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NBC Renews Parenthood & 30 Rock

May 10, 2012

30 Rock’s Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin in a knock-off of The Honeymooners during the season 6 live episode.

Today was a good day for good television. Not only did TBS rescue Cougar Town from the chopping block over at ABC, but NBC just renewed Parenthood and 30 Rock. That’s three of the best shows on TV. (Two others, Fringe and Southland, were recently renewed as well, showing that quality sometimes really does trump quantity). Now, we only have Community and Parks and Recreation to worry about in terms of  the good stuff being saved for at least one more year.

The 30 Rock renewal is for a series-closing 13-episode seventh season. The comedy, which has amassed 6 Golden Globes, 14 Emmys, 8 Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, 6 Writer’s Guild Awards and a Peabody (literally, to name a few), has abysmal ratings, but is regarded as one of the best over-all series in the history of television. From writing to acting to production, the show seems to do it all and to do it all well. With the exception of pulling in viewers. NBC has stuck with it, so they get a round of applause for knowing good TV when they see it even if the bulk of the rest of their schedule doesn’t validate what I just wrote.

In Parenthood’s 3rd season finale, youngest Braverman Crosby married on-again, off-again, on-again love Jasmine.

Parenthood, on the other hand, never wins awards despite having a stellar cast that includes the likes of Lauren Graham, Peter Krause and Mae Whitfield, writing that is way more intelligent that you would expect from a TV show derived from a twenty-something year old Steve Martin movie and a realness that is rarely captured on film. Parenthood also is NBC’s second-highest rated drama behind the much noisier Smash, not that that is saying a lot, with NBC’s rating across the board being in the tank.

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