'Parenthood' receives second season order

NBC family dramedy performing solidly on Tuesday nights

NBC has picked up its freshman drama "Parenthood" for a second season.

The pickup was expected as the family dramedy has performed well on Tuesday nights. Its performance gives NBC a post-"Leno Show" victory in the 10 p.m. time period that it wrote off last year. Along with Thursday comedy "Community," this marks the second scripted freshman series on NBC to receive a renewal.

"To get two out of this year is very positive for us and we feel the shows are true to the brand," said NBC primetime president Angela Bromstad. "Creatively we feel very good about showrunner Jason Katims and the cast. It would be tragic if this type of show didn't work on network television."

With DVR data added, "Parenthood" has averaged a 3.2 rating in the adult demo and in recent weeks has rivaled CBS' "The Good Wife" among young adults.

NBC still has a couple major titles on the bubble for renewal -- namely "Chuck" and "Heroes" -- but sources indicate both will probably return, with "Heroes" likely receiving a 13-episode "final season" order.

"It is all yet to be debated," Bromstad said. "Both of those shows make sense with the new shows we'll be bringing on."
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