NBC Benched ‘Parks and Recreation’
Buried in a Friday news dump that announced the cancelations of Welcome to the Family and Ironside, NBC also quietly placed Parks and Recreation on hiatus. In fact, we’ll only get new episodes of Parks and Recreation for two weeks between now and January 9. The rest of the remainder of 2013 will be filled with other programs like The Voice, The Sing-Off and The Sound of Music. You have the art of song to blame for your Leslie Knope cravings.
The hiatus begins this week, when a repeat — a repeat! — of The Voice will preempt Parks and Recreation. Next week, NBC plans to air a Saturday Night Live Halloween clip show, despite Parks and Recreation’s long history of fantastic Halloween episodes. On Nov. 7, a live episode of The Voice extends into Parks and Rec’s time slot. Then, the show will be back with back-to-back episodes for two weeks, including the special Halloween/recall episode, which will air two weeks after Halloween. The show is then off the schedule again until January 9, when it will return to its old 8:30 time slot.
It’s pretty crappy treatment of Parks and Recreation, NBC’s longest-running comedy. Though the decision to hold Parks and Recreation is probably more about NBC’s new comedies, none of which are doing very well. Using a higher rated show, like The Voice as a lead-in could draw more eyes to Sean Saves the World, which could use a ratings boost.