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NBC renews 'Community' for fourth season

May 10, 2012 |  5:23 pm

NBC renews Community
#Sixseasonsandamovie -- oh, the power of suggestion. NBC has renewed "Community" for a fourth season, sources close to production confirmed Thursday.

The series will return with an abbreviated 13-episode order — but, hey, it's 13 more than some had predicted. (And we expect the actors' reaction to the news is similar to the one in the above photo.) The cult comedy has endured a rocky third season on the network, getting pulled from the schedule midseason that had fans rallying for its return, which it made in March. And then there was the whole voicemail kerfuffle between cast member Chevy Chase and executive producer Dan Harmon.

The series, a vortex of pop culture allusions and spoofs involving oddball students at an equally oddball community college, has found a fierce following among young viewers who are more likely to catch it later on DVR or online — in December, its production company Sony struck a digital syndication deal with Hulu, making its entire library of episodes available.

Its final three episodes of this season will air May 17.

The quirky laffer joins fellow Thursday comedy "30 Rock" in the renewal bin.


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Photo credit: NBC.