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Troy and Abed do their best to explain the upcoming season premiere of Community.
posted by mediated self (55 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite

 
A good sign that Community has kept its spirit after losing Dan Harmon.
posted by Cash4Lead at 4:27 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


The question isn't Community's new timeslot...it's Community's new spaceslot.
posted by mgrichmond at 4:29 PM on October 19, 2012 [26 favorites]


Alas.
posted by ChuraChura at 4:31 PM on October 19, 2012


And Pierce's heart grew three sizes that day.

He was immediately rushed to the hospital and remains in intensive care.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 4:37 PM on October 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


are the episodes all taped and edited at this point? just taped? neither?
posted by twist my arm at 4:59 PM on October 19, 2012


I do hope they restore Brita to average/above average intelligence again. Harmon wasn't perfect
posted by Bwithh at 5:09 PM on October 19, 2012 [13 favorites]


I'm looking forward to some episodes that don't base themselves entirely around Abed's quirks. Not that I don't love him but the second half of season 3 was filmed almost entirely inside his head.
posted by tracicle at 5:14 PM on October 19, 2012


I look forward to an ideal future episode in which Pierce dies/moves to australia and is eaten by a spider/is incarcerated/dies/dies some more.
posted by elizardbits at 5:19 PM on October 19, 2012 [12 favorites]


I do hope they restore Brita to average/above average intelligence again.

In the linked video Brita makes the logical assumption that October 19th would fall on October 19th. Surely that's at least average intelligence?
posted by mediated self at 5:25 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


Britta isn't dumb, she's literally the worst.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:27 PM on October 19, 2012 [11 favorites]


Whitney is going to replace Animal Practice; Vulture thinks NBC will hold Community to replace 30 Rock in January, and has predicted since the schedules came out that NBC wouldn't put Whitney and Community on Fridays or start them in the claimed date.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:34 PM on October 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


(Also, the throwaway line where the dean gives Annie's Boobs the monkey its own show is a swipe at Animal Practice ... Same monkey.)
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 5:40 PM on October 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


So, NBC Brittaed the Season Four premier?
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:45 PM on October 19, 2012 [7 favorites]


Or the execs' scheduling tactics are streets ahead.
posted by mediated self at 5:53 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


There were even jokes on the show itself that Season 3 Brita ( e.g. with her Homer Simpson style pride in her psychology studies) was stupid compared to Season 1 Brita

Season 1 Brita was a chronic underachiever with phony airs but she wasn't stupid
posted by Bwithh at 5:56 PM on October 19, 2012


Britta isn't the worst. She's the best. (awww..)
posted by bleep at 6:00 PM on October 19, 2012 [10 favorites]


She's the opposite of Batman.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:30 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'd rather wait than have Community put in the Homicide: Life on the Street-memorial death slot (i.e., anything on Friday.)
posted by docgonzo at 6:54 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have no idea what NBC are doing with this show. If they didn't have a few other quality comedies, I'd wonder if they hate awesomeness or something.
posted by waltzingalong at 6:54 PM on October 19, 2012


are the episodes all taped and edited at this point? just taped? neither?

I'm pretty sure they don't use tape. Even on Community.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 6:59 PM on October 19, 2012


I'd rather wait than have Community put in the Homicide: Life on the Street-memorial death slot

You mean Fireflyday.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 7:01 PM on October 19, 2012 [6 favorites]


I'd rather wait than have Community put in the Homicide: Life on the Street-memorial death slot

Maybe it will be fine. Pierce is discovered dead in the Library, with the Lead Pipe. For some reason that is never explained, Detectives Pembleton and Bayliss Investigate. In the cafeteria, Chef Giardello is making Sfincione!
posted by ActingTheGoat at 7:36 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


Detectives Pembleton and Bayliss Investigate

They already did a Law & Order episode though.
posted by sparkletone at 7:42 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm still crossing my fingers for the Twin Peaks homage that may never come.
posted by codacorolla at 8:08 PM on October 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


I'm still crossing my fingers for the Twin Peaks homage that may never come.

I am embarrassed to know this, but Psych did a Twin Peaks homage. With Sherilyn Fenn! And Leland!
posted by ActingTheGoat at 8:52 PM on October 19, 2012 [3 favorites]


They're holding it in reserve because NBC is running out of bullets. A month in and they're already down two shows with three more on tenterhooks.

