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.