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NBC's "Community" Will Not Be Cancelled This Season

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 4, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | November 4, 2010 |

Not only was the Halloween themed episode of “Community” the second-best episode of the series’ run, but it also reached a season high in the ratings with 5.6 million viewers. And rather than attribute it to the “Shared Shrekless” Halloween special lead-in, I’m going to delude myself into thinking that we were responsible for the ratings uptick, after we introduced clips from the show the day of last week.

That’s the power of Pajiba, people. We save quality shows from cancellation, except for all those other quality shows that were cancelled. And now, you can all pat yourselves on the back because “Community” will not be cancelled this season. I mean, it’s not official or anything, but NBC did order two additional episodes of the show. And they’d already ordered 22, which is a full-season order itself. You don’t normally order an additional two episodes if you plan on nixing the show midway through the season. I mean: It is NBC, and it’s not like they have a lot of business sense, but I think it’s safe to assume they’re not that idiotic.

So, watch “Community” again tonight, and maybe NBC will order another two additional episodes, and then in May, they’ll start running hour-long blocks of new eps of “Community” in the place of “Outsourced.” Of course, then Dan Harmon will probably run out of ideas, and we’ll all be bitching because “Community” nuked the fridge after Abed and Shirley hooked up.

Anyway, to encourage you to tune in tonight, here’s a clip. Hilary Duff is guesting on a Mean Girls inspired ep, and this one looks like it’s going to contain all sorts of Abed awesomeness.

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