‘Community’ is coming back next year, more weird NBC news
So you psyched for the new season? Better move north, you hoser. I’m going to do a quick rundown of all the weird-ass TV news that happened over the last couple days, because none of it really deserves a whole post all on its own but you still Need To Know. You ready?
First: Community. The fourth season was originally supposed to premiere on October 19th, but NBC benched it in favor of Whitney, a decision that made sense to absolutely no one. And then, earlier this week, we got word that it would come back in November… in Canada. The show airs on CBC there, and the episodes are done, so I guess that’s fair. NBC then struck back by announcing that us patriotic Americans would finally get the show… next February. February 7th, to be precise. Good Lord, we’ll have a new President by then!
Second: The Farm. With The Office in its final season, NBC had hoped to keep a little momentum with The Farm, a spin-off that would take Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute character and put him in charge of a family bed & breakfast, to be joined by a new group of kooky characters. It sounded pretty lousy, so I’m not surprised that NBC passed on it, according to Wilson’s Twitter. There’s talk that they’ll slot the pilot, which is complete, in as a regular episode in The Office‘s final season.
Third: Up All Night. This show is pretty uneven, but when it’s funny, it’s really funny. The latest season has kind of messed with the formula by adding new cast members, making the Christina Applegate character lose her job to become a stay-at-home mom, et cetera, and it’s not really working. The ratings are tanking, but NBC seems intent on screwing with the show even more – they’ve announced it’s changing from a single-camera show to a traditional multi-camera “filmed before a live studio audience” sitcom. Do they still make those, except for Two And A Half Men?