Get yourself to the diner and order some waffles: Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and the rest of the Pawnee crew will be back in the fall. NBC announced Thursday that Parks And Recreation will return for a sixth season.
The show stars Burlington native and Boston College graduate Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, Parks Department deputy director and city councilwoman in Pawnee, Indiana. While never a ratings powerhouse (not much on NBC is these days, other than Sunday Night Football), Parks And Rec has performed consistently in its Thursday time slot.
Renewal had seemed likely, and the season five finale served to set up several storylines for a presumed season six. But almost nothing is a certainty in the business of television these days, and coming on the same day that NBC canceled several other shows, the renewal is that much more satisfying.
The networks are preparing for the annual event known as the upfronts, where they announce their fall schedules and preview next season’s new shows for advertisers. NBC will make its presentation on Monday, May 13th, with the rest of the broadcast networks and many of the bigger cable channels following throughout the week.
NBC is announcing several new comedies for the fall, and with the departure of The Office, Parks And Recreation could be used in the 9 pm time slot to serve as an anchor for one of the new shows.