Community creator Dan Harmon can relax for at least the summer, his cast and crew are welcomed back for Season 4. TV Line is reporting that NBC has been picked up for a 13-episode fourth season, which means it’s likely going to return for just the fall of 2012 or winter 2013. We can’t imagine them splitting up 13 episodes over a whole network season.
Now we can see if Annie (Alison Brie) and Jeff (Joel McHale) get together, what major Troy chooses and will he choose Britta (Gillian Jacobs) or Abed (Danny Pudi)… both perhaps(?), and maybe, just maybe Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Pierce (Chevy Chase) get that darn sandwich shop off the ground. And Señor Chang (Ken Jeong)? Well, let’s see what happens at the end of Season 3 first.
We would have loved to have seen a full season ordered but we won’t be greedy. If it is shown in the fall, that does open the possibility, if the audience grows that an additional nine or more episodes could be ordered. Perhaps this is the best way they can maintain momentum, by airing for 13 straight weeks, leaving no chance for viewers to fall off or walk away. Nielsen ratings were all over the place but the online support was evident and fans found a variety of ways to see the show whether it was live or on DVR. I don’t expect the campaigning to stop as fans are still going to be hoping for six seasons and a movie, but the most important thing to do is grow the audience and give these 13 episodes all the live support and attention.
Oh yeah, and you can start your support with tonight’s episode!
No word yet on the fate of The Office and Parks and Recreation but both are expected to return to join NBC’s 2012-2013 lineup that includes Community (Again-Yay!), 30 Rock, Parenthood, Smash, Grimm, and Law & Order: SVU.
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