[...continued from my previous comment...] So to the incoming producers (David Guarascio and Moses Port) and to Sony Pictures Television and even to NBC, I say 'bring it on' and 'let's see what you've got.' Prove to this particular community that this change wasn't just some devious move to get rid of a show's creator in order to bring episode numbers to an acceptible minimum to then have it canceled and farmed out for the bigger dollars in syndication. Prove to the fans and to new viewers you hope to attract that the comedic and storytelling quality will stay intact or maybe even improved upon while staying true to Harmon's vision. I'll be watching and hoping. #sixseasonsandweloveyoudanharmon
I was crushed to learn that Harmon was replaced as showrunner. As bad as that was, the news was made even worse that Sony decided to bring in outsiders to take his place instead of promoting from within the existing creative staff. This alone makes be believe that Community will no longer be the same from here on out. However, that doesn't mean that I will stop being a devoted fan or that I will stop watching the show. As a fan, I think I owe it to the remaining production staff and the incredible cast to keep on supporting them. They will most likely have a difficult road ahead that they must go through. However, I'm sure they will continue to deliver their best, so I intend to stay with them until the end...just as I always have. So to the incoming producers (David Guarascio and Moses Port) and to Sony Pictures Television and even to NBC, I say 'bring it on' and 'let's see what you've got.' Prove to this particular community that this change wasn't just some devious move to get rid of a show's creator in order to bring episode numbers to an acceptible minimum to then have it canceled and farmed out for the bigger dollars in syndication. Prove to the fans and to new viewers you hope to attract that the comedic and storytelling quality will stay intact or maybe even improved upon while staying true to Harmon's vision. I'll be watching and hoping. #sixseasonsandweloveyoudanharmon
Would show creator and show runner Dan Harmon of Community being let go by Sony Pictures Television count as the saddest 'death' of this past TV season? It does for me. This is the darkest time line! #sixseasonsandweloveyouDanHarmon
Awesome episode! When Community does full-on parodies, it usually ends up with fantastic results, and 'Pillows and Blankets' succeeded. Everyone was great in it, and I enjoyed seeing so many of the recurring cast participate as well. I loved that they got Keith David to be the narrator. He's done that for some of Ken Burns' documentaries, so that was totally fitting. And we get another dose of Michael Haggins' 'Daybreak,' that oddly-catchy smooth Jazz tune played and hummed by some of the show's characters since the 'Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps' episode. Cool, cool, cool.
Like a lot of other people, I watched the pilot episode of Pan Am due to the hype of network television getting in on the 1960's nostalgia programming that started with Mad Men. In the end, I found ABC's offering to be pretty good and stuck with it watching every episode. Most of the characters have grown to be quite likable, and Colette has easily become my favorite since the 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner' episode. It's a shame the show will probably be canceled now, but at least we were able to experience these past 14 episodes. Some were better than others, but in the end I enjoyed my entire flight with Pan Am.
Dino Stamatopoulos, who plays Star-Burns, hasn't been in front of the Community cameras much this 3rd season. I assume that he's continued to be part of the show's writing staff and that he's still a consultant to the series, though. I wouldn't really miss the Star-Burns character too much if it were him who got knocked off. I know that Leonard might be the first one to come to people's minds because of his age, but I think he's funnier and I enjoy how rude everyone is to him with their 'Shut up, Leonard!' lines. Long live Leonard!!
I can't wait for Community to come back!! I really hope that NBC will see from its current Thursday night comedies scheduling 'experiment' that nothing really helped it against CBS. 30 Rock didn't do much better than Community. And Up All Night isn't doing any better on Thursdays than it did when it was on Wednesdays. In fact, all four current NBC Thursday night comedies just came off series lows in ratings...even with brand new episodes. While bringing Community back may not help NBC much in ratings, it shouldn't really hurt either. Hopefully NBC will renew Community for the Fall and return to the old familiar Thursday night schedule. It can then shift Up All Night back to Wednesdays and try to build on that night's comedy block.
I thought it was a fun episode, although it wasn't a classic one on the level of last season's 'Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas.' I felt, though, that they were a year too late in slamming 'Glee.' That show was at its height during its first and second seasons, so it would have been a more perfect time to parody it back then. Now 'Glee' is quickly dropping in ratings, and I don't even know if people beyond the Gleeks really care about it. It was fun to see a Childish Gambino performance from Troy and Abed. If you looked past the creepiness of Annie's performance it had its funny moments. Shirley got another chance to showcase her singing voice. And Britta got to add to her growing list of awkward silliness with her 'me so Christmas, me so merry!' mouse king performance. Getting more 'Inspector Spacetime' and capping the episode with our favorite study group together was heartwarming too. Now the wait begins for NBC to bring the show back. NBC, don't make our 2012 a bad one!
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