CHICAGO – The issue of gender identity, especially for those who are born with a vagueness as to what to call themselves between/beyond boy and girl, has come front and center in the U.S., both with the legalization of gay marriage and the callous repudiation of identity by trying to pass laws dismissing it (the North Carolina “bathroom” laws). The performance companies of The Living Canvas and Nothing Without a Company is currently staging “[Trans]formation,” which presents gender identity art by six performers, who perform most of the play in the nude.
TV News: NBC Chairman Claims ‘Community’ Will Not Be Cancelled
CHICAGO – Good news for those passionate fans that feared the worst for several weeks: “Community” will apparently not be cancelled. After much speculation about the show due to its removal from NBC’s Thursday night lineup for the winter/fall, NBC has come out to say that the show isn’t getting the axe.
NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt confirmed what fans were hoping for at a semi-annual press tour in Pasadena: “I wanted to dispel any notion that it’s quietly disappearing from the schedule,” Greenblatt said. “‘Community’ was moved to 8 p.m a couple years ago and that’s an incredibly competitive time slot now on Thursday and I’m really curious to see what something else would do there.”
Grenblatt continued: “I don’t know if it makes sense to ask it to start off the night again. We’ve tried to migrate some comedies to Wednesday this year. It’s a matter of looking at what happens with the six comedies we’ve got, to figure out where ‘Community’ makes the most sense.”
Though the show (created by Dan Harmon and starring Joel McHale) has not received incredible ratings, the fact remains that the fans of the comedy are incredibly loyal. The uproar of tweets and other social media protests that came up when the show wasn’t included in the spring lineup immediately forced NBC to make a notice that the show was on hiatus, but not cancelled.
While the remainder of the third season may now be expected from NBC, Greenblatt did say he was not sure about the status of the show being renewed for a fourth season. At the very least, one of the best and most original comedies currently on TV (in this humble writer’s opinion) will hopefully be returning very very soon.