NBC has decided not to waste any more time before letting you know when you are going to be able to head back to Pawnee: The seventh and final season of “Parks and Recreation” will begin airing on Tuesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
Ultimately, though, this is not a show that will be on for an extensive period of time. New episodes will air back-to-back every week, at least until the show concludes with a one-hour series finale on February 24, which is going to come on after “The Voice” at a special time. There are going to be some who understandably feel almost like this is a schedule burn-off, but hopefully, there will also be some others who think that this is NBC just burning the show off, and maybe it is. However, it’s not like any comedy is really doing a whole lot better. We see this mostly as a way for them to fill a hole in their schedule with a show that at least has a dedicated audience. If it was a complete burn-off, it wouldn’t be on during the February sweeps.
In a statement confirming the news, the network’s programming head Robert Greenblatt had the following to say:
“Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we’re inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation … In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to ‘eventize’ the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level. The highly anticipated one-hour finale will air behind The Voice in order to lead the largest audience possible into what promises to be a very special hour of television.”
The same regular cast from the end of last season will return for the final episodes, and you are also going to get a chance to see many returning favorites, including Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones for at least one episode.
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