Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Help Save 'Community'!

Help save Community, or Alison Brie will kill you with paintballs. Photo courtesy of cnn.com.

I know that, like me, many of you are upset about the recent news regarding Community; specifically, the news that everyone's favorite study group will be going on an "indefinite hiatus" after Christmas. (And, as we all learned from the most recent season of 30 Rock, this kind of "forced hiatus" means that everyone needs to start working on their back-up plans, be they stand-up comedy or substitute teaching.) Now, this doesn't necessarily mean that Community will be canceled, but it's not good. At all.

However, there are things you can do about this! First of all, you should visit save-community.com, sign their petition, and then browbeat all your friends until they do the same. (If you're a Community fan, I'm sure they're used to it by now, and they'll probably just sigh quietly and do what you ask.) Then - and this is the most important part - sit down in front of your TV on Thursday at 8:00 and watch the show. Watch it live, on television, if you can; if not, watch it on Hulu or buy it on iTunes. Do everything you can to let NBC know that you watch the show and that you love it.

You can also send letters to NBC. Seriously. If they start getting enough letters, there is always a chance it will have an effect. Write to the network (yes, write, with a pen, on paper), and tell them why you love the show. Tell them about your Community Halloween costumes, viewing parties, blog posts, anything. Show them that you care. You may not think it helps, but knowing that the show has a fervent, invested fanbase is the sort of things that network executives (sometimes) take into account. Just read Maureen Ryan's piece about Community if you don't believe me, and send a letter to NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt, care of NBC Universal, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. So, put on your darkest timeline felt goatees, and let's get to work! I already have.

Watching the show and writing letters might be more important, but darkest timeline goatees are FUN.

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