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By now, everyone is well aware of the unfortunate situation of what I'm calling 'the nefarious network and the mid-season schedule shake-up heard around the world.' The events of the past few days have been emotional for some, many donning their own felt goatees to show solidarity with Community and highlight how their removal from the schedule is clearly the darkest timeline. However, grassroots (or feltroot?) movements are happening all over the place to ensure that NBC makes good on their promise that one of the smartest and funniest sitcoms on television has NOT been cancelled and WILL return. We've got our eyes on you NBC!
Sure, we've already been accused of 'beating this dead horse' but the important thing to note, which several other fans, sites and fansites are also highlighting is that the 'horse' is not dead! And if there isn't a significant reaction to this first step on the way to cancellation then there's even more fodder for NBC to actually go ahead and pull it forever. In fact, if we don't beat this horse to death (wait, now the metaphor is breaking down) now, we may never get another chance. The whole situation reminds me of the scene in Knocked Up where Seth Rogen tells Paul Rudd that this is the first conversation of three that will lead to him coming out - in the same vein, this is the first move by NBC that will eventually lead to cancellation. Unless, we intervene.
As far as intervening goes, Cinema Blend has already posted a few articles related to the story; first reporting the actual schedule change before trying to find the bright side of the hiatus as well as analyzing what it says about the state of television. Other sites have started their own campaigns, whether creating petitions or just taking to social media (#saveCommunity). One effort that I found particularly amazing is Vulture's campaign, where they have created several rad 'Save Community' posters. They all spoof classic USA propaganda posters and hopefully they can exert that kind of influence. Here's Annie doing her part (and you get a taste of their version of 'Uncle Jeff' above but head over to Vulture to see the rest).
Community airs on NBC, Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole-Brown, Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase. It was created by Dan Harmon.