NBC Boss: "Community Will Be Back"

By Tim Surette

Jan 06, 2012

Keep fighting, champions of Greendale. The war is not over. Community (the winner of TV.com's Best of 2011 award for Best Overall Series) may have been bumped from NBC's midseason schedule, but it will be back to finish out Season 3, says NBC chieftain Bob Greenblatt.

"I want to dispel any notion that [Community is] just quietly disappearing from the schedule," Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour today. "I failed to explicitly say it will be back." It's true. When Community was unceremoniously shoved off NBC's plan in November, little was said about the show's fate except that it would return at a later time. But as anyone in the TV industry knows, the standard PR game is to calm fears now and worry about the truth later.

Greenblatt's promise should soothe fans of the NBC comedy, and he insists the show will return later this spring. But as for a Season 4? This is where it gets tricky. When asked, Greenblatt was non-committal: "Fourth season, I don't know. Those are really hard questions to answer at this point." That can be taken one of two ways. Either the new boss is learning that being honest sometimes means being vague, or he's intentionally being vague because he already knows the answer and doesn't want to start a sh*tstorm during what is his network's time in the limelight.

"I'm really curious to see what something else will do [in Community's time slot]," he added. "We have a really tight schedule with comedies."

So there you have it, Community fans. Good news: it's coming back. Bad news: Season 4 still is very much up in the air.

Additional reporting by Louis Peitzman.


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  • JaclynBarnes Feb 20, 2012

    I used to look forward to my comedy Thursdays on NBC. Community was the kickoff. But now with Steve Carrell gone on the Office and Community gone and possibly about to be cancelled, it just feels depressing. I dont like 30Rock, sorry. I know its won many awards but it just doesnt make me laugh the way Parks and Rec, Community, and The Office used to. I think if NBC keeps trashing what works they are going to wind up with regrets.

  • andyphantom9 Feb 03, 2012

    six seasons and a movie!

  • KalHamad Jan 24, 2012

    to me, Community is the best comedy on TV right now and its a shame to see a show that good not to be appreciated. it happened once with Arrested Development and i really hope it doesnt happen with Community

  • JedTaylor1 Jan 23, 2012

    One positive thought though: Sony owns Community, Sony has been known to sell shows to networks EXTREMELY cheap, as long as it gets them close to syndication. Community WOULD be at that if renewed for a fourth season, so it seems very possible that Sony gives NBC Community for pennies....

  • terminaltrip421 Jan 21, 2012

    wasn't there a "if you had to cancel one of nbc's 5 thursday night comedies, which would it be?" post. considering what greenblatt's said, I myself feel like I should consider it. I am a fan of all 5 and i don't think community's the one i'd choose to see canceled.

  • Foxresidence Jan 14, 2012

    I agree - not entirely happily - with the Arrested Development comparison, though you would hope tv "professionals" would recognize excellence and long-term value. But sadly, not many people are ever smart enough to recognize true genius in its lifetime anyway, witness 2010 elections! It's far easier to see the herd rushing to the big(ger) boobed blonde ditz and 4 geeks sniffing after her than to imagine large groups of American audience laughing out loud at thinly veiled references to schadenfreude:) But we can hope and shout and maybe enough people who want to think while thy laugh will ultimately come through... Maybe this is the beginning of a new model where people using new media actually get old school metrics and thinking to finally see to the changing landscape of viewership and it's worth. I can dream but [turns to Greenblatt], you're still the worst.

  • zowiedied1 Jan 11, 2012

    Concerning the smoldering brunette and the smoking hot blonde. Been watching Community for 3 years because of them and still don't know either of their names on or off the show and don't care. They need to develop those two a LOT more. Remember the episode when the blonde was a Lesbian? The show is clever but I guarantee it only stayed on the air this long because of them. Develop them more or the show is dead. They should have moved in together a LONG time ago.

  • BrittaBot Jan 21, 2012

    YOU'VE WATCHED A SHOW FOR THREE SEASONS TO STARE AT TWO WOMEN'S BODIES AND HAVEN'T EVEN LEARNT THEIR NAMES!!!???? That's what I find disturbing and crazy! Your like some half-animal, half-caveman that only follows his... animal urges... The fact that you don't know they're names suggests that if one of them did develop by your standards, you probably wouldn't notice unless they turned into a man or something! Creeeeeeppppppy!

  • KunleAkinpelu Feb 14, 2012

    lol you even sound like Britta

  • lavvydatvadikt Jan 09, 2012

    Please, please, please don't cancel Community!!!

  • peetabreads Jan 08, 2012

    Mr. Greenblatt I have your solution: cancel Whitney, Are You There Chelsea, The Apprentice, Grimm, and half of your failed dramas... That'll surely open up a timeslot for Community, which has a more loyal following/better critics reviews than any of the above shows do.

  • peetabreads Jan 08, 2012

    Mr. Greenblatt I have your solution: cancel Whitney, Are You There Chelsea, The Apprentice, Grimm, and half of your failed dramas... That'll surely open up a timeslot for Community, which has a more loyal following/better critics reviews than any of the above shows do.

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