Saturday, May 26, 2012

The NBC Community Panic Bunker!

Will it be six seasons and a movie or should we just pray for 13 episodes and a show that isn't broken? To be the last one on the dogpile, the day after the season finale of the TV show Community and barely one week after the network finally put us out of our misery by giving the show an abbreviated fourth season, showrunner/cult leader Dan Harmon was relieved of his duties. Of course, the Internet went insane, because that's what the Internet does.

There have been a lot of opinions on what this means for the future of the show, some more coherent than others, and most throwing some three-cameras-and-a-studio-audience-of-idiots show in our faces. Something that wasn't getting nearly as much play as it probably should have in the early going was that the Dan Harmon incident isn't exactly a unique situation in the history of television: the AV Club hit the point on Monday, and Ken Levine, a man who's done the sitcom (and showrunner) thing for a few decades, gave us his perspective in a two part post.  And finally--or somewhere in the middle of all this, to be more honest--Vulture's Josef Adalian laid some down some "hard truths". Actually, all of these articles have "hard truths" in them, a few of which set my teeth on edge but which make perfect sense if you take a breath and count to ten. There are many, many more, but these are the ones that I actually noticed.

My feelings on the topic are fairly simple: Stay optimistic about the fall, but keep one foot pointed towards the door. Cool cool cool?

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