The “Community” saga will continue…maybe.
I’ll take a “maybe.”
The NBC sitcom could go on for a fifth season, NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the winter Television Critics Association press tour recently:
“Yes, absolutely. I’m always hopeful for a show to continue. We co-own it and I’d love nothing more than to see it continue.”
Greenblatt also said that the show, whose fourth season is premiering February 7, would largely be the same but will have “a little bit more heart built in to it” this year. I’m not sure what that means, exactly…perhaps Chang will not try to take over the school again and turn it into a fascist regime.
Then there is the thorny question of Chevy Chase’s exit from the show – Greenblatt indicated that it was too early to consider how that might be written into a theoretical fifth season. I personally vote for Bill Murray to replace Chase, but will take either Dan Aykroyd or Martin Short (though please no Jim Belushi).
It is great to hear that NBC still has faith in the series – whose season premiere was pulled twice off the Fall schedule before landing in February – but, as a “Community” fan, I think the proof will be in the pudding. And the ratings.