Those Bastards At NBC Continue To String Us Along On the Fate of "Community," Plus More on "The Office" and "Up All Night"

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 7, 2013 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 7, 2013 |

"I think you'll see relatively the same show that you did before, maybe with a little bit more heart built into it. But we didn't fundamentally change it. We're absolutely hopeful it will lead to a fifth season," Greenblatt said. "I'd love nothing more than to see it continue."

Really? Because you have that power, Bob. You can ignore the ratings and the bottom line and choose to keep "Community," if only because -- should you drop it and "Parks and Recreation" -- you're going to lose ALL the cool kids. NBC would then be CBS II, just another network that we mostly ignore.

In other matters related to NBC and its continued demise, Greenblatt noted that the series finale of "The Office," will be an hour long and it's unlikely to have a Steve Carell cameo, because Steve wants to leave well enough alone. "I'm hopeful, but I don't think he will be back," Greenblatt said. "He left in the way that he wanted that character to leave, and he and Greg talked about it and I don't think he will."

There is also word that "Up All Night" -- which retooled between season one and two, abandoning a couple of characters and picking up a few more, before going on hiatus to retool again, from a single-camera comedy to a multi-camera laugh-track "comedy" -- has now lost its showrunner and creator, Emily Spivey, who probably just got tired of dealing with the corporate bullsh*t. By this time next year, I'm sure "Up All Night" will have retooled again, changing its title, killing off the kid and Will Arnett, and becoming a Bridesmaids-like sitcom.

In other items of minor note, Bob Greenblatt said that it was too early to talk about Jimmy Fallon succeeding Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show," that they may take another stab at "The Munsters" remake, and that classy girls don't kiss in bars.

Also, here's the trailer for the mid-season return of "Revolution." May God be with you.

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