When the TV series Community was renewed for a season four, geeks and nerds banded together with glee. But when Sony (the company that makes Community) decided to fire Community creator and showrunner Dan Harmon, the same geeks and nerds didn’t want to see a watered-down version of their beloved show. The gang from Greendale Community College returns to NBC this fall whether you like it or not.
EW has a “First Look” at the season premiere of season four, and it looks like Community’s return episode will pay tribute to The Hunger Games. How topical? It seems like the cast and new writers are aware of the possible fan shift in loyalty to Community. Series lead Joel McHale tried to ease Community’s fans’ fears:
Fans will see these pictures and go, ‘Dammit, they’ve tried to make this show mainstream! They’re trying to steal the Two and a Half Men audience! They’re going to be like, ‘What — is this an episode of The Middle?’
The season opener will feature a Hunger Games-like premise where Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) loses student records. He stages an all-student competition to see who will get enrolled in a History of Ice Cream class. It sounds like another paintball-type episode is in the works.
McHale also talked what the new season will be like by teasing the tone of an upcoming episode: “It is an homage to something that kids in the late ’80s and early ’90s watched on Saturday mornings.” Could this be a Saved by the Bell episode?
Community returns on October 19th on NBC.
You can check out a new image from Community season four below. I have no idea what the unicorns are all about, but apparently the season premiere will feature an elaborate tango with Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and Dean Pelton: