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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 ()


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The Television Critic's Association is ongoing, and for those unfamiliar, that's where the network executives get together a blow smoke up TV critics' asses about what we can expect from their upcoming slate of programming, make a lot of false promises, pay lip service to fans, and then turn around and do whateverthefuck they feel like doing.

In that vein, NBC executives probably deal with questions about "Community" more than any other show on their schedule (now that "Chuck" is gone), and I suspect their thought process is always something along the lines of, "Why the hell do people keep asking about this goddamn show. Nobody even watches it. Why do I have to deal with this money loser? Why isn't anyone asking us about 'Go On,' the highest rated new sitcom of the season?"

It's because no one cares about "Go On." It's also the show most likely to be watched in the background while people make dinner.

NBC President Robert Greenblatt, who puts up with we TV peons, did his duty yesterday, paying lip service to the "Community" fans, although you know he doesn't mean a word of it:

"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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  • Uriah_Creep

    multi-camera laugh-track “comedy” shows make Baby Jesus cry.

  • I'm not surprised Emily Spivey left "Up all Night". Given that the last episode was a flashback to Chris and Reagan's wedding and revealed how Amy got her name it was pretty much a finale anyway. Too bad, because that was my favorite new show last year. I can't imagine it will survive this 2nd reboot but I'm morbidly curious how much they mainstream up the Brinkley's to make the show "broader".

    I've said it before, I think this is Parks' last season. I just don't see an NBC where that show continues given their "exciting" new direction with all of the other single camera shows ending or being cancelled.

  • Kate

    Awww, I quite like Go On. It's no Community or P&R, but it's better than most (far better than Up All Night which is pretty much unwatchable at this point).

    It would be great if networks would just cut out the middleman when it comes to cult shows. The people who watch them are rarely watching them when they air, but they would download or stream episodes for a small fee so just put them straight online. See how popular and profitable they are then.

  • Pat

    When will networks realize that showrunners are essential and should work to try to keep them. We viewers are not as dumb as they think and have basically figured out that new showrunners usually mean a dip in quality. We notice that and have no qualms about leaving when your shit starts to stink.

  • Quatermain

    I've not seen any of 'Revolution' or really heard anything about it outside of here, and this has probably been remarked upon ad nauseam...but if civilization has gone and collapsed and everyone has been scrounging around in the ruins, how is that guy still so fat?

    Also, even though I know it's probably just a short skirt, that girl next to Joel McHale in the header picture looks like she was caught not wearing any pants and is slightly embarrassed by that fact.

  • Erin S

    "More heart?" Balderdash. Dan Harmon may have been a manic, bitter, difficult showrunner, but I doubt anyone could love Community and its characters more than that guy. I think they meant to say "more Chevy pratfalls."

  • dizzylucy

    I love that they get bombarded with questions about a show they probably wish they'd already cancelled.

    Multi-camera, laugh track sitcom for Up All Night? Yeah, I'm probably outta there. Love Will, Christina, and Maya, but I don't think I could deal with that. If something constantly needs THAT much re-tooling (which it didn't, I thought the first season was OK as is) then maybe it's time to just let it go.
    The only re-tooling I'm encouraged by is Smash - from what I've read, it's like they took the list of complaints I had about the show and are addressing every one of them.

    They better just let Parks & Rec be, don't interfere, and let it run until the show decides to end on its own. Anything else is unacceptable.

  • apsutter

    If ANYONE fucks with P&R I will fucking murder them!

  • "Those Bastards..." in the title but then you edit "bullsh*t" in the story...odd.

  • AudioSuede

    Only one of those words is in the Bible.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I'm just so relieved that The Office is ending. I realised this morning that Gabe is gone. He is gone, right? I spend most episodes being surprised that the English woman is still on the show; I always forget about her.

  • JoseSD

    What I don't get is why they never explained Kelly or Ryan leaving too, this show has been terrible since Steve Carrel left

  • They did, but it was very quick and at the beginning of this season. Kelly got a job out of state and Ryan freaked out and followed her. That was basically it although I may have it reversed.

  • apsutter

    Yea they sent his ass back to florida because everyone hated him.

  • poopnado

    Parks and Rec should jump ship to FX. Can you imagine how deliciously raunchy it would become? But you know, still cute.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    I dunno if I could handle more of that...

  • lowercase_ryan

    and try to imagine a graphic Fart Attack...oh my

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    Expecting punch upside the head as I fear arseholes are abhorred round these parts but ask and from google you shall receive.

  • AudioSuede

    Everything is wrong, and nothing feels good.

    Well, except cuddling a puppy. God damn, it still feels right.

  • lowercase_ryan

    if it's an NBC puppy it will simultaneously shit and vomit in your lap, mid-cuddle.

  • Blake

    If it's a puppy NBC has given you they will probably rip it from your hands, toss it into a garbage bag and head for the nearest river.

  • Lo, what horror must have befallen that puppy parade?

  • Mrs. Julien

    But its ears are so soft!

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