‘Community’ defies death again, NBC renews cult fave for fifth season

It’s official, Human Beings. NBC has renewed Community! Our friends at Greendale will return to NBC for at least another season — 13 episodes is what we’re hearing — thanks, in part, to the eight percent key demographic viewership increase during this past Thursday’s season finale and in greater part to the nonstop fan support the show receives online, despite its relatively low ratings. For those not familiar, the single-camera ensemble stars Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown and Jim Rash and features/featured Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase, the latter of which will not be returning.

And get this, one report from Deadline claims there’s a possibility that Dan Harmon, show creator and executive producer of the first three seasons, may return for season five. Sony Television (who owns Community) unceremoniously ousted Harmon and installed showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port to helm the fourth season. However, Harmon’s animated series Rick and Morty — about a dim grandson and his genius grandfather — was just picked up by Adult Swim and set is to premiere later this year. So, it would seem, Harmon (known for his hands-on approach) will be a little tied up at Adult Swim. And since he’s still drawing a salary as Community‘s creator, I don’t see the incentive in returning to a workplace from which you were booted. Thoughts?

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Dylan P. Gadino

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