After a series of nerve-wracking changes—including the removal of showrunner Dan Harmon and a shift to a new Friday night time slot—worried Community fans may have good reason to take a deep breath. It appears the show could be here to stay.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association conference today that the show could last beyond next season if it performs well in its new Friday slot.
Citing poor ratings, NBC shortened 30 Rock and Community’s fourth season to 13 episodes in May. Greenblatt said he would love nothing more than for Community to continue, citing the show’s third-place performance among adults 18-49 as a major accomplishment for the network.
On the network’s controversial changes to the show, Greenblatt added:
“I think fans of ‘Community’ are going to get the same show they have loved from the beginning. Every so often, it’s time to make a change with a showrunner…You evaluate creatively how the show is run, how the writing staff is working. Sometimes you want to freshen the show. We just decided it was time to do that to ‘Community,’ no disrespect to anyone.”