As our friends at the TV Column reported, the fates of NBC’s trifecta of beloved Thursday night comedies are slowly being revealed.
“Community” has been renewed for a 13-episode season, as has “30 Rock”. It will be the latter’s seventh and final season, while “Community’s” future beyond its just announced fourth season remains unclear.
Also not renewed as of yet (and not included in my trio of comedies worth worrying about) is “The Office,” which has just concluded its weakest season yet. As much as I love Jim, Pam and Andy, it may be time to let them go. TV Without Pity put it best in the tweet, “The fact that a large part of #TheOffice season finale revolved around a soiled diaper just about sums up the year.”
There was some confusion on Twitter about whether or not the three shows had been canceled, leading to declarations of sadness and anger. The source of this misunderstanding seems to have stemmed from a report on Opposing Views, which was retweeted many times over.
But now that we know the truth about “Community’s” and “30 Rock’s” future, let’s turn to the reactions.
Despite being a prolific tweeter, Alec Baldwin stayed mostly silent on Twitter about news of “30 Rock’s” final season. He simply said, “The end is nigh.”
Baldwin had hinted that his time playing Jack Donaghy was coming to an end when he tweeted last month that he was “leaving NBC just in time.” The actor had become rather upset with the network after a “Today” show reporter stood outside his New York home to report on his fiance Hilaria Thomas.
Cast members from “Community,” a show that fans have fought tooth and nail to keep on the air, were in much higher spirits.
Thank you fans. Thank you NBC/Sony. Season 4. Holla!— Danny Pudi (@dannypudi) May 11, 2012
And one more thing guys, who cares how many eps we got. Just rejoice in the pick-up, PLEASE! It wasn't guaranteed. It's a blessing! Thanks.— yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown) May 11, 2012
“Community” creator and current showrunner Dan Harmon wasn’t quite as sunny and used the opportunity to comment on his reported beef with cast member Chevy Chase.
Deadline reported that, because of this, it was unclear if Harmon would return as showrunner. He tweeted, “Guys, if I ‘didn't come back,’ it wouldn't be because Chevy's a [jerk.] That'd be like punching a wall because water's wet. Now CELEBRATE!”