|“||We’re not going to screw it up||”|
–Moses Port, Comic Con 2012
New showrunnersEditThe cast along with the new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio appeared at the San Diego Comic Con convention on July 12, 2012. They addressed fans of the show- as well as the media- who had concerns about the upcoming season. They did their best to reassure everyone they wouldn't "screw up", noting that a number of writers (including Megan Ganz and Andy Bobrow) would be returning, and that the show would remain a “weird, wonderful gem and that’s not going to change.” On October 9, Entertainemnt Weekly posted an interview with Port and Guarascio where they reiterated thier intention to remain true to the spirit of the show and also revealed they had talked to Dan Harmon. Although he declined to write the Season Four finale, Harmon did wish them good luck and told them to "go for it.".
CastingEditIt was anounced that Malcolm MacDowell had been cast as Professor Cornwallis, the history professor teaching the course. Michael Ausiello had previously reported that the new showrunners were looking for a "known actor" to play a British professor who used to teach at Oxford. The former Ivy league teacher would at first seem out of place working at a community college but would eventually turn out to be just as crazy as everyone else who ends up at Greendale. On August 31, 2012 TV Line reported that actress Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica fame has signed on to play Lauren, a superfan of "Inspector Spacetime". TV Line reported that the British comedian Matt Lucas, best known for his work on the BBC sketch show "Little Britain", has been cast as a new friend of Abed's called Toby.On September 17, 2012, Community writer Steve Basilone tweeted a picture a script for an episode entitled "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations". On September 18, 2012, online entertainment news sites Entertainment Weekly and TV Line both reported that this episode will introduce Jeff's father, William Winger, who will be portrayed by actor James Brolin. On October 7, TV Line reported that actress Brie Larson from the recent hit film "21 Jump Street" was cast to play an undisclosed role in the seventh episode "Herstory of Dance".
Season premiere delayEditOnline entertainment newsite Hit Fix reported on October 8th that the Season premieres of both Community and "Whitney" will be delayed until further notice. NBC released this official statement:
|“||Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 – we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold COMMUNITY and WHITNEY from their previously announced premieres of October 19th. Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week -- plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of WHITNEY and COMMUNITY.||”|
October 19 videoEditOn Friday, October 19, 2012, the day the show was supposed to premiere, a tweet was sent out on Community's official twitter page with a link to youtube video. Featuring the entire cast of Community, it addressed in a toungue-in-cheek manner the delay of the show and assured fans that it would eventually return at a later date. Gillian Jacobs (whose birthday is actually October 19) was credited with the idea for the video by fellow cast member Yvette Nicole Brown.
NBC anounces midseason returnEdit
|“||February 7th is #October19th! Who knew?! :)||”|
NBC later made an official announcement reported by various online entertainment news sites from Variety to Entertainment Weekly confirming the news. It's scheduled to return as a midseason replacement in it's regular time slot at 8:00pm EST on Thursday.
|Season Four Episodes|
1. "History 101"
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