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/nbc-renews-community-323145, sorry, my HTML doesn’t exist.) They haven’t ruled out future orders, and NBC has been generous in the past (Chuck.) I’m confident that Parks will get at least a half-order, after all it has stronger ratings than Community most weeks (grumble grumble YOU try being programmed against Big Bang Fucking Theory grumble.)

  • http://feministing.com/members/msmolly/ Molly F

    Don’t worry! Parks and Rec just got 22 episodes for next season! Last night’s episode had me sobbing uncontrollably at the thought that it might be the last. http://www.avclub.com/articles/updated-nbc-renews-parks-and-recreation-for-a-full,73927/

    We can all breathe a sigh of relief for now and know that our favorite Pawneeians will be back next year. Unfortunately, Whitney is coming back too but you win some you lose some.

  • http://feministing.com/members/samantha/ Samantha O

    Parks and Recreation was renewed with a full 22 episode order. Community and 30 Rock were both renewed with with limited orders (13 episodes).

    I don’t believe that P&R was ever in serious danger – it’s ratings are ok, it’s finally scoring Emmy nods, and it’s been a critical hit for years. Plus, Amy Poehler’s a bona fide star at this point.

    This cancellation uproar was all based on unsubstantiated rumors that were amplified by the internet echo chamber. I don’t think anyone even quoted mysterious “insiders.” This article cited a Vanity Fair article that cited a NY Daily Post article that cited…no one.