Well, Parks and Recreation fans, it looks like this might be the show’s final year. First there was news that Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe were jumping ship and now TV Line is reporting that the next three episodes (including a “Halloween themed outing on Oct. 31”) will be pre-empted by The Voice and a holiday-themed, Saturday Night Live special.
According to TV Line, “NBC will catch-up Parks and Rec fans with back to back episodes on Nov. 14 and 21”, however, the show may not appear on the schedule again until- possibly – Jan. 9, 2014. NBC’s inconsistent scheduling and decision to hastily burn-out blocks of new episodes strongly indicates that Parks and Recreation’s cancellation is imminent.
However, if the show is cancelled it couldn’t have happened at a better time. Jones’ Ann Perkins kept Parks and Recreation grounded in reality and the show will never be the same without her. Additionally, the loss of Chris Pratt to Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie has robbed Parks and Recreation of its funnier more quotable moments.
On the other hand, NBC is still struggling in the ratings and as Community has taught us, a familiar show with a small but guaranteed audience is better than an unfamiliar show with no guaranteed audience. So there is a possibility that NBC could stick with Parks and Recreation for at least a little while longer. But in the meantime, Parks and Recreation’s future doesn’t look very bright.