“30 Rock” and “Parenthood” have both been renewed by NBC so get ready for more laughs, tears and laughter-induced tears.
“30 Rock” will be back for a seventh and final season, consisting of a shortened 13 episodes. The former critical and fan favorite has seen its ratings diminish in its current Season 6.
The final season plan aligns with what series star Alec Baldwin has told the press and what “30 Rock” star/creator Tina Fey has hinted at. Both Baldwin and Fey are contracted through Season 7 and in early April 2012, Fey appeared on “The View” and said “the end of the show is visible on the horizon.”
Earlier this week, Deadline reported that NBC was eying “30 Rock” for one more shortened season after locking in several key behind-the-scenes players.
In the most surprising pick up news of the week, “Parenthood” will be back for a fourth season. The critical darling — with Peter Krause, Lauren Graham and Craig T. Nelson — was shuffled around in its third season before NBC ordered two more episodes. But the Season 3 finale of “Parenthood,” which featured an emotional wedding, pulled in strong ratings, helping it get a Season 4.
The returning shows join recently picked-up new comedies including Matthew Perry’s “Go On,” Anne Heche’s “Save Me,” Ryan Murphy’s “The New Normal,” Josh Gad’s “1600 Penn” and the Justin Kirk-fronted “Animal Practice.”
On the drama side of things, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde drama “Do No Harm,” “Notorious,” Bryan Fuller’s “Hannibal,” Dick Wolf’s “Chicago Fire” and J.J. Abrams/Eric Kripke’s post-apocalyptic drama have also gotten series orders. They’re joined by the sophomore seasons of “Grimm” and “Smash,” which are also on NBC’s 2012-2013 slate.
by Jaimie Etkin