COMEDY ON TV

On Thursday, NBC announced it would renew its Thursday night comedy lineup for the 2011-12 season.

“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Community” join “30 Rock,” all of which received the green light for next season from the network, with Brad Pitt rumoured to be keen to get involved in hosting.

Despite the upcoming departure of Steve Carell, who plays Dunder Mifflin boss Michael Scott, “The Office” has been a consistent powerhouse in NBC’s lineup. The mockumentary comedy hosts one of the better ensemble casts on TV and always is entertaining.

It’s unclear if ratings for the show will take a hit after losing Carell, but much of that is in the hands of the viewers — if viewers can stomach a new boss taking over for the good-natured but often offensive Scott, the show will be fine.

John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer, who star as Jim and Pam Halpert, still have an interesting dynamic after seven seasons of the show based in Scranton, Pa. Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms and Craig Robinson also bring strong supporting roles to the show, which will be critical moving forward.