Ever since the news hit back in November (which we reported on here) that NBC’s Thursday night comedy series Community would not be returning to the network’s mid-season line-up, the development has sent major shock waves throughout the online community, including many devoted (and now seriously pissed off) fans of the show.
The network’s decision to pull Community until an indeterminate date created a groundswell of support for the show, leading some of the higher-ups at the Peacock to wonder if they had made a tragic mistake, and I mean a tragic mistake that makes 2009’s Jay Leno Show fiasco look like a minor inconvenience. In a recent interview, the ratings-starved network’s Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt said the show will return.
“Community is coming back. We just had to get some stuff moved around for midseason, but itâ€™s not going anywhere. I canâ€™t say anything about next season yet, but the fact that people think itâ€™s gone â€¦ I need to fix that.”
While this is hardly a rock-solid confirmation that the show will continue to endure for years to come, or at the very least one more season, it’s a somewhat positive sign that while Community may be down for the moment, it’s not out yet. I would hate to see the show come to a premature end just as it’s starting to realize its potential, especially since I just got into Community only a few weeks before the third season premiere. It has become my favorite network TV comedy since Everybody Loves Raymond ended and every episode is a joy to behold. Plus the Dan Harmon-created show is the best use of Chevy Chase‘s still-viable comedic talents since National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
Until Community returns I will busy myself filling the comedic hole in my soul by getting into shows like Bored to Death, Wonder Showzen, and Portlandia.