- by Variance Staff
- May 6, 2012
It's TV renewal week.
Ahead of the networks' upfront presentations, Deadline is reporting that 30 Rock is close to securing contracts to lock up a final--although abbreviated--season.
NBC's long-standing comedy, starring Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, has closed deals with key writers, including co-executive producers Jack Burditt and Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan. The comedy's writers room will also return for what would be a shortened 13-14 episode final season.
Next season could be another rough one for the folks at NBC, whose big hit The Voice still isn't enough to carry the network. Veterans 30 Rock and The Office both look likely to wrap up if they are renewed for the 2012-13 season.
Status of other NBC comedies:
- Whitney: Doomed. Staple members of the crew and showrunners have moved on.
- Up All Night: Most insiders say it's 50/50. Exec-producer Jon Pollack has committed to another series, but it isn't over yet.
- The Office: Ed Helms (Andy) recently signaled he is optimistic and onboard for a new (likely last) season. Much of the cast is all over the place, though, and it could be a crazy last year if the show does return.
- Community & Parks and Recreation: These are both considered "bubble shows" but many observers predict both shows will return, unless NBC is working on The Voice spin-offs already...
- Best Friends Forever: Honestly, no one knew this show existed. And NBC already cancelled it.