I feel like I just got socks for Christmas. After waiting and waiting and waiting for October 19th, it finally came tonight — albeit 3 and a half months too late — and new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port did disappoint, delivering the AT&T of Community episodes.
They Britta’d it people, throwing a garbage pale full of pop culture crumbs at the screen in an effort to Harmon-ize the show. Honestly, I’m really glad that Guarascio and Port probably spent a weekend watching season 3 on Hulu a couple of days before they made this episode, but did they have to try and make this feel like a tribute collage?
There are movie references (The Hunger Games, an utter failure and inexplicably absent any mention of Starburns’ nefarious facial hair. Inexcusable.), an animated Muppet Babies segment, a mockery of laugh track sitcoms (at least, I think it was supposed to be mockery), and a well deserved attack on chunky glasses, because the show runners decided that they must die, even though they make girls look 9% hotter and they really pull my look together.
As for the viewer response, from what I saw on Twitter during the show, it was mixed. Some superfans seemed to take pleasure in seeing these characters again, but others were underwhelmed.
I feel bad for the superfans. I’ve come to “know” some of them online, a great group who worked tirelessly setting up flashmobs and other events like Communicon. These people have become a well-meaning cult that worships this show, and I mean that in the best sense, not the sense that implies some sort of mental defect. Frankly, they deserved better.
Personally, I think it was a poor imitation of a Community episode, and while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, the flattery part falls short when someone is living in your house, wearing your clothes, and trying to be you. And while I’ve finally accepted that Dan Harmon’s Community is dead, I do believe that this show can still live and be worthwhile if the producers stop trying to court fans with awkward poses and instead, try to make them laugh and put out a good TV show.
Right now though, I am skeptical that they’ll have the guts to push this show away from it’s comfort zone, even though episode 1 of this unfortunate experiment seems to indicate that they really can’t find that comfort zone with a flashlight, a map, and ample prayer.
It’s simple, Community gained attention for the impossibly intelligent way that it spoofed pop culture, but in the first episode of a new era, the show went unintentionally meta and spoofed it’s past self in the most in-artful way. So far, this is #ThreeSeasonsAndACatastrophe
– Um… everyone looked like they took care of themselves over the hiatus. That’s good, right?
– It was only 22 minutes long.
– Dan Harmon is working on 3 new TV shows.
– The end bit with Troy and Abed in drag made me contort my face and understand that this is the darkest timeline.
-Catatonic Abed was criminal and showed that the producers don’t get the magic of a character that is — arguably — the most important character on the show. This episode was written by Andy Bobrow, who also wrote “Basic Rocket Science” and “Pillows and Blankets”, proving that either he had a really bad week, or that Bobrow without Harmon is as worthless as saltines without Orangina. I really like Orangina. Harmon is Orangina, because that fizzy citrus drink makes everything better. I just killed this analogy, y’all.
– Dean Pelton and Jeff as almost-roomies. Hilarity shall not ensue.
Be sure to look out for this weeks episode of The Bastardcast, where I and Jeremy R! Hudson further examine this week’s episode of Community.
If you had any plans for this Thursday, break them. Unless of course your plan was to settle in with a few friends (preferably at least one that is a member of a Nielsen family) and watch the season premiere of Community. At long last the gang from Greendale return to our TV screens. Just to show they still care about the TV show, the suits over NBC decided to shell out some serious coin to produce this epic, cinematic feature film style trailer for the show they seem hellbent on ruining.
Wait, I told myself this wouldn’t be another “I hate NBC and love Dan Harmon” post. Well, to late now. Honestly I am going to give the new show-runners (David Guarascio and Moses Port) the benefit of the doubt and watch the show this Thursday with an open heart. If anything the following trailer shows they come out swinging as a lot of S#!t seems to be going down.
Chang turns over a new leaf? Abed abandons both hi-jinks and escapades? And what of poor Magnitude. Poor poor Magnitude.
This is clearly the most hackneyed time line (but I am still excited to watch it this Thursday night… did I mention that it season 4 of Community starts this Thursday? On NBC… check local listings.)
Source: Coming Soon
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.
Even with Dan Harmon‘s sudden exit from his creation, as well as the move to its new home on the Friday night “death slot”, NBC‘s Communityhas at least one glimmer of good news lately. Season four will see the return of the entire cast of the series.
