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Community Gets a Season Five! Here Are Other Geeky Shows That Made the Cut And Got the Axe

Over the last few days lists of TV shows renewed, cancelled, greenlit, and not picked up have been rolling in. We’ve already told you about a few: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been picked up, because of course it has, as has Alfonso Cuarón‘s Believe, about a ten-year-old girl with superpowers.

How have other shows of geeky interest fared?

As you can tell from the headline Community has been renewed, though the news is somewhat bittersweet for me personally. I’d be sad not to see the continuing adventures of the study group, but season four saw a drastic drop in quality, and I don’t want to see the show that was once so great drag along as a zombie. Could you not have shown faith in the show a bit earlier and kept original showrunner Dan Harmon on instead of firing him after season three, NBC? Speaking of Harmon, Deadline reports a rumor that there is interest on NBC’s part in bringing Harmon back in some capacity, possibly because Chevy Chase, who didn’t get along with him, has left the show. I’m not holding my breath, but man, wouldn’t that be awesome?

In the case of Community renewal was far from certain, but for other shows getting another season comes as less of a surprise. Fans of Defiance, Nikita, Parks and Recreation, and Castle can stop holding their breath: You’re getting new episodes.

Not so lucky are might-have-been shows The Selection and The Sixth Gun; CW and NBC, respectively, have opted against picking up those pilots. The Selection was to be a sort of The Hunger Games/reality show beauty competition fusion with Anthony Stewart Head on board to play a king. Guess I’ll just need to re-watch Merlin to get my kingly Giles fix, then. The Sixth Gun is—well, would have been—based on the Oni Press supernatural western comic of the same name.

As for the pilots that are getting picked up—a.k.a. the shows we might be talking about in the months to come—Fox has picked up Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman‘s Almost Human, starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as a cop and a robot cop, respectively. The premise sounds kind of tired to me, but having Eomer/Bones/RoboCop gracing our television screens on a weekly basis is a definite plus.

Also being added to the Fox slate is Sleepy Hollow, directed by Underworld‘s Len Wiseman. In it, Ichabad Crane (Tom Mison) is resurrected in modern times to fight the Headless Horseman alongside a police officer played by Nicole Beharie (Shame, 42).

New to CW will be The Tomorrow People, a remake of a ’70s British show about teens with superpowers; The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals; and Reign, that teen drama about Mary, Queen of Scots that so turned my head when it was announced. There’s also The 100, in which the remnants of humanity live on a spaceship following nuclear war and 100 juvenile delinquents are sent back to the planet to test the idea of re-colonizing; and Oyxgen, in which a human girl falls in love with an alien boy. (Oh, CW.)

Meanwhile ABC has picked up the Rebel Wilson-starring comedy Super Fun Night, and NBC has remained obstinate in not announcing whether they’re renewing Bryan Fuller‘s Hannibal or not. Please do, NBC. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleeeeeease.

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  • Anonymous

    I’d like Hannibal to get renewed but I really really could do without NBC turning it into the next Community style chew-toy.

  • Pillamelai

    I can’t be happy with this after such a disastrous finale.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Yeah, it was pretty wince-worthy. “We figured out a way to make paintball cool again.” NO. NO YOU DID NOT.

  • According2Robyn

    Maybe they’ll get Harmon back, and we can all just pretend that season 4 never happened. Like, maybe it was all a weird dream that the dean had.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Whatever happens, they really need to chang things up for season five.

  • Lapin

    I’m kind of meh about Community now. I almost feel like axing it when Harmon left would have been a kinder thing to do than keep it running. Mercy kill it before it leaves a sour taste in our mouths.

    Hannibal is very tasty (ha), though, and just the thought that it could be cancelled has made me very anxious over the past week. I would practically sell a kidney (double ha) to keep it running at least to the Red Dragon storyline.

    At least Agents of SHIELD was picked up. (Bonus: I keep imagining Joss Whedon and Bryan Fuller doing a show together. It would be the best show ever, but get cancelled after one episode.)

  • Anonymous

    Community certainly lost its sparkle in Season 4 – though I do think it picked up a bit halfway through. Not what it was but I still think the worst episodes of it are still better than some of the best episodes of other shows. I’m personally really glad they got a Season 5, I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet.

    I really though it was a goner though so I’m surprised and chuffed! As great as it would be to have Dan Harmon back on board and bring back his magic touch I’m not going to get my hopes up!!

  • Diaspora

    Hannibal getting renewed would make my month.

  • Anonymous

    “Could you not have shown faith in the show a bit earlier and kept original showrunner Dan Harmon on instead of firing him after season three, NBC?”

    Again I find myself acting as network apologist but I think airing Community through four seasons of poor ratings – and then renewing it – is an incredible show of loyalty in this day and age of network television; most networks would have dropped it halfway through season 1. When it started to struggle in its old time slot, they gave it a new one. They gave it a stronger lead-in. They moved it to a new night instead of canceling it outright. And they gave Harmon almost complete creative freedom the entire run until he became just too difficult to work with.

    There are plenty of shows on television that get the shaft from their networks, fortunately Community isn’t one of them.

  • Gabriel Nantes de Abreu

    Yeah! More Nikita!!

