NBC Renews Community for a Shortened Season 4

By Tim Surette

May 11, 2012

It may not be #sixseasonsandamovie, but #threeandahalfseasonsandalunchbox is better than nothing. NBC has made the decision to renew Community for a fourth season, according to multiple reports, but it comes with a catch: only 13 episodes.

Earlier today, NBC renewed 30 Rock for a 13-episode final season, falling in line with rumors that the network would hand out shortened seasons to returning comedies. These moves will allow NBC to cycle through twice as many comedies in an attempt to establish a solid comedy block of the future and take hold of Thursdays again. But it also means we won't get as much Troy, Abed, Jeff, Annie, Britta, Shirley, Pierce, Craig, Ben, and Fat Neil.

Let's not bemoan the short order just yet. If anything, we should be sending NBC a bowl of olives for the bathroom. Despite its vocal fan base, Community didn't put up numbers that warranted an extra season. But NBC knew fans would riot, and with the new Comcast regime firmly in place, the renewal seems more like a smart public relations move than anything else.

Let's not let Community end at 13 episodes, though. Let's show NBC that it deserves a back nine order, a fifth season, and a sixth season after that. We do that by spreading the word, using this thing called the internet, buying the DVDs or iTunes episodes, and nagging NBC as often as we can. Then we'll talk movie.

Congratulations, Community. Now I can finally exhale.

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  • JamesLeyva Aug 09, 2012

    my only question is what will happen if jeff is only planning on being at the school for 4 years?

  • skdevore Aug 06, 2012

    LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE L O V E COMMUNITY!!!! Such a smart, funny, unpredictable show!! We need more of these kind of shows on network comedy. Not all shock value and sex, really clever stuff! That's Community! Keep it coming NBC!

  • AmrSaadEldien Jun 01, 2012

    am so glad community is not over

  • MelissaBeale May 15, 2012

    Iv'e only just discovered Community. Season 6 of Psych was finished and I was at a loss and much like Abed with Inspector Space-Time, it became my new favorite show. I blazed through all 3 seasons in a week. I am just glad that they will at least get more episodes and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for six seasons and a movie!

  • Fanaticalistic Jul 10, 2012

    Oh my god. How are you alive!? That happened to me too. I finished Psych Season 6, hear about Community, and start watching that! :D

  • nexpose May 14, 2012

    I wonder with a shorter season will they start in January or is it already set for a fall release? I hope fall since then we have hope for an extension.

  • dragonslayer168 May 14, 2012

    Just got Season 2 of Community yesterday. It will live!

  • wolves4eva14 May 13, 2012

    Cool, Cool, Cool.

    Best news i've heard this week!

  • LeePierce May 13, 2012

    I think you mean Chang and Dean, not Craig and Ben.

  • JT_Kirk May 13, 2012

    Yes! NBC realized they have no reserves and have to keep anything with a loyal audience! I bet Community gets extended to 16 when NBC tries another sitcom in their timeslot and it equally eats it (see 30 Rock this last year) and someone at NBC reminds them that their ratings are just awful no matter what they put there, so a loyal audience is better than an angry and confused one.

  • Gold_Ruby May 13, 2012

    Parks and Rec news??

  • GHOST_DOG_DMC May 13, 2012

    Renewed for full season.

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