Not exactly “New” news, but reassuring nonetheless.
NBC President Robert Greenblatt spoke at the Television Critic’s Association press tour yesterday, speaking out to fans of “Community” and “Law & Order: SVU”. The NBC Chief honestly opened by admitting that the channel had suffered through “a really bad fall” – and that’s certainly true. Their recent “Big Show” in development turned out to be the laughably-terrible “Wonder Woman” series which was scrapped before the pilot was aired, and at times it really felt like “Parks and Recreation” was carrying the network. The Comedy series “Community” was put on hiatus several months ago, and as someone who constantly praises the show, I was pretty devastated. Now, NBC was always going to air the full 22 episodes they ordered, but it’s nice to have some kind of actual confirmation.
Greenblatt said, on the fate of “Community”, that he wanted to “dispel any notion that it is quietly disappearing”, and stressed that “Community has not been cancelled. It will definitely be back this Spring”. Though he did add “I know there are many fans of the show in this room and I want you to keep writing about it” – so it seems the show is not totally safe just yet. So here I am. Writing about it. It’s good, man.
Series creator Dan Harmon recently stated on his blog that he holds a sensible optimism for the fate of the show, and series writer Megan Ganz appeared on Reddit today thanking the fans for all their support. Right now the fate of the show seems to be depending on the success of other shows on the channel (such as “Up All Night”, “Whitney” and “Smash”), so I must urge you; please don’t watch anything else on NBC. I’m kidding! But seriously, “Community”, people.