Well, folks, it has been officially announced that Community will return to our lives and small screens on February 7th, 2013 at 8PM.
I know what you’re thinking.
You’re thinking: “But… wait. That means the Halloween episode will air on Valentine’s Day.”
You’re thinking: “But… wait. February 7th is a Thursday. That means we’re replacing 30 Rock, right? And that means we’ll be back in our old time slot, facing the same competition we have for the last three years.”
And you’re also probably thinking: “But… wait. Thirteen episodes would take us into May, without any breaks. And the middle or end of May if we DID take weeks off. So that means we’re not getting a back nine.”
Community Held Hostage, Day 10. Things are starting to feel dire. The longer we go without any word, the more I fear we’ll be airing in January. There was a giant tease yesterday when TV.com listed a return date of 11/1/12…which would have meant that Up All Night was toast and Community was moving into its place. Alas, that rumor proved to be false when TV.com confirmed that all listings are user-generated. It’s a double edge sword…I desperately want my show back, but I ALSO don’t want it airing in the bloodbath that is the NBC Thursday Night line-up. So the Community fandom continues to wait and watch the ratings for Animal Practice and Guys with Kids like a hawk. With any luck, by this time tomorrow, one or both of those shows will be off the line-up.
But I’m not writing this blog to be a downer. Not today anyway. Today I choose to celebrate what I love about Community by naming my top 5 episodes. I talked this over with Jenn yesterday for a good while…how to even pick a top 5? Surely a top 10 would be easier and more forgiving of personal sentiment over episode quality. All of that is true. But I wanted to choose a top 5. Someone of these choices reflect personal preference, some of the episodes are ones that are no brainers. All of them are episodes I would choose to show a Community newbie to hook them into the series. So here we go…POP POP.
5) Debate 109
This is my most sentimental Top 5 choice. I chose this episode because the moment in that gif? That’s the exact moment that I fell in love with Community…when Annie Edison took down her hair and Jeff Winger was completely gobsmacked by it. I remember watching this episode in my season one marathon and this moment happened and I sat up and said, “Ooooohhh…now THIS is interesting.” And the rest of the episode sealed the deal. I was all in with Community. I don’t think the writers had ANY idea what would happen when they put Jeff and Annie (or more specifically, Joel McHale and Alison Brie) together. Their chemistry is nothing short of electric.
PS Dan Harmon, I’m 33 years old and I ship Jeff and Annie like no one’s business. And it’s NOT because I think they look cute together.
It was a completely normal Monday evening. Until this happened. 11 Days before its season premiere, NBC pulls Community (and for those who care, Whitney) from the schedule, with no word on WHEN they will air. And THEN they issue a complete bullshit official statement that really doesn’t say much, other than they would rather continue promoting Revolution, The New Normal and Go On over Community. The optimistic side of me says that cancellation is nigh for Animal Practice, Up All Night, and Guys With Kids and we (YES WE) will be moved from Fridays to an earlier weeknight. The other side of me is fretting over our chances for a back 9 order. The other side of me is paralyzed with fear that we will be held until January. The other side of me can only express her rage though gifs. So here we go…
Community Fans are my favorite people on the planet.
I have had the pleasure of meeting several of my Community Twitter friends over the past few months and they have all been nothing but delightful. I feel like there is an automatic bond between us all for loving such an amazing (and underappreciated) show that when we finally meet in person…there is nothing to do but hug each other. And maybe cry a little bit. To paraphrase Community Writer Andy Bobrow, I would do anything for Community Fans, which makes me finally understand war. Because we have been through a WAR together against NBC, Sony and the Nielsen Ratings System to save our beautiful little show.
A few months ago the lovely Catherine, who has been a ringleader in the “Save Community” movement tweeted me about doing a publicity stunt to promote the return of Community (October 19th at 8:30/7:30C…set your DVRs!!), to which I replied “Of COURSE I will be there!” We planned a kazoo serenade of the Community Theme Song, “At Least It Was Here” and a straitjacket escape by another twitter pal Sean Von Gorman. Cause if there is anything that will attract a crowd in New York City, it is someone flailing about on the sidewalk trying to get out of a straitjacket.
Also, it’s a nice nod to Community’s “Paradigms of Human Memory”, which features a scene with the Greendale Seven in straitjackets after ingesting too much mercury.
I’m going to be there. You should be too. Community fans are among the greatest people on the planet. And if I have anything to do with it, there WILL be Yard Margs afterwards.
Contact: Catherine Boyd; Sean Von Gorman
Kazoos and a straightjacket among props employed to help save Community
NEW YORK, N.Y., September 19, 2012 – In a mash-up of outlandish talents, fans of the NBC sitcom Community will serenade the 30 Rockefeller Plaza NBC store on kazoos, then Sean Von Gorman will attempt to escape from a straightjacket, in a passionate bid to save the show from cancellation after mid-season.
Fans will perform the Community theme song “At Least it was Here” on kazoo, then create a kazoo (and perhaps ukulele) orchestra to accompany Sean Von Gorman’s straitjacket escape.
The lengths fans will go to in order to save a show from cancellation seem to know no bounds. Antics like these are especially fitting in raising the profile of Community, a perpetual underdog buoyed by voracious fans who relate to the characters’ predilection for fantasy and geekery.
“If you could print one quote from us, please tell everyone to watch NBC Communty on Friday, October 19th, 8:30pm, and set your DVRs to watch by Monday every week. The one thing that unites Community fans is the love of the absurd. If you join our event, we promise that you will be laughing and having a great time. Also, our friend Sean Von Gorman puts on a fine show with his straitjacket escape. I don’t think we have the permit necessary for a Human Cannonball act yet.”
Any and all fans are invited to participate and can RSVP via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/305143179593913/; the event is BYOK (Bring Your Own Kazoo). The event’s organizers, Catherine Boyd, Sean Von Gorman, and others involved are available for advance interviews via phone and email.
EVENT: “Save Community” Kazoo Serenade and Sean Von Gorman Straightjacket Escape
DATE and TIME: October 4, 2012, 1:00pm. EST
LOCATION: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, sidewalk near NBC store (49th Street btw 5th and 6th)
Sean Von Gorman is a comic book artist. His Houdini comic spawned fantastic straitjacket and chain escapes! http://seanvongormanart.carbonmade.com/