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Community returns at PaleyFest

March 4, 2012

It’s been a long time since we’ve met up with the Community gang what with all of NBC’s hiatus shenanigans. Happily a return date has been announced for this oddball comedy and PaleyFest goers even got to see the March 15 episode early (which kind of sucked for us Livestream viewers who didn’t get to see the episode, but had bits of it spoiled in the subsequent panel!).

While Community is certainly not my favorite half-hour comedy, it’s pretty clear that the show does have its share of die hards. When the show went on hiatus, its specific return date undetermined, there was a huge outcry from fans calling for NBC to save the show, mostly via social media platforms. It was a stirring example of the power of the people (and such a worthy cause too). I only wish social media existed when Arrested Development was suffering the same fate.

Amusingly, executive producer Neil Goldman said that while the enthusiasm and fervor of the fans was much appreciated, it wasn’t exactly necessary to such an extent because the show producers always knew they were coming back to finish season 3. But he did encourage people to express their Community-love to NBC for a season 4 renewal.

One of the most interesting parts of the panel for me was when show creator Dan Harmon explained the show’s script-breaking process. Basically, an episode starts from an “area” the writers want to focus on and the story and script slowly form into an “embryo,” then finally a hilarious baby. As a writer, it reinforced my confidence in my own creative process – so this is an effective way of writing.

Dean Pelton has always been one of my favorite characters, and after this panel I learned I love the actor who plays him, Jim Rash, even more. He’s a naturally funny guy. In fact, all the cast members are funny. I’ve never understood how actors that aren’t actually funny themselves end up on sitcoms. Whatever, I’m not watching those ones anyways.

Can’t wait until March 15!


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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 6, 2012 7:51 am

    Man, that’s exactly what I was thinking when they were talking about how the fans “saved” the show. Arrested Development!!! Why G*d why?
    I’m excited for the episode spent in the imagination room or whatever. Could be horrible. Could be mind-blowing.

    • March 6, 2012 1:09 pm

      You mean the dreamatorium. Yes, I’m looking forward to that too. I love how everyone thought the Remedial Chaos Theory episode was so amazing. After a while it started to drag for me.

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