NBC has given a first glimpse at its midseason plans with the scheduling of the seventh and final season of Parks And Recreation. Indicating that the network may be planning to end its signature Thursday comedy block completely, Parks & Rec, which had aired on Thursday since its launch, will move to Tuesdays. It will premiere on January 13 and air back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM until February 24, when it will wrap its run with an hourlong finale following the Tuesday cycle premiere of The Voice.
This is a challenging time slot slot and unusual double-pumping scheduling pattern for a final season of a long-running series. It will launch two days after NBC’s January 11 broadcast of the 72nd annual Golden Globes, co-hosted by Parks & Rec star Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.
“Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast, and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of Parks And Recreation,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to ‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level.”
According to its scheduling plans announced in May, NBC’s flagship drama The Blacklist is supposed to take over the Thursday 9 PM hour, currently occupied by an abbreviated hourlong comedy block consisting of cancelled freshmen Bad Judge and A To Z, in early February. The network is yet to confirm those plans that may be influenced by the shaky ratings performance of The Blacklist successor in the Monday 10 PM berth, State Of Affairs. It is also unclear what NBC would slate in the 8-9 PM hour on Thursday, currently home to reality veteran The Biggest Loser, and at 10 PM following the departure of Parenthood. The network has two new comedies on tap for midseason, Mr. Robinson and One Big Happy.
Parks & Rec also stars Aziz Ansari, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Chris Pratt, Adam Scott, Jim O’Heir and Retta. Last season, the series averaged a 1.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.8 million viewers overall in Live+7 averages. It was the third-most-upscale primetime series on the Big 4 in 18-49 living. It was also the youngest show on ABC, CBS or NBC last season, with a median age for its audience of 41.7.
Greg Daniels, Michael Schur, Howard Klein, David Miner, Morgan Sackett and Dean Holland executive produce.