Finally! After a long wait, Community returns to television this Thursday February 7 after the show’s gone through a traumatic year. What drama you ask? Well, season four got a reduced order of thirteen episodes (fans have been worried the show would be cancelled since the first season), series creator Dan Harmon was fired, Chevy Chase left the show before they could finish shooting this season, and it got bumped from October to February. But now there’s a trailer. So that’s something.
It’s been about nine months since we heard that Dan Harmon was let go, and if the new season had started on time, perhaps the animus toward the Harmon-free version would be higher. At this point, it feels like NBC has no faith in the show, so it’s thirteen episode run may serve as a end point regardless, though fans may use the third’s season finale as the last “official” episode if this really sucks. Here’s the trailer:
Look, we’re going to watch this season regardless at this point, so it’s hard to be super critical, but this is definitely playing up the movie parodies and zaniness, and awareness that this is a television show. Now, how you sell a show is not always a good representation of the actual product, but we’re definitely worried. But are we happy to see the return of Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Oscar Winner Jim Rash? The answer is yes.
Should we want a fifth season, or should Community be put out to pasture, even if one more short season would get it to a syndication-friendly number? We know this, Lou Reed left The Velvet Underground during the making of their final album Loaded, but that still had “Sweet Jane” on it (among other great songs). But that still had some Lou Reed in it. How well a Harmon-free Community plays is yet to be seen, but the framework is there. Here’s hoping.
Are you going to watch Community this year?