'The Office,' '30 Rock,' 'Community' picked up for 2010-11

nbc-comedies-320.jpgNBC has picked up its Thursday-night comedies "Community," "The Office" and "30 Rock" for the 2010-11 season.

The three shows join the previously renewed "Parks and Recreation" and presumably means that the Thursday comedy block will remain intact next fall.  

"We are happy to give these early pickups to these critically acclaimed, incredibly funny comedies," NBC Entertainment president Angela Bromstad says. "As a result, we look forward to continuing our rewarding partnership with the respective creative teams and talented showrunners."

NBC is making a bet on creative quality rather than big ratings with the pickups. "The Office" is a top-15 show in the adults 18-49 demographic (and averages 9.4 million viewers), but the others aren't exactly breakout hits. The Emmy-winning "30 Rock" draws 6.9 million viewers and a 3.4 rating in the demo (it's also the most "upscale" comedy on network TV, NBC notes -- meaning it has a high concentration of fans with six-figure incomes). "Community" (5.9 million, 2.7 in the demo) and "Parks and Rec" (5.2 million, 2.4) are farther down the ratings.

The four comedies join a number of early pickups across the network landscape. Other shows already renewed for next fall are ABC's "Cougar Town," "The Middle" and "Modern Family"; CBS' "The Good Wife" and "NCIS: Los Angeles"; FOX's "Glee" and "The Cleveland Show"; and The CW's "90210," "America's Next Top Model," "Gossip Girl," "Supernatural," "Smallville" and "The Vampire Diaries."

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