The seventh and final season of "Parks and Recreation" finally has an official premiere date -- and a date for its series finale, too.
Season seven of the beloved NBC comedy will kick off on January 13, two days after "Parks" star Amy Poehler hosts the Golden Globes on the network alongside BFF Tina Fey. The show will air back-to-back episodes on Tuesday nights -- at 8:00 and 8:30 -- for the remainder of its run, with a one-hour series finale planned for February 24.
"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 a statement. "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."
While it's a bummer that the episodes are essentially getting the burnoff treatment -- rather than play out over a full 13 weeks -- we're glad that NBC decided to grant "Parks" a seventh season in the first place. We'll be eagerly awaiting the season premiere, and stocking up on tissues for the series finale.
The seventh season of "Parks and Recreation" -- featuring a host of returning guest stars including Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe, Jon Hamm, Megan Mullally, and Natalie Morales -- debuts on NBC on Tuesday, January 13 at 8 p.m.
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