NBC boss "absolutely hopeful" about Community season 5

News Louisa Mellor 7 Jan 2013 - 08:22

NBC's Bob Greenblatt "would love nothing more" than to see Community continue after season four...

As we speak, the Television Critics Association Winter 2013 Press Tour is in full swing (somewhere between a trade show and Comic-Con for US TV writers), and occasionally chucking out the odd juicy tidbit from US TV's head honchos. The latest of these to grab our attention is from Bob Greenblatt, who yesterday announced that NBC is "...absolutely hopeful [Community's shortened fourth season] will lead to a fifth season. I'd love nothing more than to see it continue."

Community's fans don't need reminding about the show's recent upheaval, which include a delayed start to season four, and the departures of creator Dan Harmon, star Chevy Chase, and staff writer Megan Ganz. With each new reported loss, that 'six-seasons-and-a-movie' warcry was beginning to ring more and more hollow. Perhaps not though, if Greenblatt's words are to be believed. 

Community's thirteen-episode fourth season is due to start on the 7th of February, and when it does, Greenblatt told press "I think you'll see relatively the same show that you did before, maybe with a little bit more heart built into it. But we didn't fundamentally change it."

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Here's hoping! Anything right now would be a bonus. Does the 3rd season have an air date in the UK for 2013? Sony TV aired season 2, but I've not heard anything about 3.

Wait, this is a shortened season of only thirteen episodes? So first we have to wait forever, no Dan Harmon and now it's half as long too? At least they're getting rid of Pierce...

"Absolutely hopeful" is exactly the kind of vague bollocks that has me worried. Either it's funny, smart and engaging or it's the Big Bang Theory.

Community is not a show that lacks heart. Season one lacked feet but found them in one glorious moment and has since been one of the best comedies on US TV for years.

I think some older audiences find the characters annoying. I know my father does, so it wouldnt surprise me if they want to make the characters more likeable.

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