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NBC has announced the schedule for Parks and Recreation‘s final season, and it’s quite a bit different than fans were anticipating, leading to the belief that the network is looking to rush the critically acclaimed series out the door.
The comedy, which has enjoyed critical but not commercial success, will make the move from Thursday nights to Tuesdays when it returns for its final run of 13 episodes on January 13th, 2015. But instead of giving viewers 13 weeks to experience the final season, NBC will be burning off two episodes of Parks and Rec each week, leading up to the series’ hour long finale on February 24.
Of course, NBC is touting this as “a sendoff that will maximize the show’s cultural impact,” but looking at the fast-paced schedule, it’s hard to take such a statement serious. Considering the current state of NBC’s comedy line-up (which saw the network pass on Tina Fey’s new series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, only to have Netflix scoop it up for a guaranteed two season commitment), it’s not all that shocking to see NBC abandoning one of its only critically beloved shows in such a fashion.