‘Fashion Star,’ ‘The Office,’ and ‘Parks and Recreation’ renewed by NBC

More "Fashion" is on the way.

Are you ready for a surprise? Despite it posting some ratings that are on the lower end of the spectrum for this past season, “Fashion Star” is going to be back for another season on NBC. The network made a decision on season 2 Friday — a move that may in part be due to the lower cost of making this show compared to others. (In addition, we have a feeling the clothing retailers featured on the show may also be helping out on some sort of financial level.)

It also looks like NBC is going to have a pretty large slate of comedies set for the new TV season. “Community” is already coming back along with “30 Rock,” and now the network has announced that “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” and “Up All Night” are all coming back along with “Whitney” — yes, you heard that last part correctly.

When you remember that the network has also renewed a rather giant slate of new comedies, there really is only one answer we can think of to the question as to why all of this is happening — in an effort to try out more shows and differentiate itself, NBC may be opting to try out a strategy that their head Robert Greenblatt knows well courtesy of cable. Instead of airing 22-episodes of shows that are gambles, why not try out a large group of shows for 13, see what works out, and then figure it out from there? The idea gives viewers more options, and also enables more longtime favorites like “Parks” and “Community” to return.

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