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post #1711 of 1928
What's worse is that many of the writers moved on when they finished season 4. So now the show is missing the guy that made it great, and most of the writers that helped him make it great. Blehhh.
post #1712 of 1928
I'm very surprised they're bringing it back. Wonder how they'll handle Jeff's graduation?
post #1713 of 1928
If you want to get a feel for how bad this season was, go back and watch a few season 1 or season 2 episodes...not even the big high point episodes, just a few of the decent ones. The difference in quality is jaw dropping. This seasons episodes felt like they were swinging for the fences yet wound up being hollow.

Early eps felt so solid and alive, even when when they were just about the guys finding a trampoline, or taking Troy out to a bar for the first time. I actually feel sad knowing that it's coming back.
It's like someone's cruel joke to make a marionette out of a loved ones dead body.

Either bring back Harmon or just let the show rest in peace.
post #1714 of 1928
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Originally Posted by filtor View Post

I'm very surprised they're bringing it back.

NBC has literally canceled every other comedy in their schedule besides "Parks and Recreation" (renewed) and "The Office" (ending this season). "Community" is returning because, literally, NBC cannot cancel every comedy in their schedule and start from scratch.
post #1715 of 1928
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Originally Posted by dad1153 View Post

NBC has literally canceled every other comedy in their schedule besides "Parks and Recreation" (renewed) and "The Office" (ending this season). "Community" is returning because, literally, NBC cannot cancel every comedy in their schedule and start from scratch.

Rumor is they wanted a particular show from Sony, and Sony made them renew Community in order to get it so that they'd eventually have enough episodes of Community to put into normal syndication.
post #1716 of 1928
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

Rumor is they wanted a particular show from Sony, and Sony made them renew Community in order to get it so that they'd eventually have enough episodes of Community to put into normal syndication.

from dad1153's posted article:

The pickup also comes ahead of Community's syndicated debut in the fall on Comedy Central, with repeats potentially helping to lift the series the way TBS' encores have helped push CBS' The Big Bang Theory to new heights in its sixth season.

Less rumor & more reality, it seems.
post #1717 of 1928
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Originally Posted by jwebb1970 View Post

from dad1153's posted article:

The pickup also comes ahead of Community's syndicated debut in the fall on Comedy Central, with repeats potentially helping to lift the series the way TBS' encores have helped push CBS' The Big Bang Theory to new heights in its sixth season.

Less rumor & more reality, it seems.

skyehill is referring to Blacklist. A sony pictures Drama that is "a surefire hit" for NBC.


Back to the finale. I went in with very low expectations because Megan Ganz did a reddit AMA (ask me anything) and stated that while she loved her Halloween episode, she hated her finale. Just the way it turned out, she knew the fans deserved better. So knowing that, I was pleasantly surprised. Then I come online and see the hate, it makes me go "Oh yeah, I can see the issues."

Anyone interested, Megan Ganz will be writing for Modern Family next year. They desperately need a shot in the arm in that series. Also, Cartoon Network has picked up Dan Harmon's comedy.
post #1718 of 1928
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Originally Posted by jwebb1970 View Post

from dad1153's posted article:

The pickup also comes ahead of Community's syndicated debut in the fall on Comedy Central, with repeats potentially helping to lift the series the way TBS' encores have helped push CBS' The Big Bang Theory to new heights in its sixth season.

Less rumor & more reality, it seems.
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Variety reported Cynthia Littleton tweeted this two hours ago:
"FWIW, nothing solid yet but "Community"-NBC talks continue and indications seem more hopeful than earlier in day."
Deadline.com reported yesterday afternoon that Sony were in negotiations regarding picking up their pilots and renewing Community. Blacklist is supposedly NBC's best drama pilot and it's from Sony, and NBC want to pick it up. NBC won't decide the fate of their other pilots until they finish their business with Sony regarding Blacklist, Community, and the other Sony pilots. Sony are very famous for cutting great deals to networks to get their show's renewed for syndication purposes.
I looked around Twitter and many TV insiders with knowledge of how NBC have negotiated in the past regarding cult shows/shows with low ratings believe that Sony and NBC are haggling over the episode count for Season 5, and that Sony will likely be willing to completely cut the license fee for a higher episode order to get more syndication episodes. There's also talk that the Blacklist pickup will tie in with a Community renewal.
post #1719 of 1928
I must have been in a very good mood last night, because I loved the last episode. Was it original? No. But, for some reason I just really enjoyed it and laughed out loud once or twice (that's a lot for me, as opposed to a smirk or a chuckle).

Oh, and as a long-time fan of The Terminator (must be over 25 years now - ouch!), I enjoyed those references.
post #1720 of 1928
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Deadline is saying that with a year gone by since Harmon was let go, and Chevy Chase (whose feuding with Harmon went public shortly before Harmon’s dismissal) now having left the series, “emotions have cooled down and all sides involved have had time to reflect,” and that there is now “speculation that Harmon may come back.”

