Community’s production company, Sony made a, “Save Community” reel encouraging people to watch it live this Thursday night, which is the season finale and possible series finale of the show. The show, as all fans know has had its series of ups and downs. It barely got a 4th season, lost its showwunner/creator, and it’s biggest star departed the show near the end of shooting season 3. Like the network it airs on, the show has struggled for ratings for a while now, but this also creates an upside in that NBC is losing a lot of comedies this year with the ending of veteran shows like The Office and 30 Rock. It’s also struggled with new comedies with Animal Practice, The New Normal, 1600 Penn, Up All Night, and Whitney all either being cancelled or looking like longshots for renewal, NBC needs some comedy winners to fill it’s dominant Thursday night comedy timeslot. Community has a small but loyal following and their enthusiasm is one of the few things the network has going for it at the moment. So if you like Community, watch it live this Thursday. Or all the animated web .gifs, #sixseasonsandamovie hashtags, and Alison Brie fanpages are all going to go away. Which I’m pretty sure at this point make up at least 65% of all the content on the Internet.
After the long wait, a false start, the departure of creator/showrunner Dan Harmon, as well as Chevy Chase, Season 4 of Community is finally scheduled to premiere tonight. It’s the much-touted Hunger Games inspired episode and when Chevy Chase isn’t trying to fight Joel McHale there might be some fireworks flying on screen. Watch the epic trailer, learn some neat facts, and return to Greendale tonight on NBC at 8pm. Read the rest of this entry
This is something that could really take off with the diehard Community fans out there. Oh and we know they are legion. LA City College, the place where many of the exteriors shots for the show were taken, will play host to CommuniCon! A weekend gathering for fans of the TV show (which returns to TV February 7th) to rally and, ya know, be fans of Greendale Community College and all those that make it sparkle.
Attendees will be able to participate in Community-themed activities including “Journey to the Center of Harkthorne” video game demos, costume contests, panels, and trivia contests. Oh yeah, and they’re going to hand Dan Harmon, the show’s creator and recently ousted showrunner a microphone. Read the rest of this entry
Community, Community, Community… you’ve been through a lot this past year. Renewal woes, changing up of your showrunner/creator, up and down relationships with Chevy Chase whose been very vocal about his character’s direction, delayed season premieres…
Well it appears that Chase and the new showrunners have come to a mutual agreement that he will depart the show effective immediately. Most of season 4 of the show has been shot already including the finale so his departure might not be addressed in season 4 at all. The show is also shaky on ratings and perennially on the cancellation bubble so there’s also the chance that his departure is never address if there’s no season 5. Read the rest of this entry
October 19th was supposed to mark the season premiere of Community but at the last minute NBC delayed the show’s return. So rather than leave their fans high a dry, the cast of the show, anchored by Donald Glover’s Troy and Danny Pudi’s Abed decided to give us all an update as to what October 19th really means. It’s a state of mind and heart more than anything else. There’s also a dig at the recently-cancelled Animal Practice which shares the same monkey actor. Yes I just used the term “monkey actor” in a sentence. My 6th grade English teacher just got the chills somewhere.
…but it’s not because the network is continuing the death rattle of the beloved Greendale crew.
The peacock network is delaying the premiere of Community because they’d like to “keep their promotional strength on their new NBC shows scheduled Monday through Wednesday.” NBC also stated, “Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week — plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.”
What this means is basically NBC’s new sitcoms, Animal Practice and Guys with Kids are struggling in the ratings. It also means that if they decide to remove those shows from their schedule earlier in the week, Community and Whitney might have a chance on a night that’s not the Friday night graveyard or the Thursday night slugfest.
It’s looking like Donald Glover is working on a fallback plan in case this is indeed the final season of Community. Glover is working with the folks at NBC to develop a sitcom with 30 Rockco-executive producer Matt Hubbard, whom Glover met during his stint as a writer on 30 Rock.
Word on the street is that NBC has already committed to the project and close to sealing a deal for the pilot which Glover will also star in and have the theme be loosely based on the comedian/rapper/ex-football player turned AC repairman. Read the rest of this entry
- Community will parody The Hunger Games in its season premiere. [EW]
- Lose some hours of your day with a Facebook group, “Passed Out Juggalos”. [Uproxx]
- John Mulaney talks about Clint Eastwood’s RNC speech. [Huffington Post]
- Nick Offerman did a Reddit AMA. [Reddit]
- Happy Birthday Adam Sandler. [The Laugh Factory Tumblr]
- Comedy super couple, Amy and Will are no longer but we now have Colbie and Taran. [EW]