It seemed too good to be true that Community should return to NBC’s Friday lineup next week. The fourth season would return under the helm of new showrunners on October 19th after a few months of uncertainty over its future. After so much tumult surrounding the show during the spring, people were poised to approach the new season with some worry. It turned out that uneasiness was warranted.
NBC put out a statement on Monday stating that Community—along with Whitney, but who cares—would not return to this upcoming Friday comedy schedule they had planned because it was not a death slot at all, oh no. It is just that they’re so busy, you guys, with this great new Monday through Wednesday stuff they have out, so this comedy thing will just be tucked away into their “back pocket” just in case something changes down the line.
Now, Friday isn’t too bad a day for NBC. They have a Grimm rerun at 8. Then a new Grimm at 9. Then Dateline plays because people just didn’t get enough of unsettling murder stories. But really, Grimm does well on a night that worked well for the X-Files. If NBC planned to fit Community into the 8:30pm slot, it didn’t seem to be a move in earnest.
The New York Times put up an interview this morning with new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, who seemed game to steer Community while keeping Dan Harmon’s creation “what it was.” Sony and NBC must’ve thought Guarascio and Port to be dopey and flexible when hiring them, so fans will be happy to know that in terms of storylines, the pair put their foot down and said, “We came on to keep doing this. We did have to draw a couple lines in the sand.”
At this point, however, fans won’t see Community get the chance to win them over under new leadership. NBC claims to be focusing on Monday to Wednesday promotion and how some shows hold up, code for Animal Practice’s cancellation. Here’s hoping to a January premiere of Community, at the very least.
Kyle MaClachlan to Return to “Twin Peaks”
Grab some coffee and a whole spread of doughnuts: Kyle MaClachlan will return to the Twin Peaks follow up as Agent Dale Cooper.
MaClachlan, whom younger fans will recognize as the Mayor on IFC’s Portlandia, teased his return on Twitter back in October. Twin Peaks creators David Lynch and Mark Frost will write and produce all nine episodes of the limited run series, according to Showtime’s press release. Showtime will also replay the first two seasons of the original, but for the impatient, you can catch those on Netflix. Please, go do that.
Online AMERICAN IDOL XIV Auditions Now Live
If you’ve missed any Idol audition stops in cities near or not-so-near to you, American Idol is giving you the chance to create online submissions! From now until September 26, anyone who is 15-28 years old as of June 1, 2014 can submit a video. Your selection must be a capella, but if you have a guitar or piano to go along with your arrangement, that’s good as well. Access to the online auditions can be found here along with a handy FAQ for any more questions you may have.
Give it a shot and good luck!
Whisker Wars Returns for Second Season
“Whisker Wars,” IFC’s docu-reality program following the world of competitive beard growing, returns on November 23rd!
In honor of Bearded President’s Day, IFC supplies fans with an exclusive clip of the season premiere. We glimpse the harrowing crossroads for former champion Jack Passion after the loss of his title last year. Will he continue on to take back the title? Or will he succumb to the lull of the clippers and shear it all away? Tune in November 23rd at 10pm to find out!
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