Deadline says Harmon’s return is more likely if this indeed turns out to be Community’s final season, something NBC has not officially announced, but which is almost certainly the case. They go on to note that no deal is in place, but that there “certainly is interest in bringing Harmon back in some capacity.”
post #1721 of 1928
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Oh, and as a long-time fan of The Terminator (must be over 25 years now - ouch!), I enjoyed those references.
29, actually. 1984!

And the Terminator joke on Archer this season was better. In the episode where Ray gets bionic legs (and numerous Terminator references), Archer says to Cyril: Your clothes, give them to me."
post #1722 of 1928
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Originally Posted by skyehill View Post

Deadline is saying that with a year gone by since Harmon was let go, and Chevy Chase (whose feuding with Harmon went public shortly before Harmon’s dismissal) now having left the series, “emotions have cooled down and all sides involved have had time to reflect,” and that there is now “speculation that Harmon may come back.”

Deadline says Harmon’s return is more likely if this indeed turns out to be Community’s final season, something NBC has not officially announced, but which is almost certainly the case. They go on to note that no deal is in place, but that there “certainly is interest in bringing Harmon back in some capacity.”

Something I recall suggesting back when news broke that Chase left the show & that someone obviously as brilliant as me [/sarcasm] posted over on the Deadline talkback following the story skyehill quoted.....do not eliminate the Pierce character at all. Simply pull a Bewitched-style "Darin swap" & recast the part. While the most ironic - and essentially impossible - choice would be to nab Bill Murray (Chase's SNL replacement), Dan Ackroyd would be the far easier get. Or go way out there & cast Garrett Morris! And no one notices the change in Pierce.....except Abed.....

It would be great to see Harmon return to the fold. And with Chase gone, the seemingly biggest on-set issue is history. Let Dan come back & finish off the show properly - and most likely reference the anger or indifference regarding S4 along the way.

Unlike some others here, I have mostly enjoyed S4 & was entertained by the finale - but the shake ups behind the scenes have certainly been palpable.
post #1723 of 1928
Getting Bill would be the ultimate Meta move. I'd love to see that. I'd also love to see Jim Rash write a few more episodes. His episode this season wasn't just my favorite of this season, but it's probably top 10 for me of any season.
post #1724 of 1928
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Originally Posted by dougotte View Post

I must have been in a very good mood last night, because I loved the last episode. Was it original? No. But, for some reason I just really enjoyed it and laughed out loud once or twice (that's a lot for me, as opposed to a smirk or a chuckle).

Oh, and as a long-time fan of The Terminator (must be over 25 years now - ouch!), I enjoyed those references.

Shhh.... PLEASE don't admit that you liked anything about this season's shows or you'll surely invoke the wrath of the Anti-Harmonites... or is that ProHarmonites... errr - well let's just call them the "Community-sucks-without-Harmon-ites"..... because nothing can be even a modicum of funny or humorous without the great Harmon.ica.sationism.ality......treatment.... err well... harmonalsexualityismification... or whatever he does so dam well that nobody else can.....

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Unlike some others here, I have mostly enjoyed S4 & was entertained by the finale .

Shhh... please see and heed my above warning .... and OH fudgicalharmonalitionism -- I fear my phone is now being tapped and my every move is being tracked by a radical faction calling themselves "The Harmon-ies".... eek.gifeek.gifeek.gif I now fear for my lifeicalismificationality..... eek.gif
post #1725 of 1928
filtor wins for "best post-season 4 Community thread post".

Here is your prize...and it should be getting delivered personally soon..smile.gif


post #1726 of 1928
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Originally Posted by ragedogg69 View Post

skyehill is referring to Blacklist. A sony pictures Drama that is "a surefire hit" for NBC.


Back to the finale. I went in with very low expectations because Megan Ganz did a reddit AMA (ask me anything) and stated that while she loved her Halloween episode, she hated her finale. Just the way it turned out, she knew the fans deserved better. So knowing that, I was pleasantly surprised. Then I come online and see the hate, it makes me go "Oh yeah, I can see the issues."

Anyone interested, Megan Ganz will be writing for Modern Family next year. They desperately need a shot in the arm in that series. Also, Cartoon Network has picked up Dan Harmon's comedy.

It's a shame to see her go, but I can't argue with her own opinion of the finale. Just poorly done all around. Thankfully it's not going to be the series finale.