According to Deadline, everyone will be back for the abbreviated fourth season of the comedic series, despite reports of some cast members moving on to new projects. Community premieres on October 19th, and will bring back series regulars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs in their return as the eclectic group of students from Greendale Community College. The only name not mentioned was Jim Rash – Dean Craig Pelton to the fans of the series – who may have yet to sign on.
Hopefully, Jim is only finishing the negotiations of his contract and we’ll see him again as well. New co-showrunners and executive producers David Guarascio and Moses Port will take over in this shortened 13 episode season produced by Sony Pictures Television. If this keeps up, fans may very well get their six seasons and a movie (fingers crossed).
And the bitch slapping of the NBC comedy line-up continues, with the upcoming season of Community looking to have taken the heaviest of shots once again.
Now that NBC has muscled out show creator Dan Harmon and wiggled in the team of David Guarascio and Moses Port, fans of the series are more then a bit worried. With a majority of the shortened season’s scripts already done, that still leaves areas where things need to be finished or rewritten according to Guarascio and Port. This alone makes people want to shy away from the series when it returns this September, and by September, I now mean October.
That’s right, according to the NBC’s Fall line-up via Deadline, Community is still slated for Friday nights, otherwise known as the “Friday night death slot.” Yet to add insult to injury NBC has pushed back the premiere of season 4 until mid-October alongside the sophomore sitcom Whitney. Check out the entire schedule yourself below:
Wednesday, August 8 “GO ON” (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)
Sunday, August 12 “ANIMAL PRACTICE” (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)
Wednesday, September 5 7:30-8:30 p.m. “NFL Kickoff Special 2012” (regular season) 8:30-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular season)
Sunday, September 9 7-8:15 p.m. “Football Night in America” (regular day and time) 8:15-11 p.m. “Sunday Night Football” (regular day and time)
Monday, September 10 8-10 p.m. “The Voice”
Tuesday, September 11 9-9:30 p.m. “GO ON” (time period premiere) 9:30-10 p.m. “THE NEW NORMAL” 10-11 p.m. “Parenthood”
Wednesday, September 12 10-10:30 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (sneak peek after penultimate “America’s Got Talent”)
Friday, Sept 14 9-10pm – “Grimm” (time period premiere)
Monday, September 17 10-11 p.m. “REVOLUTION”
Thursday, September 20 8:30-9 p.m. “Up All Night” 9-9:30 p.m. “The Office” 9:30-10 p.m. “Parks and Recreation”
Wednesday, September 26 8-8:30 p.m. “ANIMAL PRACTICE” (time period premiere) 8:30-9 p.m. “GUYS WITH KIDS” (time period premiere) 9-11 p.m. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (two-hour premiere)
Thursday, October 4 8-8:30 p.m. “30 Rock”
Wednesday, October 10 10-11 p.m. “CHICAGO FIRE”
Friday, October 19 8-8:30 p.m. “Whitney” 8:30-9 p.m. “Community”
Their allowing new shows like Go On (starring Matthew Perry) and Animal Practice to air special previews during the Summer 2012 Olympics and Joel McHale is being forced to be shown on television after a series starring a bloody monkey? Even the final season of 30 Rock is getting better treatment and it was forced to deal with Kim Kardashian, proving once and for all that the comedic series is dead and it all starts with Community.
Oh NBC, you crazy, crazy fools. My outrage over Dan Harmon‘s firing from Community is starting to fade – only a little – but it’s fading. Now I’m beginning to look to what comes next. What is Community‘s future? What cast members will return? What will they say when we ask them their opinion on Harmon’s unceremonious departure? We might never know what they really think because NBC has supplied them with this handy cheat sheet. Wow, aren’t they swell?
The Hollywood Reporter got a hold of this memo so we can read what the cast of Community thinks even before they have to tell us!
Why did Dan get let go from the show?
We’re not made aware of why staffing changes take place but I will always be grateful to Dan for his great work on the show and wish him only the best. We’re also excited that we’ll be back on NBC’s schedule in the fall and are looking forward to working on those episodes.
Were you aware that Dan was going to be let go?
No, that’s not something we’re consulted on. I’m sad to see him go but I am looking forward to starting our next 13 episodes of “Community.”
Did the studio or network consult with you about these changes?
No they didn’t but we’re looking forward to working with David Guarascio & Moses Port on a new season of Community.
What are their plans for the new season?
It’s a little early to say at this point but we’re looking forward the stories our characters will find themselves in come Sept.
Yup, those wouldn’t have come off as scripted and fake at all. Thankfully, Harmon isn’t beyond giving us his honest opinion on the matter, as he again took to his Tumblr,