Skip to main content

The Daily Beast: "Community on Hiatus: Why NBC Is Making a Mistake"

Community fans, this is your St. Crispin’s Day moment. Dumping Community in favor of shifting around the Thursday-night comedies feels a bit like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Community, after all, is not the iceberg that’s sinking NBC.

Over at The Daily Beast, you can read my latest story, "Community on Hiatus: Why NBC Is Making a Mistake," in which I look at the case for and against keeping the brilliant and subversive comedy around.

For right now, Community airs Thursday evening at 8 p.m. on NBC.


J Si said…
I read the article at the Daily Beast and it seems to be a pretty good assessment of the situation with Community.

I have to say that I do encourage NBC to keep Community on the air. I am a major fan of the show and it still has a lot of potential as a creative, ambitious comedy. Lately TV shows have become so monotonous, we need a show like Community now more than ever. It challenges conventional writing and maybe that's why it's ratings are down, maybe some of the episodes just so unconventional the show just throws people off.

If NBC is having trouble with ratings getting rid of Community is not the way to go, I think that would be a cop out. I'll admit some of the episodes this season weren't as good as last year but even the worst episodes are no worst than a lot of shows these days and these other shows aren't having ratings problems. The best solution for NBC would be to restructure their thursday lineup and figure out how to improve things while Community is on hiatus. Maybe they can work on ways to improve the show and attract more viewers. I'll guess I'll just keep my fingers crossed.
DC said…
Agreed. I really love the show and always watch online if I can't see it live. This "move" is just another example of how NBC doesn't get it.

I loved Arrested Development, Better Off Ted, and many of the other oddball comedies that required using your brain to get it. Too bad none of these is around (or on the same channel) to be linked with Community in a comedy block. Community is comedy gold, specifically the bottle episodes!

Would love to say this is a surprise, but sadly it doesn't shock me at all. NBC had better wise up somewhere along the line and quick or they are going to continue being passed up not only by their ABC, CBS, and Fox peers but also by cable and their own cable netlets (like USA).
Lucas said…
WHAT! "Community" on hiatus? Hadn't heard about this yet (as a European reader of this blog), but that's awful news. Love the show and had not seen this comming at all (it basically seemed NBC was happy to have anything performing moderately well, and with "Parenthood" this is by far the best show on its schedule). Terrible, terrible decision (and indeed a shame that the show never was recognized by the Emmys). Really hope this isn't the show's end and that we'll at least get to see the remaining episodes sometime soon.


Do I understand it correctly that the stunningly promising "Awake" might not show up on this year's midseason schedule also?

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

BuzzFeed: "The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now"

The CBS legal drama, now in its sixth season, continually shakes up its narrative foundations and proves itself fearless in the process. Spoilers ahead, if you’re not up to date on the show. At BuzzFeed, you can read my latest feature, " The Good Wife Is The Best Show On Television Right Now," in which I praise CBS' The Good Wife and, well, hail it as the best show currently on television. (Yes, you read that right.) There is no need to be delicate here: If you’re not watching The Good Wife, you are missing out on the best show on television. I won’t qualify that statement in the least — I’m not talking about the best show currently airing on broadcast television or outside of cable or on premium or however you want to sandbox this remarkable show. No, the legal drama is the best thing currently airing on any channel on television. That The Good Wife is this perfect in its sixth season is reason to truly celebrate. Few shows embrace complexity and risk-taking in t

BuzzFeed: Meet The TV Successor To "Serial"

HBO's stranger-than-fiction true crime documentary The Jinx   — about real estate heir Robert Durst — brings the chills and thrills missing since Serial   wrapped up its first season. Serial   obsessives: HBO's latest documentary series is exactly what you've been waiting for.   The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , like Sarah Koenig's beloved podcast, sifts through old documents, finds new leads from fresh interviews, and seeks to determine just what happened on a fateful day in which the most foul murder was committed. And, also like  Serial  before it,  The Jinx may also hold no ultimate answer to innocence or guilt. But that seems almost beside the point; such investigations often remain murky and unclear, and guilt is not so easy a thing to be judged. Instead, this upcoming six-part tantalizing murder mystery, from director Andrew Jarecki ( Capturing the Friedmans ), is a gripping true crime story that unfolds with all of the speed of a page-turner; it