It's hard to deny that NBC's Community is one of the best sitcoms on television currently. I use the term 'currently' loosely, though; it's been almost six months since the series aired its incredibly bizarre three-part season finale. Thanks to some internal shake-ups with the show -- the departure of showrunner Dan Harmon and the various controversies surrounding star Chevy Chase -- the series has been delayed from its original October start date to one three months from now: February 7 is the confirmed premiere date for the thirteen-episode fourth season.
But as many fans are likely wondering, how does this affect the show's annual holiday-themed episodes? The show has sported a Halloween-themed outing in each of its three seasons so far, for example. Would such an episode be eschewed if it doesn't air in October?
Apparently not, according to TVLine, which reported that the season's Halloween episode will still be on (no word on if a potential Christmas special is even in the cards). Actress Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley, also reportedly called the Halloween special her favorite of the season, to which I have to say, "Cool cool cool." Brown's statement also bodes slightly well for fans worried about a decline in quality with the departure of much of the show's writing staff.
Personally, I'm cautiously optimistic about the entire season, and am really hoping that the new creative team don't make the humor too broad (and thus, less clever). Since the fourth season will likely be the show's last, here's hoping it doesn't compromise what made it so great.
Community will return for its fourth season on February 7 with the episode "History 101," which will feature guest star Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange).
Are you excited?