Late on Friday, NBC announced a slew of schedule changes, as well as the cancellations of newbies Ironside and Welcome to the Family. Somewhat lost among all the shifting was this sad fact: Parks and Recreation is going on hiatus, effective immediately. …Unless NBC changes its mind, Parks will be back on January 9 in its new/old 8:30 p.m. time slot.
If you’re wondering why NBC is futzing with Parks, it’s actually pretty simple: The network desperately wants to get more viewers to sample 9 p.m. comedy Sean Saves the World. It’s betting that all of the special programming it’s planned for the 8 p.m. hour will do better than Parks, thus boosting Sean. It’s also a very clear sign than NBC, perhaps not unreasonably, has given up on the idea that Parks will ever grow its audience. What this doesn’t mean, at least not yet, is that this will be the final season for Parks. The failure, so far, of NBC’s new comedies means that the Peacock has not yet proven it can do better than Parks on Thursdays. That doesn’t mean NBC still won’t decide to move on, but for now, its comedy choices are pretty limited.”