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NBC To Put Parks and Recreation On Hiatus Starting… Now

On Friday NBC announced some upcoming schedule changes, and Vulture noticed something weird: It looks like, without an official announcement or anything of the sort, they’ve put Parks and Recreation on hiatus.

For two Thursdays in a row Parks and Rec will be replaced by a repeat of The Voice (eurgh) and a Halloween-themed Saturday Night Live clip show (also eurgh). The week after that The Voice was going to be on anyway, and on November 14th Parks and Rec returns… for only two weeks. The show’s Halloween and Election Day episodes will air back-to-back on both Thursdays, too late for both Halloween and Election Day. After that the show will go MIA again until January 9th. The weeks in between will be filled with football, the January 2nd premiere of Community (yay!), some reality TV, and that really weird Carrie Underwood-starring The Sound of Music live production that’s been giving me such mixed feelings.

Vulture points out that, yeah, this doesn’t look good for Parks and Rec, but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be cancelled. With NBC’s new comedies performing poorly it’s not like they can afford to axe everything that doesn’t have huge ratings. It’s the same reason Community isn’t dead. Apparently the reason for Parks and Rec‘s extended vacation is that NBC wants everyone and their mother to watch new sitcom Sean Saves the World, which airs after what would be Parks and Rec‘s timeslot, only they figure all that other stuff is a better lead-in.

Gosh darnit. It this going to be another show that I only get around to watching after it gets cancelled? I hope not for your sakes, Parks and Rec fans. TV Gods willing, your show will be back on January 9th. Or, to draw another Community parallel, on whatever day January 9th ends up being.

(via: Vulture)

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  • John W

    Great just when they introduced Tatiana Maslany. Great Timing.

  • Kerry Dolan Timony

    Christ. It’s because I dressed as Leslie Knope for Halloween party, isn’t it?

  • Gordon Borland

    Excuse me while I go sob uncontrollably.

  • BirdBot

    Nooooooo!!!! Nononononono no no nooooooooo! Ok, I admit I don’t love the current overarching storyline, but it’s still easily one of the best and funniest shows on tv, maybe ever on tv. I will be so incredibly sad if they just let such a great show peter out and die.

  • Noelle

    NBC seems determined to kill P&R.

  • Adrian

    Gosh darnit. It this going to be another show that I only get around to watching after it gets cancelled?

    NBC just released this statement: “We here at NBC like to cancel good shows, which draws a lot of complaints, so it really burns us when we do have high-quality programming that viewers aren’t watching. We’ve decided to enact a zero-tolerance policy on procrastinating viewers: simply put, Parks & Recreation is on hiatus until Rebecca Pahle starts watching the show and catches up.”

  • Alicia

    This is all Greg Pikitis’s fault.

  • Liliray

    So not awesome sauce NBC. I have no reason to watch that network anymore.

  • elyse harlow

    Dammit Jerry!

  • According2Robyn

    If you’ll excuse me, I have to sigh forlornly for ten minutes straight.

  • Mark Chen

    How can someone not like The Voice??

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  • Laura Truxillo

    Aw, my brother finally got me to watch an episode of this and it is as wonderful as everyone said. I hope it makes it.

  • Anthony Strand

    Even if it doesn’t, it’ll have 112 episodes after this season. That’s a good run (and I say that as a huge fan of the show.)

  • Anonymous

    Now I have nothing to live for.

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  • Anonymous

    NBC. The Biggest Loser Network.

  • Anonymous

    Well think of it this way: your costume was vintage before you even knew it.

  • Anonymous

    Right on! Networks are dead! Serves them right for trusting Nielsen with their 20th century statistical models.

  • Pandemic187

    You mean Larry?

  • Pandemic187

    No, it’s probably Jamm plotting a stupid plot.