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.

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