Ahead of the NBC upfronts, the network's fall schedule is beginning to fall in place. And while there are currently no announcement about the future of "The Office," one other key Thursday night comedy series will be back.
NBC has renewed "Parks and Recreation" for a full fifth season of 22 episodes, unlike the short 13 episode pickups for "30 Rock" and "Community." "The Office" is still expected to be renewed, which would allow the Thursday night lineup to be largely unchanged.
"Up All Night" and "Whitney" have also been renewed, with "Whitney's" renewal coming as somewhat of a surprise given its very soft ratings throughout the season. Additionally, NBC ordered six episodes of Dane Cook's comedy series, "Next Caller."
NBC also canceled the well-reviewed drama "Awake" as well as its three remaining freshmen sitcoms: "BFF," "Are You There, Chelsea?" and "Bent." Additionally, all of the remaining pilots at NBC have been passed on by the network, including "Beautiful People;" the sci-fi tinged drama led by former "American Horror Story" actress Frances Conroy.
Given the high number of comedy pickups and the cancellation of "Awake," it would not be surprising if NBC attempts to make Thursday a three hour comedy block again, as it briefly toyed with last year.
The complete fall 2012 schedule for NBC will be announced later this month.