Of all the shows in NBC’s lineup, Community is the one we’ve been most conflicted about over the last couple years. The Joel McHale-led mishmash cast of characters has been one of the richest comedy groupings of all time, but the show has felt a little like the redheaded stepchild of the network for some time now. And they’re moving.
Well, sort of. Entertainment Weekly announced today via its Inside blog that Community will head into syndication on September 20 — on Comedy Central. The series was rumored to be canceled during its fourth season, with its premiere date pushed back from October 2012 to February 2013, and air dates spotty.
And then when news came out that Donald Glover’s Troy would only be around for five of the final 13 episodes in Season 5, we were kind of broken-hearted. The Childish Gambino hip hop artist decided that he needed to be less involved with the show, and NBC must have been cool with it, since they were pretty quick to let him out of his contract.
As for news about the syndication? Well, it’s nothing but good news for the actors, as it means more money and fewer problems with a new network that is happy to promote their hilariousness. In a not-so-subtle promo for the move, Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley), Ken Jeong (Chang), and Joel McHale throw money in the air, joke about how little promotion NBC gave them, and poke fun at their ratings. Check it out.
Will you watch the final season of Community on NBC? The syndicated episodes on Comedy Central? Weigh in.