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Bubble Watch: Will Community Survive Cancellation?

NBC Sets Community Air Date

Anybody who reads this blog will already know what I’m about to say already – I love Community.

It’s easily the funniest, cleverest and geekiest comedy show on TV and it’s kind of addictive. And by kind of, I mean entirely.

But will my favourite comedy show survive cancellation?

As it Stands

Let’s take a look at the situation as it stands; NBC, the network broadcasting Community, have already made a decision regarding some of their shows and thus far I feel they’ve chosen correctly.

Firstly, Parks and Recreation, my second favourite comedy show on TV right now, was renewed for a sixth last night. I love this show. I love the characters and I love the humour. Quality television right here.

In addition to the news of a renewal, came two cancellations in the form of Whitney and 1600 Penn. I didn’t watch either show so I can’t really pass judgement on their quality, other than I’m glad Parks and Rec was chosen over these two, but this proves a little worrying for Community.

Why? Let me explain.

All three shows joined Community’On the Bubble’ i.e. the network hadn’t made a decision about their future. Despite this uncertainty, the boys over at TV By The Numbers write regular updates about such show and determine how likely they are to be renewed.

So far, they’ve got a couple of predictions right. They determined that Parks and Rec had 100% chance of being renewed (which it did) and that 1600 Penn had 0% chance of being renewed (which it didn’t).

However, it gets a little bit more worrying when it comes to Whitney. They gave Whitney a 51-55% chance of being renewed and as I reported above, it hasn’t.

So where is Community on this list? Community got a 52-60% chance of being renewed.

So what does this mean? It means Community could still go either way depending on which direction the network.

Impending Doom?

But don’t let the lack of NBC decision fool you; the fate of Community may well and truly be sealed.

The show has suffered a good number of setbacks leading up to the previous season which many believed sealed the fate of the show; the show creator Dan Harmon was essentially fired, one of the lead cast (Chevy Chase) members threw a tantrum and walked out on the show and the season air date was pushed back four months.

It was indeed worrying times for Community fans, but things got worse.

Show creator Dan Harmon was replaced by Just Shoot Me writers Moses Port and David Guarascio in the hopes of appealing to a wider audience. Fans of the show worried that this would bring an end to it’s quirky and deeply embedded geek nature that made the show endearing. But it didn’t. The content of the show remained as awesome as ever, but that didn’t help with viewing figures.

The ratings for the new season disappointed, with the show on April 25th dipping to a series low in the 18-to-49 ratings category – the category the advertisers of the show monitor most.

Fate sealed?

So is Community’s fate well and truly sealed? The answer is no. The show is still on the bubble and could go either way.

But Community has a lot more to offer than the likes of Whitney and 1600 Penn. The show has amassed a fierce and loyal audience, obtaining the mantle of cult classic with relative ease. Fans would kill for the show, I have no doubt (don’t get any ideas, NBC).

The show has also gathered the required number of episodes required for syndication which has the potential to be a real money-maker for the network. Will NBC be willing to give that up?

I doubt it and I doubt this is the last we’ve seen of the show.

And yes, I still think it’s a million times better than The Big Bang Theory.

What do you think?

Is this the end of Community? Will NBC renewed the show? Will we get six seasons and a movie? Let me know what you think in the comments below – it’d be awesome to hear your opinion!

PS – Have you see these awesome Community T-Shirts?

Awesome, right?

8. His Star-Burns Bright

Star Burns Bright

In at number 8 on this entirely awesome list, is the “His Star Burns Bright” T-Shirt created by Tom Kurzanski.

For those of you unfamiliar with the show or are wondering just what the hell this t-shirt is about, the design is based on an episode at the end of the third series in which a subsiduary character by the name of Star Burns (he crafts his spectacular sideburns into stars – hence the name) dies in an explosion – he was cooking meth in the back of his van the venture goes terribly wrong.

Or is he? A montage at the end of the season shows that he faked his own death. To what end? Nobody knows for sure, but for whatever reason this design is awesome!

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7. Troy and Abed’s Dope Adventures

Troy and Abed's Dope Adventures

In at number 7 is the awesome “Troy and Abed’s Dope Adventures” design by Megan Lara.

I really like this design really emphasises the childlike relationship Troy and Abed share in the show and also because it’s based on a popular Calvin & Hobbes design.

The inspiration for the design clearly came from Troy’s line in the show “You should be like Calvin. His best friend was a tiger, he always went on dope adventures, and if anything stood in his way, he just peed on it.” which I find totally cool.

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6. Inspector Spacetime Blorgon Edition

Inspector Spacetime Blorgon Edition

In at number 6 is the “Inspector Spacetime Blorgon Edition” by RexRayGun.

No Community based list of awesome t-shirt design would ever be complete without an Inspector Spacetime t-shirt. Inspector Spacetime is a fictional television show in the Community universe very clearly based on Dr. Who. The crew wean Abed onto the show after he’s upset that his favourite TV programme has been cancelled.

I think the design is pretty cool and adaptable to a variety of different t-shirt colors. It combines all aspects of Inspector Spactime you need as well as having a real eye-catching design. Awesome.

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5. Donde Esta La Biblioteca

Greendale Crest

In at number 5 is the “Donde Esta La Biblioteca” design by Megan Lara.

The design name comes from the super awesome Spanish rap Troy and Abed develop in the first season of the show and the design itself is an artist imagining of the Greendale Community College crest. The design features a number of awesome in jokes such as “Annie’s Boob’s” the Monkey, the Chicken Fingers from season one’s “Contemporary American Poultry” show, the Greendale Community College Mascot – The Greendale “Human Being” and of course the man himself Magnitude – “Pop Pop”! Awesome design.

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4. Paintballers


In at number 4 is the “Paintballers” design by WinterArtwork.

I love this design because not only does it reference Community, but it also references one of my favourite film franchises ever – The Ghostbusters. Major geekage and a complete win for me.

The design is based on the entirely awesome “Fistfull of Paintballs” and “For a Few Paintballs More” episodes from the end of the second season. As the titles would suggest, the arc has a very Spaghetti Western feel to it and is a very well crafted story – if you haven’t done already, you should definitely check them out.

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3. Greendale Seven

The Greendale Seven

In at number 3 is entirely awesome “Greendale Seven” design by Mark Wesler.

The design is mash-up of the ultra-stylistic Ocean’s Eleven (the original’s my fav BTW) and the awesome Community story arc at the end of the third season. I love it because the design is just breath-takingly gorgeous to look at as well as being a creative way to do a mash-up. Love it.

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2. Changlourious Basterds

Changlorious Basterds

The runner-up in my list is this “Changlorious Basterds” design by Megan Lara.

I love this design because it’s another great mash-up design, but with one of my favourite movies of all time: Quentin Tarantino’s awesome war movie Inglorious Basterd’s. The design is awesome and no list could ever be complete without reference to the awesomeness of Senor Chang. The design epitomises the character so well from the story arc at the end of the third season it’s unreal and it’s so well crafted. A very deserving second for me.

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1. E Pluribus Anus

E Pluribus Anus

And my FAVOURITE Community t-shirt design is “E Pluribus Anus” by Tom Trager.

One of my favourite laugh out loud moments from the entire show is when we find out that the Greendale Community College flag has been design to remarkably resemble an anus and this is that design. So not only do you get to walk around with, for all intents and purproses, an anus on your t-shirt but you get to walk around with anus made up of 20 awesome iconic artifacts from the show.

I love it – fantastic design, awesome concept.

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