NBC Boss 'Absolutely Hopeful' That Community Will Have a 5th Season, But Also Yeah, Right

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Hey study group. Guess what? NBC boss Bob Greenblatt is "absolutely hopeful" that your favorite show Community will be back for a 5th season, which would be such a great and uplifting thing to hear if there was in fact a shred of realistic possibility that this could actually happen. I'm mean I'm sure Greenblatt is hopeful about a lot. He's hopeful that Hogwarts is a real place, he's hopeful that Justin Timberlake will put out a new album, he's hopeful that Taylor Swift has found true and lasting love with Harry Styles, but just because he's hopeful of these things doesn't mean that he's betting on them coming to be.

Greenblatt is also "hopeful" that we won't feel the loss of showrunner Dan Harmon. During the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, he told critics, "I think you'll see relatively the same show that you did before, maybe with a little bit more heart built into it, but we didn't fundamentally change it." (Weird Harmon burn on the whole "heart" thing. Wasn't the show pretty heartfelt before?)

Turning his attentions towards NBC's other shows, Greenblatt was asked about Steve Carell possibly returning for the series finale of The Office. His response?

"I'm hopeful, but I don't think he will be back."

See? His hope means nothing. Quit dicking us around, bro, and let us say goodbye to Greendale with a little bit of dignity.


Then again, who knows?


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The "heart" dig is pretty awful, but I wonder if he means sweeter, simpler, maybe more outwardly emotional? To me there's plenty of emotion in Harmon's Community, but you have to dig through a lot of layers/concepts/metaphors to get there.

On a side note: Is anyone watching Go On? I just watched a couple eps, but it struck me as what the network clearly wanted Community to be — more traditional sitcom, obvious jokes, scenarios, etc.