The cast of NBC’s freshman sitcom Community sat down to with attendees of the Television Critics Association press tour. During a question and answer session, the actors were grilled about their show’s less-than-stellar ratings and their ratings-challenged network.
Community revolves around a fast-talking attorney (Joel McHale) who has his license suspended and attends a local community college to get a “real” degree. Others in the series include Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash, John Oliver, and Matt L. Jones.
Though Community’s ratings haven’t been very good, the show is fortunate in one regard. Much of NBC’s schedule is performing far worse.
When asked about the ratings, Jacobs put a positive spin on the situation and said, “NBC gives comedies a chance to find their legs. They allowed 30 Rock to find an audience, they allowed The Office and Parks and Recreation to find an audience.” Chase was quick to add, “Because they don’t have anything else.”
When asked if anything can be done to turn Community’s ratings around, Chase quips, “Go to another network.”
McHale is more philosophical about the network’s and his show’s problems. He says, “I hear about the ratings and I’m like, ‘It’s not our problem, let’s just go to work a great show.'”
With the network’s decision to move Jay Leno out of primetime, NBC will have five more hours to fill each week. However, the network has several new comedy pilots in the works so Community certainly isn’t a lock for a second season renewal.
What do you think? If you were on Community would you be concerned about the ratings? Do you think Community will get a second season? Should it?
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