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(The Hollywood Reporter)   "Community" gets renewed for a fifth season after NBC realizes its only surviving show is Parks and Rec   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 105
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2013-05-11 11:54:04 PM
The problem with community in season four is basically this: it never attempts to expand or grow the universe.

Harmon was fired for many reasons, but one of which was the studio execs didn't like that he wouldn't let the show settle into a grove. Most sitcoms by their 3rd season have found their formula. All the characters are static and the jokes are plug and play. However, under hamron's leadership, the goal was to always push the envolope and say "no, we already did that" which made it a lot harder on studio execs because it was harder to quantify what will or won't work. The show took risks that sometimes paid off and other times fell flat. But that is why we loved it.

Without Harmon and the new Studio lackies, they tried to out the show more on autopilot and settle into a formula. That was "safer" for execs but it made the show more bland and didn't ever let the show's universe expand.

Think about it- was there a single new recurring character added to their universe this year? Previous years added star burns, magnitude, Lenard, etc. But this year, nope.

All of the characters froze emotionally where they were back in season 2 even. No real growth or story arch. Remember in season 3 when abed got into set with the mob and Troy and abed started to grow apart a little? Or how Jeff learned that he loved the group more than the law? All of that thrown aside so the characters could be frozen back in the season 2 formula.

The new show runners seemed to think the reason people liked the show was because it spoofed Genres. But people liked the show because it dared to be different and used genre spoofing to make a point. To have heart.
But this season seemed to be more about "hey look, we know how to be self-referencial!" And "hey, this is what a genre does!" But never bothered to SAY anything worthwhile with those spoofs.

/end rant
 
2013-05-11 11:59:35 PM

Hebalo: Brittabot: Good riddance to Chevy. I hold him responsible for a large portion of the bullshiat (indirectly for Harmon's shiatcanning, directly for making everyone write/act around his tantrums and rage quitting - seriously, gofarkyourself).

No Chevy, No Community. The show would have never been signed, or gained an audience without a name attached to it.


Patrick Stewart was considered for the part of pierce.

Chew on THAT thought.
 
2013-05-12 01:00:37 AM

OceanVortex: Hebalo: Brittabot: Good riddance to Chevy. I hold him responsible for a large portion of the bullshiat (indirectly for Harmon's shiatcanning, directly for making everyone write/act around his tantrums and rage quitting - seriously, gofarkyourself).

No Chevy, No Community. The show would have never been signed, or gained an audience without a name attached to it.

Patrick Stewart was considered for the part of pierce.

Chew on THAT thought.


If true, that would have been the best timeline.
 
2013-05-12 12:35:57 PM
My solution for Pierce is to have an entirely different actor come in and play him every week, yet have none of the characters except Abed be aware anything unusual is happening.
 
2013-05-12 02:23:39 PM

OceanVortex: All of the characters froze emotionally where they were back in season 2 even. No real growth or story arch. Remember in season 3 when abed got into set with the mob and Troy and abed started to grow apart a little? Or how Jeff learned that he loved the group more than the law? All of that thrown aside so the characters could be frozen back in the season 2 formula.


Aside from Pierce caring enough for someone else to save Britta when she promised something she couldn't deliver at her Sophie B. Hawkins dance?

Or Britta helping Jeff attempt reconciliation with his father?

Or Abed finding a love interest at the Sophie B. Hawkins dance?

Or Jeff spending the day with Pierce at his barbershop and then defending Pierce when others insult him?

Frankly, this was the first season to really show some character growth.
 
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