$20 says Community gets renewed simply because NBC needs to hold it in reserve again with 15 brand new shows debuting instead of 12.
posted by Talez at 9:33 PM on October 19, 2012 [1 favorite]


They're holding it in reserve because NBC is running out of bullets.

I guess that explains why they picked up a second spinoff of The Office. They're really squeezing everything they can out of that one, yikes.
posted by troika at 9:54 PM on October 19, 2012


Detectives Pembleton and Bayliss Investigate

With Detective John Munch (Please!)
posted by Marky at 10:07 PM on October 19, 2012


Troy and Abed on hiaaaaatus (nights)
posted by gronkpan at 10:31 PM on October 19, 2012 [5 favorites]


I am embarrassed to know this, but Psych did a Twin Peaks homage. With Sherilyn Fenn! And Leland!

Don't be embarrassed! Psych is great. Cheesy, light and excellent is what USA seems to do well - I make no excuses for my love of Miami Vice 2: Bruce Campbell Drinks Beer While Some Wooden Spy Guy Blows Stuff Up.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:32 PM on October 19, 2012 [9 favorites]


I can't wait for oct 19th to come around.
posted by KMB at 10:42 PM on October 19, 2012 [2 favorites]


I guess that explains why they picked up a second spinoff of The Office. They're really squeezing everything they can out of that one, yikes.

Two things to consider:

1) The Jeffersons was the second spin-off of All in the Family.

2) There hasn't been a really good network TV black sitcom this decade and, depending on your view of how terrible My Wife and Kids was, possibly last decade too. America has got to be hungry for a new George Jefferson, Cliff Huxtable or Carl Winslow by now.
posted by Talez at 11:12 PM on October 19, 2012


I guess that explains why they picked up a second spinoff of The Office.

Where does it say that series is a spinoff? This is another article with more details but nothing indicates he is playing the same character.
posted by Gary at 12:21 AM on October 20, 2012


Okay, sorry, I guess I misunderstood this part: "(Apparently, that job offer from Jim doesn't pan out.) "
posted by troika at 12:49 AM on October 20, 2012


I have no idea what any of this means but am fairly sure it is a really shitty way to make television programmes.
posted by fullerine at 4:56 AM on October 20, 2012


The only good thing I can say about the way Community is being handled is that during its hiatus I discovered Parks and Rec, which is significantly better than sliced bread.
posted by ersatz at 6:18 AM on October 20, 2012


They are bringing "Whitney" back? That show is awful beyond belief.
posted by karlos at 7:09 AM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Awful, you see, is a step above what NBC routinely cancels.


I guess I will go out to look at the changing leaves of Fall and find some October 19th.
posted by Atreides at 7:47 AM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I look forward to an ideal future episode in which Pierce dies/moves to australia and is eaten by a spider/is incarcerated/dies/dies some more.

Perhaps a dingo will eat him, baby!
posted by PapaLobo at 4:56 PM on October 20, 2012


It'll always be October 19th in my heart.
posted by drezdn at 5:01 PM on October 20, 2012


I'll say the unpopular thing, which is that Whitney actually grew on me. The first few episodes were like network execubots said, "CREATE FUNNY TEE-VEE USING ROBO-HUMAN SITUATIONAL HUMOR." They were nearly unwatchable and very unfunny. But as the season progressed, it started to allow a more unique voice (I assume Whitney Cummings' voice) through, and Whitney and Alex have a fairly unusual relationship for network television. It's pretty Standard Sitcom-y (like, clearly they're still sending the writing team notes that say "make sure to do Standard Sitcom Plot #23!), but the take on the standard situations got more up-to-date and interesting as the season went by.

Also the scene were Roxanne and Mark were giving Roxanne her hormone shots in the stomach was so hilariously acted that I almost peed myself and the first season was worth it for that scene alone.

But Community on its worst day is still way more hilarious than Whitney's best episode from the first season.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 8:20 PM on October 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Britta isn't dumb, she's literally the worst.