  • Anonymous

    I never thought I’d say this, but I wish Community had ended with season three, when it was still great. It would have been much better to complain the rest of our days for how short-lived it was than to remember the season four fiasco, now probably expanded. That “Christmas episode” was so cringe-worthy I still haven’t managed to watch the following episodes.

  • Lady Viridis

    The ending of S3 is pretty much the ending of the show in my head-canon. I watched the first half of S4, then fell behind (I kept forgetting it was on– not a good sign) and when I tried to catch up, the episode was so stilted and awkward I gave up and rewatched old Community episodes instead. A friend of mine wants to watch S4 for completion’s sake and so I might struggle through with her… but another friend is pretending S4 never happened and I can’t say I blame her.

  • Lapin

    Yeah, I’m kind of in the “pretending S4 didn’t happen” camp. It’s not that it was terrible per se, it’s just that when I’ve seen a show at its best, it’s kind of painful for me to watch it drag through its worst. I’m just sad that Community’s probably gonna go out with a ho-hum instead of the critically-acclaimed bang the first few seasons deserved.

  • Alice Ruppert

    I seem to be one of few, but I actually enjoyed S04 of Community.
    No, not every episode was 100% awesome, but seasons 1-3 also had better and worse episodes.
    I am very happy the show gets another chance!

  • Eric Stark

    Season 4 of Community can all be explained away as one of Ahbed’s alternate realities and we all win.

  • Bridget Quinlivan

    I really need Warehouse13 to be renewed! Defiance is already renewed for a second season already and W13 is still waiting in the wings. Come ON NBC Universal!

  • Diane Smith

    I’m glad to hear Community and Parks and Rec are being renewed. I’m also excited to hear that Sleepy Hollow, The Tomorrow People and Super Fun Night have been picked up. I’ll be tuning into all of these shows, even though I’ll be at work at DISH when they air. My roommates and I will be setting up our DISH Hopper to record up to six programs at once during primetime. Because of this, we won’t have to worry about arguing over which shows to record.

  • Stewart Zoot Wymer

    Not really sure where all the hate for Season 4 is coming from. Maybe I’m in the camp that the show’s creator is not necessarily essential for creating more content – I’ve been often a fan of shows where the creator ran away after only a few episodes and other people picked up the gauntlet and did better with it.

    What I would say, which has been already said here somewhat, is that I feel that Community S4 is consistent. I don’t think there’s been a super episode, I don’t think there’s been an absolute terrible episode either. I cannot say the same (positively or negatively) of the last three seasons.

    Also, #sixseasonsandamovie

    Regarding Rebel Wilson … sigh. I’m not sure why America has embraced her so – maybe we just got sick of her in Pizza and associated shows and embraced her sister far more firmly, who is amazingly funny.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Considering Fuller’s been vocal about getting Lee Pace to pop up when his schedule’s clear, this would be the best timeline.

    Am I the only one that’s okay with Community coming back? Even the bad episodes are better than 90% of television right now.

  • Elias Algorithm

    NBC hasn’t exactly been the bastion of intelligence the last few years. The only reason Community is coming back is because they don’t need more negative publicity by making Parks and Rec the ONLY sitcom to be renewed.

  • Elias Algorithm

    Anthony Head is due to pop up on Warehouse 13 for three episodes. So there’s that. Marsters was just on and I have a hard time believing he’s not gonna come back after that build up.

  • Anonymous

    I felt the same way – S4 just hasn’t been in the same league as 1-3 – but I do find myself feeling happy that there’ll be a season 5. Community’s still watchable, and if there’s any chance of Harmon getting involved again that’d be amazing.

    S5 could start with somone waking up and realising that S4 had all been a dream, ala Dallas :)

  • Anonymous

    Oops, I just suggested the same thing before I saw your comment! Yes, the Dallas route is always the way to go :)

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t mind the episode at all, but that line man – surely the writers realise the show is not what it was? Inviting comparison to past glories seems a bit foolish.

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of with you, big Community fan as I am.

    From the sounds of it, the network dealt very poorly with Harmon (he wasn’t even directly informed he was fired), which it pretty shitty behaviour.

    But the way some fans have been going on it’s like NBC are out to screw Community over. It’s a great show, but they are a business and Community doesn’t pull the viewers.

    Sometimes a network damns a show with its behaviour and never gives it a chance (see Firefly). ButI think NBC have done a really good job at promoting Community and trying new things to pull viewers/keep it on the air. They’re not saints, but they’ve taken a lot of unfair flak.

    Maybe it’s because I’m a Brit and therefore used to shows getting about three episodes a season but even before we knew Community was getting a 4th (and now a 5th) series, I thought it had had a pretty good run.

  • Stephen Fogarty

    Really? I thought the finale was the big redeeming moment for the season. It’s the only reason I have any hope for next season.

  • Agatha Gomes

    I found it so hard to like this show…

  • Anonymous

    Hehe…I see what you did there.

  • Anonymous

    I liked Season 4 fine and would’ve been fine if the series ended there. Season 3 I felt was stronger. Nothing beats an NES-style episode. Not Beetlejuice brick jokes, not even paintball.

    Yeah, I said it!