As "Parks and Rec" fans know, that gives Swanson (Nick Offerman), the director of the parks and recreation department in Pawnee, Ind., another year to pursue his dual loves: Dark-haired women and breakfast food.
Surprise, early pickup came as NBC looked to lock in actors' schedules for "Parks and Rec." The comedy pulls relatively low numbers on Thursday -- averaging a 2.3 rating and 6 share among adults 18-49 -- but has earned critical raves this season, as the show has settled into a creative groove.
Great news for "Parks and Rec" exec producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur. "Parks and Rec" had an unusual launch: Daniels and Schur were originally tasked to produce a spinoff to "The Office" -- but changed course after snagging Poehler for a show. Then, production was delayed in order to accomodate Poehler's pregnancy.
As the show found its way, reviews were mixed in season one. But critics came around in season two -- with several scribes including the show on their "best of 2009" lists.
"When I announced the season 3 pick-up, Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman) literally ripped his shirt off. Buttons went everywhere. It was amazing," quipped Schur via his Twitter account.
Perhaps this calls for a celebration at Jurassic Fork (as played by Clifton's Cafeteria in Downtown Los Angeles).