Indoor Cat’s Guide to… The End of the World, But Maybe It’s a Good Thing?
No, I’m not talking about this upcoming December, or (spoiler alert) the ending of Cabin in the Woods. I’m talking about the soul-crushing news that the upcoming season of Community has been delayed.
Per NBC (via TVLine.com), “Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in [the] A18-49 [demographic] – we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of October 19th… Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week – plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.”
Now, my initial reaction to this news was, of course, anger/hurt/sadness, etc. As my post yesterday explained, Community is a show that I hold very dearly, and I’m no fool. I realize this season is more than likely the final season. I hope I’m wrong; I hope Community finds unexpected, but well deserved, success this year and gains viewers, especially in the demos. I hope we get our six seasons and a movie. But, I’m a cynical beast at heart and realize holding such hope is likely futile. So, I was eager for the beginning of the end, to get a fix of their particular brand of crazy, to return to Greendale for one last season, and then, at what is fairly last minute (less than 2 weeks after the expected premiere date), I have the rug pulled out from under me.
But, now that I’ve had a day to think about it, I am back to suppressing the cynical beast; I’m back to being hopeful. I’m hopeful that NBC will wise up and cancel the awfulness that is Animal Practice (no offense to the cast, but that show is a stinker) and even Guys With Kids, a show I like even if it’s not anything revolutionary or exceptional. It’s funny and I like the cast, but I’m fearful if NBC only cancels one of these two shows, Whitney will be their first choice to air since it (inexplicably) got better numbers last year. Or, maybe Chicago Fire will flame out immediately, and NBC can push L&O: SVU back to 9 and bring in another comedy hour on Wednesdays. Either way, something needs to fail, quickly and spectacularly, so that NBC can bring back Community on a better night than Friday nights, and sometime before the world ends in December.