Well, Community fans, we’ve got some good news, and we’ve got some bad news.  The good news is that Community, one the sharpest, funniest, and most outlandishly clever sitcoms on television has been renewed by NBC for a fourth season, after several months of uncertainty.  The bad news?  Well, since Community, like Arrested Development before it on Fox, has consistently struggled in the ratings department despite its excellence, NBC has only renewed the series for 13 more episodes (as opposed to the 20 to 25 episodes the show has previously had per season).

A bit of context:  since debuting in 2009, Community has consistently been a critics’ darling, while its increasingly convoluted and self-referential tales of seven borderline sociopathic community college students has never been able to connect with a wide audience.  Then, from December of 2011 to March of this year, NBC placed the show on hiatus, leaving its future in doubt.  When the series returned in mid March, it did so to high enough numbers that NBC has decided to renew—but only for a limited run.

Essentially, NBC appears to treating Community as if it were a new TV series: giving it a 13 episode test run, with an option for 11 more episodes if the first 13 are successful.  Here’s hoping the Greendale Community College gang can pull it off, even if star Chevy Chase insists the show is beneath him.

What do you think of the Community news?

Source: The AV Club