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NBC gives '30 Rock' one final season, switches up show line-up

NBC has renewed popular comedy "30 Rock" for one more shortened season, and trims "Community's" season as well.
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Actors Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin and the cast of "30 Rock" attend the "30 Rock" 100th Episode Celebration at Silver Cup Studios on March 10, 2011 in the Queens borough of New York City. The show will enter its final season this fall. ( Jemal Countess/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — NBC is saying goodbye to beloved comedy "30 Rock," signing the show for one final 13-episode season, TV Guide reported

"Community," another Thursday night comedy, is also getting a shortened fourth season, though it will not be its last despite the circulating rumors, the Washington Post's Celibritology blog reported.

Other NBC shows being renewed include "Whitney" and "Up All Night," Deadline reported. "Parks & Recreation," is also expected to get a similar offer, but the network has yet to make that official, Variety reported

Also not renewed yet is “The Office,” according to the Post. 

"30 Rock" star and creator Tina Fey did not deny talk that the show, which spoofs itself and the actual network it appears on, was ending. 

"The end of the show ... is visible on the horizon," Fey said when she appeared on The View, according to TV Guide. 

The comedy's ratings have been weaker recently, with its recent finale drawing 3.04 million viewers, down from the Season 6 premiere's 4.47 million viewers, according to TV Guide. 

More from GlobalPost: Alec Baldwin tweets he might be leaving NBC

So how is 30 Rock's cast taking the news? 

Alec Baldwin, who has hinted that he may leave NBC in the past, said in a short-and-sweet tweet "the end is nigh."

As for Tina Fey, the show's creator has high hopes for the final season, she told the Hollywood Reporter

"Mostly it's a matter of the kind of bucket lists I have in my head is people that we've had on that we love and want to bring back," Fey told the Reporter. "I would love to find a way to bring Michael Sheen's character back at one point, or Michael Benjamin Washington, who plays Tracy's non-son Donald Jordan, that guy is just so funny to me. Obviously we always try at least once a year to bring Dennis Duffy back. So it's more like, what personnel do we want to re-visit than other story lines?"

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