'Parks and Rec' Season 7 Likely as Amy Poehler Inks Overall Deal, Lands Comedy Pilot Order
The Golden Globe winner will co-create and executive produce the comedy starring Natasha Lyonne as NBC entertainment topper Bob Greenblatt "goes out on a limb" and says "Parks and Recreation" will return for a seventh season.
NBC is expanding its relationship with Amy Poehler.
The network has inked the newly minted Golden Globe winner to a three-year overall deal and greenlit a comedy pilot starring Orange Is the New Black's Natasha Lyonne.
The untitled comedy was co-created by the Parks and Recreation star, who also will executive produce. Lyonne will star in the project known as Old Soul and play a woman who is trying to find herself and, in the meantime, working as the aide to a group of elderly people.
The comedy hails from Universal Television, Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts. Poehler will exec produce alongside Dave Becky and Happy Endings duo Jonathan Fener and Josh Bycel, the latter two of whom will pen the script.
The pilot order caps a banner week for Poehler, who took home her first Golden Globe win for her starring role in NBC's critical darling Parks and Recreation. That series was one of only two comedies to return to NBC's lineup for the 2013-14 season. Globes host Poehler, with friend and former Saturday Night Live co-star Tina Fey, also are set to return to oversee the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's big ceremony next year.
Meanwhile, NBC entertainment president Bob Greenblatt used the Television Critics Association stage to "go out on a limb" and say Parks and Recreation "will return for a seventh season." His comments came after the executive said the series, which recently celebrated its 100th episode, had a "bullish" future, placing its odds at 50-50 for a seventh-season renewal.
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