12:41pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Parks and Recreation' Nabs Tuesday Slot, Gets Seven-Week Burn-Off
NBC is making an event out of the seventh and final season of Parks and Recreation.
The Amy Poehler comedy will return to the network's schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 13, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m., replacing The Voice.
The comedy from executive producers Mike Schur and Greg Daniels will air back-to-back episodes for seven weeks leading to its hourlong series finale on Feb. 24 following The Voice.
"Mike Schur and Amy Poehler, along with their incredible producers, cast and crew, have given us one of the great television comedies of all time, and we're inordinately proud of Parks and Recreation," said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. "In an effort to give it the send-off it deserves, we wanted to 'eventize' the final season to maximize the impact of these episodes, which really do take the show to a new level. The highly anticipated one-hour finale will air behind The Voice in order to lead the largest audience possible into what promises to be a very special hour of television."
The comedy's return — set for two days after Poehler and Tina Fey co-host the Golden Globe Awards — comes as NBC is focusing on drama with its midseason schedule.
NBC recently moved the Fey-produced comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Netflix and dropped half-hour Mission Control. Ellen DeGeneres-produced lesbian comedy One Big Happy and Craig Robinson's Mr. Robinson have yet to be scheduled.