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Parks & Rec renewed

But Rhys Darby show dropped in flurry of US commissioning news

NBC has given the green light to a sixth season of Parks and Recreation, in a busy day for US commissions – and cancellations.

Another 22 episodes of the sitcom, recently imported by BBC Four, have been ordered. The news comes as little surprise as the show is the network’s second highest rated comedy behind The Office, which comes to an end this series,

Parks & Rec co-creator Mike Schur has another reason to celebrate, as his pilot Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been picked up by Fox. Set in a police precinct, Andy Samberg from BBC Three’s Cuckoo plays the lead detective.

But Rhys Darby’s sitcom Keep Calm and Karey On is not to be picked up following a pilot, the Deadline website reports.. He played the husband of Kelly Preston’ lead character, the only honest woman in a family of ‘petty thieves, drug addicts, and narcissists but the ABC network passed on the idea

An American version of Sky1’s sitcom The Gates, about parents on the school run, has also hit the buffers. NBC has rejected that pilot, which had been renamed The Gates

But picked up were:

About A Boy (NBC): Adapted from the Nick Hornby book and Hugh Grant movie of the same name

Enlisted (Fox): About three brohters working together on a Florida Army base

Family Guide (NBC): About a a kid dealing with life after the divorce of his blind father and fun-loving mother, this has been executive produced by Arrested Development star Jason Bateman

The Michael J Fox Show (NBC): Inspired by the actor’s life dealing with Parkinson’s disease

Sean Saves The Day (NBC): Starring Sean Hayes, best known as Jack from Will & Grace, as the father of a 14-year-old daughter.

Surviving Jack (Fox): A coming-of-age comedy based on the book I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern (author of the Twitter feed Shit My Dad Says)

As Chortle reported yesterday, the US version of Gavin & Stacey, retitled Us & Them, has been commissioned, as has Seth MacFarlane’s live-action sitcom Dads, starring Seth Green.

The flurry of commission activity comes as the networks prepare to present their autumn schedules to advertisers.

Posted: 10 May 2013

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