Dan Harmon may have the last (symbolic) last laugh after being ousted from Community’s fourth (and likely final) season. Fans rallied to save the show on Twitter under the hashtag #sixseasonsandamovie (a Community in-joke) and won the show a fourth (shortened) season, but Dan Harmon was pushed out shortly after the announcement by the network in favor of new writers.
Yet on Tuesday The Broadcast Television Journalists Association announced their nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards and NBC had the most nods of any network (14)... thanks to Community, which was responsible for nearly half of them, including 'Best Comedy Series.') The six nominations are double what the show received last year, when Dani Pudi (Abed) won Best Supporting Actor (a category he is again nominated for.)
Community was nominated in the following four categories:
Best Comedy Series
Community – NBC
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
Joel McHale (Jeff Winger) – Community – NBC
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Danny Pudi (Abed Nidir) – Community – NBC
Jim Rash (Dean Craig Pelton) – Community – NBC
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Alison Brie (Annie Edison) – Community – NBC
Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry) – Community – NBC
The half dozen nominations provide more anecdotal evidence that the problem with the show was that NBC didn’t know how to package it, not that the show wasn't funny (as the network and, unfortunately, Chevy Chase, seemed to feel.) Community didn't fail NBC, NBC failed Community.
Fans can at least look forward to a short fourth season for some sort of closure, which certainly isn't nothing. However after the tone of Dan Harmon’s final blog post it seems unlikely he’ll be around in even a consultant capacity, so fans will have to cross their fingers and hope for the best.
Unfortunately it still looks like Troy and Abed are only 13 short, Harmon free episodes away from leaving the airwaves for good, proving one thing once and for all...
We are living in the darkest timeline...