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The winter edition of the Television Critics Association Press Tour is currently underway. It’s a chance for TV critics from print, web and TV to get a look at the new year’s offerings from many of the network and cable channels. One of the first ones up on this tour was NBC, a network for whom this truly is both the best of times and the worst of times. It’s the best because NBC finished number one this fall in the 18-49 demographic purely on the back of Sunday Night Football and The Voice, but at least one of those things they won’t have in the spring.

But what they will have, as of February, is the fourth season of Community. Now fans are understandably concerned about their favorite community college-based cast of weirdos and eccentrics having lost creator Dan Harmon in the off season and being barely renewed for a short, 13-episode season that was pushed back from a fall launch date. So it was put to NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, is there any hope for a fifth season of Community?

“We’re absolutely hopeful it will lead to a fifth season,” Greenblatt said (via Deadline). “I’d love nothing more than to see it continue.” As to whether or not fans will notice a big difference in the transfer of power from Harmon to new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, he added, ““I think you’ll see relatively the same show that you did before, maybe with a little bit more heart built into it.”

Greenblatt also commented on another Community controversy, the rather loud exit by Chevy Chase late last year. “Actors come and go on a lot of shows and this is a big ensemble,” he said. “I don’t think that’s going to be a big negative about the future of the show.”

As to another NBC show that might have developed a cult following had it made it to series and not been unceremoniously dumped on the air the Friday before Halloween, Greenblatt talked about why his network didn’t pick up Bryan Fuller’s Mockingbird Lane.

“We just decided that it didn’t hold together well enough to yield a series,” explained Greenblatt. “It looked beautiful and original and creative, but it just all ultimately didn’t come together…, it just didn’t ultimately creatively all work.”

Still, the chairman had nothing but love for the cast of the show. “We felt great about [Jerry O’Connell as family patriarch Herman Munster, Portia de Rossi as his wife Lily, Eddie Izzard as Grandpa, and Charity Wakefield as cousin Marilyn],” he added. “But we tried to make it not just a sitcom. We tried to make it an hour, which ultimately has more dramatic weight than a half-hour. It’s hard to calibrate how much weirdness vs. supernatural vs. family story. I just think we didn’t get the mix right.”

Community is back February 7 at 8 pm EST/PST. Mockingbird Lane will never be back.

Source: Screen Rant

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