NBC Renews Community for a Shortened Season 4

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.


RELATED STORIES:
NBC Renews Parenthood, Orders a Final Season of 30 Rock
NBC Renews Law & Order: SVU


Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

Comments (115)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
my only question is what will happen if jeff is only planning on being at the school for 4 years?
1
Reply
Flag
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!
Reply
Flag
am so glad community is not over
Reply
Flag
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!
Reply
Flag
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
Reply
Flag
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.
Reply
Flag
Just got Season 2 of Community yesterday. It will live!
Reply
Flag
Cool, Cool, Cool.



Best news i've heard this week!
Reply
Flag
I think you mean Chang and Dean, not Craig and Ben.
Reply
Flag
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.
Reply
Flag
Parks and Rec news??
Reply
Flag
Renewed for full season.
Reply
Flag
"I brought life savers...wait...a dead battery."
Reply
Flag
"Troy & Abed in the morning...NIGHTS!"



So good.
Reply
Flag
YES! I'll only have to listen to Community fans ridiculous fanwankery for another year instead of several! Huzzah! -_-
Reply
Flag
If only there would be a way you wouldn't be *forced* to listen...

I'm so sorry for you :-/
Reply
Flag
Really hoping those 13 episodes are amazing and bring in some great ratings.
Reply
Flag
I hope the fanbase for TSC will be as strong. Hopefully, we can bring it back.
Reply
Flag
"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. "



Come on Tim, you know better than that! Networks don't do things to be nice or for public relations; they do it for the money. Community scored a syndication deal with Comedy Central but they were obviously going to need more episodes to reach an acceptable number for stripping. The production company lowered the cost enough to make it worthwhile for NBC to air with the plan of making up the cost via the syndication deal. It's just economics and no one really deserves a thank-you for doing something out of the kindness of their hearts. When you suggest otherwise, it leaves the viewing public misinformed that shows with atrocious ratings might be renewed or ratings winners might be canceled because someone at the network didn't like this or that plot twist or that signature campaigns can save a show from cancellation.
Reply
Flag
I'm just happy it's officially coming back for another season.
Reply
Flag
It should end next season, but I wish we got a full one.
Reply
Flag
Enjoyed the first couple of seasons but then it felt like they were trying too hard to impress the internet forum/blog types who like to repeat all the gags and catch phrases that they hear on the show. The characters also feel like they are getting a bit on the annoying side.



It's probably best that they end the show now so it can go out on a good note.
Reply
Flag
Seriously it needs to stop at 4 it's running it's course, they were lucky to get 4, be happy.
Reply
Flag
I agree it was getting kind of shady there for a minute. But don't think NBC can afford not to renew it is one of their better 30 minute sitcoms. With the dying of the office and other great hits why wouldn't they. I just hope they don't pull a My Name is Earl and not give it a proper send off.
Reply
Flag
my name is earl got the short end of the stick on that one they should have tried to give them a movie deal or something
Reply
Flag
So now we have to figure out a way to market Community. Everyone! Get your foam gotees ready! Time to put them in mailboxes!!
Reply
Flag
How can/shall people outside of the US help?
Reply
Flag
Riot like the rest of us.;)
Reply
Flag
This is my message to NBC:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzoPSV4ua94
Reply
Flag
Go to -> http://www.nbc.com/contact/general/?__status=1 to protest for community and other shows you like (Awake).
Reply
Flag
I can't believe I'm saying this-

Good work NBC. I can't wait until your Jimmy Fallon comedy fails and then you ask Community to save your asses. But for now, kudos.
Reply
Flag
It doesn't mention anywhere that it was renewed for a final season I think NBC is just being cautious. If their new stuff bombs then I think we might get a back nine order if season 4 pulls decent numbers.
Reply
Flag
Good news indeed! Even if it's a shortened season. Smart move by NBC. I should send them a bascet of Baggles :)



Now if NBC only renews Awake most of my wishes for tv-show renewal will be fulfilled.
Reply
Flag
Still better than nothing.

Too bad people don't realise how brilliant this show is.
Reply
Flag
"Despite its vocal fan base, Community didn't put up numbers that warranted an extra season."



This made me laugh. Fringe has a vocal fan base (ad nauseam). Community has a vocal TV.COM staff fan base, but I don't see that reflected in the general public.
Reply
Flag
Well said.
Reply
Flag
Not shocked at all. I knew it would be renewed. The only thing I'm shocked about it's the number of episodes, I thought they would get at least 17 more episodes to reach 88 total episodes, which has been the standard for reaching good syndication deals in the past few years...So I thought they would get a full season of at least 20 episodes, but I'm OK with 13. It can get a back 9...NBC ratings sucks and if it does relatively well ( 1.5 + )...and every else on NBC fails I'm confident we will get a back order of episodes. Nothing is written on stone.



