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Community Returns Tonight: Let the Hunger Deans Begin!

Community Cast

That’s right, Human Beings, tonight is October 19 (okay, it is actually February 7) and our beloved show makes its Season 4 debut on NBC. It was supposed to premiere on the real October 19, alongside Whitney. However, NBC decided that it was in the best interest of the show to promote it heavily rather than allowing it to air. (Writer’s note: I haven’t seen this happen.) Many saw this and the departure of former showrunner Dan Haromn as two more nails in the proverbial coffin for the show, now beginning its fourth season. However, fans were promised by new producers at the San Diego Comic Con panel  that Community will retain its same charm and substance even without the show’s creator.

 

The Hunger Deans NBC once reigned supreme in the battle for comedy viewership. Sitcoms like Friends, Fraiser, and Will and Grace have been among the most beloved television shows in recent memory. With a nice balance of humor that was both approachable and intelligent, the programs which aired on NBC for the most part appealed to a more mature and smarter audience. By 2005, NBC’s grasp on the comedy market seemed to wane, with the network favoring more police procedural, media, and reality drama, though that has been standard across all networks. It has also seemed that the network has no real desire for its shows to succeed. The truly great shows have never particularly gotten the advertising that they should and/or they are placed at time slots which spell certain doom.

Case in point, Community, a show that has been pushed around by the network for the last three years. Jeff and BrittaWith troubles between creator Harmon and Chevy Chase, Chase and the network, Harmon and the network, and well, Chevy  and everyone, the disharmonious tone that was felt behind the scenes seemed to contribute to problems with the network giving the show the push (in the right direction) that it deserved. Members of the cast, who have done several IAMAs on Reddit, have all given major kudos to Dan Harmon for his hard work. When the news broke that Harmon would no longer be the showrunner, fans and stars alike rallied around him. There were flash mobs, twitter blasts, Tumblr posts, and the like which supported the cast, Harmon, and the show itself, which reinforced the fact that Community is truly a show of the people.

But as it turns out, many of the writers who helped churn out our favorite episodes stuck around, even if Harmon is no longer involved. Buzzfeed has a great list of reasons why the fourth season of Community is going to be awesome. Above all, though, it is because of the tremendous fan support. When the network all but abandoned the show, the fans never gave up, and that gave the cast and crew hope. So even if Community does not get its #sixseasonsandamovie, we will know that not only was it deserving, but that for a time, it was the smartest show on television.

It looks like we have a lot to look forward in the study group’s final year at Greendale. What are you most looking forward to this season? I cannot wait for Jeff to finally meet his father. I am also intrigued to see how they worked the departure of Chevy Chase into the story. Also, The Hunger Deans and an Inspector Spacetime convention? Really? This is fantastic.

 

What is your favorite episode of Community?

Amy Pond Finds Inspector Spacetime

Inspector Spacetime

 

Oftentimes when someone utters that their “worlds are colliding,” there is some sort of negative connotation to it, like your work buddies met your college friends and all types of secrets are spilled. However, in the universe of the Nerd-tastic, worlds colliding could actually signify the advent of such a beautiful union of superior entertainment that one wonders why no one has ever ventured through these paths before. Such was my feeling when I first saw Inspector Spacetime on Abed’s computer screen during an episode of NBC’s Community. Here was a brilliantly funny thirty minute prime-time show that embedded a spoof of my current favorite science fiction action from BBC, Doctor Who.

Here is the scene, in case you missed it:


As the inspector emerged from a red phone booth, with an assistant in tow, then being approached by some hardly menacing-looking metallic enemies, well, to be honest with you, I never imagined it would get any better than that. I figured I could wait week after week to see where the writers of Community would sneak in Inspector Spacetime references.

It was enough for an über-nerd such as myself. I could live with these conditions.

But then, those colliding worlds of mine went ahead and made a magnificent explosion.

You see, Karen Gillan who plays Amy Pond on Doctor Who – in other words, the Doctor’s current companion – found out about Inspector Spacetime. She decided to check out Community for herself and, after getting hooked (who wouldn’t?) she has even extended an invitation to the writers, “Any time you need an Amy Pond on Inspector Spacetime then just let me know!”

I know this all sounds too good to be true, so here it is, from Ms. Gillan herself:

You see? Worlds collided, but in a really, really awesome way! I say we gather our nerd forces and get #AmyMeetsAbed trending on twitter and give @karengillan2 a happy welcome to the twitter-sphere!

 

Inspector Spacetime Series Coming to the Web

A new web series was announced at Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention.Fans of Community and Doctor Who, rejoice! An announcement for an Inspector Spacetime web series was made this weekend at Gallifrey One, the Doctor Who convention held in Los Angeles. Inspector Spacetime is a fictional British television series which premiered in 1962 and just happens to be the favorite show of Troy and Abed, two characters on NBC’s comedy Community. Clips of the Inspector accompanied by his “associate” Constable Reginald have shown up in a few episodes of Community. The similarities between Inspector Spacetime and Doctor Who do not stop there; an entire history for the series has been created by Dan Harmon, the man behind Community. Instead of a blue police box, the Inspector’s mode of transportation is a red telephone box. Known enemies of the Inspector are Blogons, which he vanquishes with his “optic penknife.”

Danny Pudi and Donald Glover, Abed and Troy, will not be appearing in the series. Rather, Travis Richey, who portrays Inspector Spacetime on Community, will be producing the six-episode series. io9 is reporting that a panel for the show was held at Gallifrey One and included a dramatic reading of the first episode. Like Doctor Who, Inspector Spacetime comes from a long lineage, notable Inspectors include Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry, and Steve Carrell, who played the Inspector in a 1990s TV movie. (An American? The travesty!) No word yet on where the series will premiere, but more than likely it will be hosted on YouTube, though it could make an appearance on the NBC website. The series should be fun and a favorite for both fans of Community and Doctor Who alike.

Bringing out the inner nerd in everyone!

 

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