NBC Boss Optimistic About the Future of ‘Community’

Community, Bob Greenblatt

Six season and a movie? Well, the chant heard ’round the world by fans of the NBC cult comedy Community, may not be so distant of a dream. According to Bob Greenblatt, NBC’s Entertainment chairman, the modestly-rated series could “absolutely” get a fifth season and that it’s something the network would love to see. Greenblatt explained his thought process at Sunday’s TCAs as such: “We’re always hopeful for a show to continue … and we co-own it. I’d love nothing more than to see it continue.”

The news comes as a relief to fans, who were fearful of the show’s fate after a series of setbacks leading into the upcoming fourth season. Previous showrunner Dan Harmon notably exited the series last year, and co-star Chevy Chase has one foot out the door after announcing his own exit in November. (Though Chase will appear in nearly the whole season—save but two episodes.) And if that didn’t make fans nervous, its up-in-the-air return date (pushed from October 19 to a question mark, to February 7) certainly didn’t quell fears that the network was less-than-thrilled to stand by the students of Greendale Community College, either.

But it seems much of that fear may have been for naught. “I don’t know that I’m the Community expert,” Greenblatt said, “but I think you’re going to see relatively the same show … there is a little bit more heart built in to it, but we didn’t fundamentally change it.”

What do you think about Community‘s future? Are you picking up what Greenblatt’s putting down? Sound off in the comments!

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Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.