Shirley and Dean Pelton Are Feeling Good About Community’s Chances

When Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on Community, saw the Twitter explosion about the show’s disappearance from NBC’s schedule, she says she was less bummed out than she was encouraged by the outrage of fans. “I never went to ‘Wow, what does this mean?’ It was just ‘Wow, people really love this show,’” she said. “It’s a shame they don’t have Nielsen boxes.” Oh, that’s nice. Both Brown and Jim Rash, who plays Dean Pelton, express optimism about the show’s return, even telling the story of a network executive coming to last week’s table-read in a homemade “Save Community” shirt, which is pretty wonderful. Maybe it’s all gonna be okay! It has to be. Because this pairing of actors has given me a real hankering for a Shirley-Dean storyline.

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