Looks like next season is going to be uncertain as well. NBC announced their Fall and mid-season schedules without Community on it. Probably waiting for one of the scheduled shows to bomb first; The # of episodes ordered was once again 13.
Edited by skyehill - 5/12/13 at 5:48pm
post #1727 of 1928
It has to be very weird for the staff at community to write all the episodes, film them, then have them sit there for months. There is no way to see the feedback from the audience like a normal show. One can assume that they were done filming by the end of 2012? So they wont go back until this summer to start again?
post #1728 of 1928
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Originally Posted by ragedogg69 View Post

It has to be very weird for the staff at community to write all the episodes, film them, then have them sit there for months. There is no way to see the feedback from the audience like a normal show. One can assume that they were done filming by the end of 2012? So they wont go back until this summer to start again?
They had filmed only a handful of episodes through 2012, so they were able to do some quick rewrites for some of the later episodes. A few even include subtle jokes about scheduling and being cancelled.
post #1729 of 1928
During the recording of his live podcast, Dan Harmon let it slip that he had indeed been asked to return to the show. His show. He joked that he'd only go back if they re-hired Chevy.
post #1730 of 1928
And Deadline has now confirmed Harmon is in negotiations with Sony to return for what would be the 5th and final season. The two showrunners Sony hired for season 4 have already quit.
post #1731 of 1928
Nice! Now we can just pretend season 4 never happened.
post #1732 of 1928
Changnesia?
post #1733 of 1928
Britta wakes up, a shower is heard in the background. Music builds. She walks to the bathroom and reaches for the shower door. She opens the door to find Starburns. He turns arounds and says "Good Morning."
post #1734 of 1928
It's official, Harmon is back! He's been tweeting about finding directors, and some reference to a deal with Jason Alexander. Not sure what that's about, but hopefully not a replacement for Chevy's character. Regardless, it's great to have the show's creator and guiding force back. Season 4 feels like a distant nightmare already.
post #1735 of 1928
Awesome! Let's pretend that last season didn't happen.


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post #1736 of 1928
Gee it sure would suck if the "Second Coming of Harmon" next season episodes aren't funny enough for y'all too .... eek.gif
post #1737 of 1928
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Originally Posted by filtor View Post

Gee it sure would suck if the "Second Coming of Harmon" next season episodes aren't funny enough for y'all too .... eek.gif

He's produced episodes of Community that weren't funny, but they were always distinctly Harmon. Season 4 for the most part was unfunny and felt nothing at all like the three seasons that preceded it. It's hilarious that some people actually think Harmon's presence or lack thereof means nothing to the quality of the show.
post #1738 of 1928
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Originally Posted by wdkerbow View Post

Britta wakes up, a shower is heard in the background. Music builds. She walks to the bathroom and reaches for the shower door.

OK so far so good.
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She opens the door to find Starburns. He turns arounds and says "Good Morning."

GAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! Thanks for the horrifying mental image. My psyche is permanently scarred.

You know, for all the complaints about this past season, I kind of liked the Inspector Spacetime convention and the Christmas episode.
post #1739 of 1928
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Originally Posted by vfxproducer View Post


You know, for all the complaints about this past season, I kind of liked the Inspector Spacetime convention and the Christmas episode.

I thought the Spacetime convention episode wasn't just a low point for the series, but for TV as a whole. My favorite episode of the season was the one written by Jim Rash. It was the Freaky Friday episode. I hope Harmon gives Jim an episode or two to write next season.
post #1740 of 1928
From the "Hot Off The Press" Thread (top of 'HDTV Programming' page). smile.gif

TV Notes
Dan Harmon Returning as 'Community' Showrunner
By Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter's 'Live Feed' Blog - Jun. 1, 2013

Dan Harmon is returning to Greendale.

The creator of NBC's Community is formalizing his deal with producer Sony Pictures Television to return to the series as showrunner, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Writer/EP Chris McKenna, who exited the series in May 2012 after signing a two-year overall deal with Universal Television, is also formalizing his return. Both deals are expected to close in the coming days. SPT would not confirm the deals had closed.

The news of Harmon's return comes after word leaked over Memorial Day weekend that the writer/executive producer was asked to return to Community during a taping of his Harmontown podcast.

Harmon replaces David Guarascio and Moses Port at the helm of the beleaguered comedy. The duo were brought in to oversee season four, which wrapped its run in May on par with the Harmon-led third season. Critics, however, noted that Community had lost the edge it had under the show's creator.

"Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back. You can thank @joelmchale," Harmon tweeted early Saturday, prompting co-star Gillian Jacobs to write a nod to a Community season two episode, "Welcome back, @danharmon! E Pluribus Anus!"

Harmon returns to Community following a turbulent history on the show, which included an unflattering voicemail from series co-star Chevy Chase. In the time since, Harmon has been vocal about his firing from Community. "I would have fired me," he told KCRW's The Business in August. "Sony was always so bummed out about the way I wrote and thought, and they always fantasized about doing the show without me."

Harmon acknowledged the Chase brouhaha during his podcast taping, joking that he would only return if the actor -- who exited the show in November -- was brought back to the series as well.

For NBC, Harmon's return helps solidify Community, one of only two veteran comedies the network has for 2013-14. (The series was left off the fall schedule, with a midseason debut once again likely.)
In addition to Community, Harmon has a 10-episode animated series, Rick and Morty, set to join Adult Swim's late-night block in 2014.

McKenna, meanwhile, had a busy development season, selling multiple projects to the broadcast networks. Ultimately, none made the cut to pilot.

Harmon is repped by UTA. McKenna is with UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/dan-harmon-returning-community-showrunner-561322
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