A few days back, the news came that Dan Harmon‘s Community had been renewed for a fourth season and everyone rejoiced. This latest bit of news may cool a bit of that rejoicing.
Over the weekend NBC announced a move in their fall schedule, shifting Community from Thursdays to the Friday night death slot where shows go to die — this despite the slight ratings boost the show has enjoyed since coming back from hiatus.
Ready for more troubling news? Show runner Dan Harmon and star Chevy Chase have not yet signed on to return. As to whether or not their status is related to their behind-the-scenes feud, and words said by Chevy at the season three wrap party remains to be seen.
Going back to the schedule switch, NBC president Robert Greenblatt insists that the move is perfect for the show, (you know, if you want to kill it completely):
“The show has its faithful audience and they will follow it to the ends of the Earth. And I really wanted to do something to invigorate Friday because we love Grimm. So I thought, let’s move a show where the audience will move with it. I actually look at the positive side of it, although no good deed goes unpunished.”
According to Greenblatt, a deal could be struck for Harmon’s return soon:
“Those conversations are happening as we speak, I guess what I would say is … I expect Dan’s voice to be part of the show somehow. I’m just not sure exactly if that means him running it day to day or consulting on it.”
Harmon spoke up about where he stands on season four, via twitter “Guys, if I ‘didn’t come back,’ it wouldn’t be because Chevy’s a prick. That’d be like punching a wall because water’s wet. Now CELEBRATE!”
At least he’s being honest about his feelings and yes, fans should celebrate. It is hard however, knowing that the creator of a fan favorite show might not be coming back to lead it’s production. We’ll keep you posted as this develops, until then rejoice at half speed, you know, just in case.