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Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

If NBC Cancels Community and Replaces It With a Dane Cook Sitcom, I Quit

NBC has gone and done it: they're giving Dane Cook his own sitcom. Yes, Dane! (not really the title, at least not yet) is on track for a premiere in the 2012-13 season. Cook has been given a development deal, so it's still very early in the process and may not actually happen. But hey, let's keep an open mind. It could be great, right? Maybe he'll take a cue from his new buddy Louis CK and become TV's next experimental comedy auteur. Or maybe he'll make a multicam sitcom about him being the only single bro left of all his buddies, who are now totally whipped by their wives and kids. Either way!

Not to jump to the worst possible conclusions, but it's tough not to think this way after seeing last Thursday's NBC ratings. The numbers just aren't there for the last-place network, so they're probably going to want to make some changes. And god help us, those changes might involve canceling Community or Parks and Rec and replacing it with a Dane Cook show.

But who knows, maybe on Friday morning we'll wake up to Community or Parks and Rec having added a couple million viewers each. Stranger things have happened! And with both shows approaching the season count needed to go into syndication and make NBC some more money, both having near-obsessive fan bases (hello!) and both being critical darlings, they've got a better chance of surviving the season than, say, Free Agents. So hopefully all my doom and gloom is totally off base. Here's to the 2012 season, where Community can provide a strong lead-in to Dane!

  • Jason Farr@facebook

    Don't scare me with headlines like that.

  • Robin@twitter

    No doubt that networks cancel/keep shows based on ratings, but I think they should, if they haven't already, start to consider devotion of its fanbase. If Parks and Rec were ever canceled (I can't believe I even typed that) lots of people would transfer their anger toward hating what was put on. And are dvd sales counted in ratings? I think I heard that the Community dvds were a big seller.

    • Shelley

      @Robin@twitter They still shafted Conan despite the devotion of his fanbase (and lingering hatred towards Leno). Having said that, though, that was a totally different situation for NBC than replacing Community with a potential generic hit would be. Ugh, typing that after reading your hypothetical about Parks and Rec makes me feel a little ill.

      On the plus side, I heard Dan Harmon say (I think it was on the WTF Podcast) that the sales from ads on a show like Community net the same if not more than those other generic "hit" sitcoms mainly because of the demographic of viewers. Hopefully that's factored in along with DVD sales and online views.

  • http://twitter.com/joshung Joshua Ungerleider

    Is Community that much lower than it has been though? I know the numbers weren't that great, but they were always kind of bad, no?

    Dan Harmon had said he was relieved when he got the third season renewal, because if you have a season 3, you're more likely to get a season 4 than season 2 means you get a season 3 (probably because of syndication as you mentioned, as you're approaching that magical 100 episode count).

    I have to imagine NBC didn't think Community's ratings would just magically jump up this season either, hopefully they understand they may need to settle for 4 million viewers for at least part of the season.

  • chris chris

    I would not be pleased if Community were cancelled. Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

  • martyseyeballs

    This season of Community has really been a let down so far(except for the time-line ep). I hope it gets better soon.

  • Ray Anselmo@twitter

    Poor Adam — it's like NBC actually wants to kill him …