Podcast: Community Hiatus (with Cory Barker)

So, if you were on the Internet at all yesterday, you heard the bad news. NBC has revealed its schedule for spring 2012, and in a sign of the oncoming apocalypse, there’s one critical omission. Low-rated yet fanatically beloved sitcom Community does not have a place on the schedule, meaning that after the show’s Christmas nusical there’s no plan for when we’ll see another episode of the sharpest written ensemble on television. There is no joy on Twitter, mighty Greendale has struck out.

So what do we do in this situation? We – by which I mean I and Cory Barker of TV Surveillance – podcast about it. Last night, Cory and I connected for a long discussion of who’s to blame for the show going off the air (spoiler alert: it’s probably you), whether or not the show’s ardent fans have been blown this out of proportion (spoiler alert: they probably did), the future makeup of NBC’s schedule (spoiler alert: they’re still screwed) and what this hiatus means for the show’s long-term future (spoiler alert: we’re actually optimistic to different degrees). We also discussed what hashtags and purchases you can make to influence NBC’s decision, offer a few parting words for Prime Suspect, say some mean things about Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea, and go off on a few tangents fueled by sadness and (on Cory’s part) cold medicine.

As always, you can listen to that installment over at TV Surveillance or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

About Les Chappell

The Mad Hatter of media criticism. Co-founder of This Was Television, contributor to The A.V. Club, founder of A Helpless Compiler and The Lesser of Two Equals.
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