Community has ended several times. First, in season 3, it completed a trilogy of excellent seasons of often genre-bending, frequently fourth-wall-breaking, occasionally tearjerking comedy on NBC. Then the network unceremoniously dumped the show’s creator and guru Dan Harmon, leaving the show’s rabid fan base with a superficial shell of a fourth season that retained the show’s stylistic inventiveness but lost nearly all of its humanity. It ended on the show’s worst episode to date, a sour end to a misguided attempt at brand extension from a network and production company that had clearly misunderstood what viewers actually wanted out of the show.
But then, miracles of miracles, the show returned again, and Dan Harmon with it. The fifth season was bumpy, especially because it had to deal with the loss of integral cast member Donald Glover and his lovable teary-eyed jock-turned-nerd Troy Barnes. But it was the show again. And then it ended, somewhat unremarkably.
Except it didn’t end, thanks to the #NewRules of television economics.
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This week on The M&M Report, Devin and I invited our friend and colleague Rachel Lomot to chat about two sentimental relationship shows starring Lauren Graham.
NBC’s Parenthood is currently struggling with a troublesome story arc, even though many of its other stories are firing on all cylinders. Rachel and I discussed Christina’s implausible bid for Berkeley mayor, Julia’s possible dalliance with guest star David Denman, and the awesomeness of Max Burkholder and Ray Romano as Max and Hank.
Gilmore Girls ended its run a few years ago, but Devin and Rachel had lots of thoughts on it. They didn’t talk nearly as fast as Lorelai and Rory, but they did dissect the show’s less believable storylines and debate what made the show work so well. Devin might have even dropped a profanity. (No promises.)
Next week, Devin and I have lots of exciting topics planned, and another special guest in the works. In the meantime…thanks for listening!
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