As a fan: YAYYYYYYY :D
Reply
Flag
COMMUNITYYYYYY
1
Reply
Flag
Awesome, this is a start at the very least... These past few years with Community by my side have been awesome and thanks to this whole ordeal with the mid-season pause and the constant worry that they would cancel this Holy Grail (No, this is not an overstatement!) among tv-shows, I have realized the meaning of my life and that is to make sure that Community wont die before I do.. well making sure that we get our 6 seasons and finish it of with a movie!

I have already gotten a cuple of my closest friends to agree that when I die, naturally or otherwise, to stage it to look like a suicide action to keep it on air/bring it back!
Reply
Flag
the glass is half full ... a 13 episode season could mean the show ends in style...and I dont think a movie would be out of the question
Reply
Flag
Don't want to be a neg-head, but this season hasn't been as sharp as previous ones, and its been a while since I've laughed hard. The Chuck final season was great in places but generally limped towards the series finale. Hope that doesn't happen here.
Reply
Flag
Know what you mean, there have certainly been more average episodes this season. A shortened season could actually be the best thing for it as only the best ideas will make it.
Reply
Flag
I'm reeeeeeeeeeally happy it got renewed. Still holding out hope for more episodes though. Kind of hoping this will be like Chuck, which always was renewed for a thirteen episode order, but always (Except in the final season) got the back order.



Maybe someone should arrange a fan campaign where we beg for more episodes already now. The more support we show, the more likely we are to get to #sixseasonsandamovie.
Reply
Flag
Happy happy joy joy! I've never cared about the number of episodes per season. In the UK most shows run for 6 or 7 eps per season, so 13 more chances to see dean pelton's outfits, or a sneaky glimpse of Annie's boobs (see what I did there?) is a bonus. All i really want is closure. If executives make the decision to cancel a show, I feel they have an obligation to the fans and cast to make a one-off tie-up episode to bring it to conclusion.
Reply
Flag
thats better than cancelled , though I still prefer a whole season four! *puppy eyes* Please Please Please :D
Reply
Flag
Guys, I need help reacting to something.



Reply
Flag
Is anybody else as excited as I am that there was no mention of shortened FINAL season?? It is now up to us, peoples.
Reply
Flag
A slightly bitter-sweet decision. But I guess we should be thankful, 13 episodes more is better than nothing. It does feel pretty great to know that both Community and Fringe are coming back. However, I do wonder what will happen when they are both gone. It'll be the end of an era. What will I fill my life with then? Will I go completely off the rails without them? I guess I have to replace them with something, but what? Books? Knitting? Normal human relationships? Life will be pretty empty without them. More importantly, what the hell will happen to FringeFanatic?
Reply
Flag
not books, dude...dont do that to yourself
Reply
Flag
Start gathering paintballs for NBC
Reply
Flag
Better than nothing, it's still a victory.
Reply
Flag
Fantastic!
Reply
Flag
Only reason it doesn't do well is because of it's time slot. It goes up against TBBT and TVD. Put it on the all TV sucks night that is " Tuesday " and its ratings would go threw the roof . NBC is so Dumb
Reply
Flag
The reason it doesn't do well is that it's not very funny. Plus it's not accessible to a casual viewer who doesn't see every episode.
Reply
Flag
I'm sorry this show doesn't apply to your taste. But Community is a hilarious show. And just because it doesn't appeal to the "casual viewer" doesn't mean the million and a half people who watch it plus the other viewers online should be punished by it being on the edge of not being reviewed every season.
Reply
Flag
So will parks and recreation and the office be shortened too or is just those two?
Reply
Flag
WOOHOO, and with The Big Bang Theory also being renewed my two favourite still-running comedies is still running. Abed and Sheldon on the same night does it get any better than that.
Reply
Flag
Surely there is a way they can take into account internet viewers? Its not just Community which will have unfair ratings for how popular it is, most people in this demograph live on the net.



Congrats Community :) It is shortened, but that may mean more effort into each episode :)
Reply
Flag
pull your heads out of your asses. community ended after a mediocre season 2. this season was a humorless, quirky soap opera about abed's feelings. not only would i like season 4 to not happen, i'd like for 3 to be wiped out of my memory. for the sake of what once was the best new comedy on tv.
Reply
Flag
I'm not one for posting replies to people's comments unless i found their post particularly funny, but i feel i must reply to your musings above as they have irked me somewhat. I appreciate that everyone is entitled to their opinion, so here is mine: Everything you wrote is WRONG!!!! Thanks. Have a lovely weekend.
Reply
Flag
Why doesnt NBC realize that just because it doesnt have the explosive rating numbers because no one watches live tv anymore... I dont even have cable and rely on my comp to watch my shows. But I will say congrats to Community! I was truly worried for a while, going so long without any word.
Reply
Flag
Load More Comments

Like TV.com on Facebook