Agreed. Part of me is amazed by the balls the writers have at taking someone who is obviously an attractive and smart actress and turning her into a cringe-worthy doofus in practically every scene. But it's a failed experiment relative to the awesomeness of the other characters. I'm about half way through the second season. Does she get any better?
posted by quadog at 9:58 PM on October 20, 2012


Speaking of Britta, one of my favorite little easily-missed jokes was suggesting that Annie should be the Anne Hathaway lookalike in the celebrity lookalikes episode, because Britta is an uncanny Anne Hathaway lookalike in certain lights and angles.
posted by jason_steakums at 10:12 PM on October 20, 2012


Part of me is amazed by the balls the writers have at taking someone who is obviously an attractive and smart actress and turning her into a cringe-worthy doofus in practically every scene. But it's a failed experiment relative to the awesomeness of the other characters. I'm about half way through the second season.

Britta reminds me of Diane Chambers on Cheers. She is smart and attractive but pretentious and arrogant. She talks about the problems in the world as if they were critically important, but complaining is as far as it goes with her. The sexual tension between Britta and Jeff would not be nearly as interesting or funny if she were not flawed in some significant way - same with Sam and Diane.
posted by krinklyfig at 2:39 AM on October 21, 2012


I'd rather wait than have Community put in the Homicide: Life on the Street-memorial death slot

Homicide might have been on Friday nights, but it was on for seven years! I happen to think that was the slot that saved the show - because it wasn't ever expected to rate highly on Friday nights.
posted by crossoverman at 4:04 AM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]



Agreed. Part of me is amazed by the balls the writers have at taking someone who is obviously an attractive and smart actress and turning her into a cringe-worthy doofus in practically every scene. But it's a failed experiment relative to the awesomeness of the other characters. I'm about half way through the second season. Does she get any better?
posted by quadog at 9:58 PM on October 20 [+] [!]


Nope. By Season 3, she's Homer Simpson.

I dont think her character was a doofus in Season 1 though, actually pretty intelligent but not trying very hard and with lots of pretensions
posted by Bwithh at 10:55 AM on October 21, 2012


Agreed. Part of me is amazed by the balls the writers have at taking someone who is obviously an attractive and smart actress and turnings her into a cringe-worthy doofus in practically every scene. But it's a failed experiment relative to the awesomeness of the other characters. I'm about half way through the second season. Does she get any better?

Is it really that ballsy to make a self-proclaimed feminist woman stupid? Really?

I feel the same way about Annie, a clearly intelligent woman, whose biggest character trait is being naive. How has her character developed, other than moving in with Troy and Abed and wearing increasingly low cut shirts?
posted by troika at 1:42 PM on October 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


will hold Community to replace 30 Rock in January

Speaking of 30 Rock... woah, the season premier of it was the worst episode of that show I've ever seen, and I've watched every single one. It was so bad that I decided to never watch another one. Last season was already "ho hum" and the season premier just put a fork in it for me.
posted by e40 at 1:50 PM on October 21, 2012


I feel the same way about Annie, a clearly intelligent woman, whose biggest character trait is being naive.

She's naive because her character is the youngest & barely-out-of-high-school in Season 1 - but I agree that this is wearing thin at this point. She's also someone who went through drugs rehab before the series and then lived during the series in an extremely rough neighborhood (to the point where she started carrying a handgun - a real one, not a paintball one). But she's still naive & innocent & inexperienced in Season 3
posted by Bwithh at 2:07 PM on October 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Speaking of 30 Rock... woah, the season premier of it was the worst episode of that show I've ever seen, and I've watched every single one. It was so bad that I decided to never watch another one. Last season was already "ho hum" and the season premier just put a fork in it for me.

7x02 was even worse. I actually thought the show improved in Seasons 5 & 6, but this year has definitely got Season 4's stink all over it.
posted by crossoverman at 7:08 PM on October 21, 2012


'Britta is literally the worst' is something they say repeatedly on the show. I like the character, I was just quoting the show.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:39 AM on October 22, 2012


Troy and Abed air on Thursday (nights)
posted by King Bee at 7:50 PM on October 30, 2012


February 7th is the new October 19th.
posted by drezdn at 8:11 PM on October 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm pleased with this turn of events. It's on Thursday and it rations out the amount of time there's good tv to watch.
Now if only I could watch 30 Rock on Hulu on my Roku consistently from week to week.
posted by bleep at 8:35 PM on October 30, 2012


I'm going to believe that this is the future of an additional two seasons and a movie.
posted by Atreides at 6:23 AM on October 31, 2012 [2 favorites]


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