bill-swift - May 13, 2014
No show on television in recent years has had a more devoted following than Community. Unfortunately, a lot of them had bigger followings. And for that reason, mostly, NBC has finally decided to pull the plug on the show for good.
Of course, any time a beloved show gets the ax, the fans want to write letters, picket the studio, or do something clever with hashtags. It's the natural reaction, and sometimes, it works. Sometimes a niche show that doesn't get a big enough audience for one of the major broadcast networks can success on cable or streaming services that cater to smaller, more specific demographics.
And right away, when the news was announced on Friday, there were whispers that the show may be resuscitated elsewhere. In fact, back in March, show creator Dan Harmon was behind some of those whispers.
Now he's singing another tune, however. In a long post that went up on his Tumblr yesterday, Harmon basically told fans not to hold their collective breath. Is there some talk about Community living on somewhere else? Sure. Is that a likely outcome? Nope. And he doesn't think there's a damn thing you can do about it:
I know fandom, when it gets this deep for this long, becomes almost religious, including the urge to stone the less than faithful. But there are lots of reasons a Community resurrection could be difficult. So be prepared for that. Which brings us to the other thing, the first thing, that most of the anxious tweets are about:
What do we, the fans, do? How can we help? Whose dog can we kidnap? Should we eat at Subway? Does Obama know? Should I have this tattoo removed? Was that Abed in Captain America 2?
I honestly think you can totally sit back and relax for this chapter. I know you don't feel relaxed but I mean you don't have to worry that someone on this planet isn't aware of this show's value to its audience. There are actually astronauts on a space station right now saying "we get it, you love Community" in Chinese. You have done your thing.
So. Got that, everybody? Community is over and it's time to move on.
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