'Parks and Recreation' to end after season 7

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Your days in Pawnee are numbered: NBC announced on Sunday that season 7 of Parks and Recreation will be its last.

The small-town government comedy starring Amy Poehler will wind up its adventures this coming season, news that may sadden many fans but probably not come as a shock. Like the just-canceled Community, the beloved show has struggled in the ratings, drawing 3.7 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic, including DVR playback, and series executive producer Michael Schur told EW last month that it was “fairly likely” that the show would wrap up at the end of season 7. “The natural rhythm of the show and the big creative jump we take at the end of this season certainly suggests that we’re moving in that direction,” he said, referencing the season 6 finale twist in which the last scene was set three years in the future.

The final season was not given a premiere date in the announcement of the 2014-15 schedule, and NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement that the show would be held for midseason.

Debuting in the spring of 2009, Parks and Recreation got off to a lukewarm start before making some creative adjustments (including the addition of Adam Scott and Rob Lowe) in season 2 that helped propel the show onto critics’ Top 10 lists and cultivate a passionate fan base. The charming and clever mockuseries was nominated for the Outstanding Comedy Series Emmy in 2011, and Poehler took home a Golden Globe for her role as the ever-optimistic government employee Leslie Knope in January. The show also passed the 100th-episode milestone that month.

“We felt it was time to bring #ParksandRec to a close,” Schur tweeted this afternoon. “NBC has been nothing but supportive. A happy network TV story.”

NBC revealed today that Parenthood will enter its final season this fall as well.

 

 

 


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