For St. Patrick’s Day, NBC has given fans of its Thursday night comedy block the greatest gift of all.
Earlier today, NBC officially renewed "The Office" for an eighth season while giving third seasons to "Parks and Recreation" and "Community." "30 Rock" was renewed last fall, meaning all of NBC’s established (and critically acclaimed) sitcoms will be back next year.
"I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies which are all at the top of their game creatively,” said Bob Greebvlatt, NBC’s chairman. “Along with ’30 Rock,’ they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit, and sophistication. ‘The Office’ continues to fire on all cylinders on the most competitive night of television; ‘Parks & Recreation’ has come into its own this season as the rightful companion to ‘The Office;’ and ‘Community’ is one of the freshest comedies on any network and a solid foundation for Thursday night."
The pickups also indicate that struggling comedies "Outsourced" and "Perfect Couples" are unlikely to return.
We at Crave Online are big fans of "The Office," "Parks and Rec." and "30 Rock" (all of which placed in our Top Ten TV Comedy Series of 2010). But the one we’re most excited about is the renewal of "Community," our pick for the best sitcom of the year.
"They’re celebrating St. Paddy’s at NBC," wrote "Community" creator Dan Harmon on twitter. "Crazy drunks picked us up for a 3rd season. Thank you, NBC and all our viewers." Harmon later joked "No better feeling than knowing the rest of your episodes can totally blow."
"Community" co-star Danny Pudi also chimed in on twitter. "Yeah boy!!! It is true. ‘Community’ Season 3 is happening! Thank you to everyone who believes in the Human Beings of Greendale."