NBC’s ‘Community’ Renewed For Fourth Season With 13-Episode Order

Community fans won’t have to stage an uprising. (Well, maybe just a small mutiny over the size of the order.) The cult NBC/Sony Pictures TV comedy series has been renewed for next season with a 13-episode order. The short pickup is not a surprising. As we reported, NBC had been eying abbreviated orders for most or all of its returning comedies, which freed up money to pick up more freshmen. With the renewal secured, the question Community faces heading into its fourth season is whether it will return with both creator/showrunner Dan Harmon and co-star Chevy Chase on board. There has been a well documented feud between the two, raising speculation whether they could continue to work together or one would step down. I hear it is unclear as of now if Harmon will continue as showrunner. That is a possibility, with other scenarios also explored. Leaving Community are longtime executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan who just signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.

Comments (59)

  • 6 seasons and a movie!!!!!

    Comment by Garrett — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:55pm PDT  
  • Cool. Cool. Cool cool cool!

    Comment by Evil Britta — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:56pm PDT  
  • Best. News. This. Week.

    Comment by Sean Storm — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:56pm PDT  
  • Excellent news. My prediction is that if a few of the freshmen shows bomb that then they’ll extend Community’s order. Here’s hoping we hear news about Parks & Recreation next. Sure, the show isn’t as funny as it was in season 2 & 3 but here’s hoping its a hiccup in what has been an excellent run so far.

    Comment by Mac — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 4:59pm PDT  
  • Really glad NBC did the right thing and renewed it to meet the number of episodes for syndication… oh wait.

    Comment by Scott — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 5:00pm PDT  
  • I wonder if Chevy Chase will be back?

    Comment by Jk5000 — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 5:01pm PDT  
    • They can replace Chevy with Tim Kazarinsky – he’s doing those promos for ME-TV so he’s not going to cost a fortune.

      Comment by frank — Sunday May 13, 2012 @ 12:37pm PDT  
  • NBC was streets ahead with this decision.

    Comment by Troy & Abed in the Morning — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 5:02pm PDT  
  • With who running it? Rumor has it many writers have jumped ship and run for their lives.

    Comment by ST Haynes — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 5:02pm PDT  
  • Troy and Abed are the worst characters to happen to television since its creation.

    Comment by Jeff — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 5:05pm PDT  
    • Troy and Abed will be the spinoff

      Comment by GaryS — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 7:41pm PDT  
    • Is that meta? It seemed meta.

      Comment by Randal — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 8:50pm PDT  
    • The correct way to say it is “Britta is the worst!”.

      Comment by Bogwam — Friday May 11, 2012 @ 7:28am PDT  
    • Worst characters ever from TV history

      1. Vickie the Robot from Small Wonder
      2. Allison from Designing Women
      3. Jason Seaver from Growing Pains
      4. Sam from Diff’rent Strokes
      1,000,000. Troy & Abed from Community

      Comment by John — Friday May 11, 2012 @ 12:11pm PDT  
  • As happy as I am that they are getting a Season 4, this makes it sound like if their mid-season replacement is successful, they wouldn’t be coming back. It’s sort of like what they did with Chuck. Appease the fans, and then stuff it.

    Comment by blandphilosophy — Thursday May 10, 2012 @ 5:05pm PDT  
    • I hope that is not the case, but either way, I’m thankful for at least some sort of closure. I was pissed with Heroes just ending. I did not want Chuck to end, and I don’t want Community to end. But I appreciate any efforts toward bringing some sort of closure to the fans.

      Comment by Josh — Saturday May 12, 2012 @ 7:11pm PDT  
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