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NBC Cancels COMMUNITY and REVOLUTION

NBC Cancels COMMUNITY and REVOLUTION

Network TV axes have been flying left and right over the last 48 hours. ABC, Fox, and others have canceled several existing shows and passed on a number of projects to make room for their new series pick-ups. At NBC, some of the most devastating news is with today’s cancellations of Community and Revolution.

NBC announced today that they were cutting Community one season short of fans’ plea for six seasons and a movie. Revolution, on the other hand, has only lasted two seasons. There hasn’t been any comment yet from NBC brass as to why, specifically, they’ve dropped both series, but it’s probably somewhere between ratings not meeting expectations from the network, transitioning to new branding, and operating at too much of a cost to justifiably keep going. Sure, those are typical reasons why networks cancel their shows, but Community defied many of those by staying around as long as it did, despite, at times, scoring low ratings.

If it’s any consolation, think about these NBC cancellations like so: though Community and Revolution are gone, NBC is renewing Hannibal, which somehow gets away with being the type of wonderfully dark hour-long drama that you’d normally only get away with on cable. For two seasons, Hannibal has quietly amassed a great portfolio of critical acclaim. Perhaps it’s not the trade you want to make, but NBC could do much worse than keeping Hannibal in exchange for Community and Revolution.

Also, note that Arrested DevelopmentFuturama, and The Comeback have been brought back from the dead, and Community definitely fits the profile for a cult comedy series to be revived. All you have to do is add 7-10 years and a cable network or online streaming giant, then cross your fingers that you won’t just have to watch DVD box sets over and over.

HT: Variety

Comments

  1. Samuel says:

    Fucccck y u cancel revolution

  2. Scapegoat says:

    Fuck NBC. Dracula was a great show as were Community and Revolution.. I like Grimm, but would rather see Dracula stay on than it. Hannibal continues to get stranger, but to what end?  It feels like it can’t get too much stranger and they are now just digging for new ideas. Dracula could be told over and over again with new enemies, love affairs, and endless politics, but they can’t seem to figure out what makes a good show. Fuck NBC.

    • Aamil says:

      Hannibal is in every way, wayyyyyyyyyy superior to most cheap adaptations NBC runs. I saw the pilot of Dracula and was instantly put off. Didn’t really care much for that show but Hannibal… now THAT is a masterpiece.

  3. Amanda says:

    It’s the Nano! The nano is making them cancel the show, DAMN YOU NANO!!

  4. The BSK says:

    We all need to write to NBC and tell them to renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd Season! It’s a great show and fans need more of it! Follow the link to NBC, select REVOLUTION from the drop down menu, and then demand they renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd season!

    There are tons of fans doing this. 
     Join the fight!!! 
     http://www.nbc.com/contact/general

  5. D. says:

    I can’t believe they are canceling Revolution!  I love that show…  Those idiots must  have used to work for FOX!  

    • The BSK says:

      We all need to write to NBC and tell them to renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd Season! It’s a great show and fans need more of it! Follow the link to NBC, select REVOLUTION from the drop down menu, and then demand they renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd season!

      There are tons of fans doing this.
       Join the fight!!!
       http://www.nbc.com/contact/general

  6. Larry says:

    “Let’s just kill everything that JJ Abrams puts on the air and then we’ll start a witch hunt on Steven Spielberg and our favorite punching bag, Joss Whedon!” And that is what all the big network execs are thinking. SyFy needs to do away with all the stupid reality and wrestling crap and take on all the cancelled SciFi shows, such as “Almost Human” and “Revolution”. 

  7. Larry says:

    NBC sucks! Fox sucks! They hate JJ Abrams. He’s too damn successful and they’re afraid of him and his cronies! 

  8. Frank Popp says:

    Revolution needs more of a chance. At least wrap up the story line. I so hate it when a series gets cancelled and can’t wrap things up. Another good reason to leave network TV behind. Full disclosure: I work for an NBC company.

  9. Dawn says:

    I have never seen a minute of Hannibal and never will!!!  I love Revolution!!!  I have taped the show when I wasn’t able to stop and watch it…  This isn’t FAIR!!!

  10. RobotShlomo says:

    I always felt like they were trying to actively kill off Community for the last few years. Giving it the Thursday 8pm time slot opposite Big Bang didn’t help at all. 

    Given that just about ALL of NBC’s sitcoms have FAILED MISERABLY over the last few years, what are they going to replace it with? Are they going to give Whitney Cummings another series? How about Chelsea Handler? That one worked out really well. How about yet ANOTHER Friends clone? I would like to know right now, so I can make plans right now NOT to watch it. 

  11. Save me Netflix you are my only hope.

  12. GTL says:

    #5seasonsandamovie ?

  13. Frank says:

    just let community die, it makes no sense anymore

  14. MattyCakes says:

    I haven’t seen Hannibal, but I can tell it’s not about the Carthaginian general.  Too bad. When does the REAL Hannibal get some love?

  15. Cindy says:

    I love Revolution!!!!  I am so upset!! I can’t believe these networks keep crap like Hannibal…or The Following…..These are gross shows I can’t even stand to look at!!

    • The BSK says:

      We all need to write to NBC and tell them to renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd Season! It’s a great show and fans need more of it! Follow the link to NBC, select REVOLUTION from the drop down menu, and then demand they renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd season!!! 
       There are tons of fans doing this. Join the fight!!!
       http://www.nbc.com/contact/general

  16. Doug says:

    I just can’t figure out why you would cancel Revolution. One of the best shows that has been on in a long time. I think its time to go to just watching Netflix where I can see what I like. NBC that is just terrible. Something we need is another reality show and that way I could just stop watching television .

  17. Sandra says:

    wtf. Dracula, now Revolution? 

  18. third says:

    The Community was becoming pretty boring and a lot less funny. You had to see that coming. The writers always run out of ideas eventually.

  19. Cody says:

    WTF i love revolution this is bull shit fuck off NBC you all adopted and nobody likes you……and you smell like butt

  20. Joshua Hobby says:

    So it looks like a comet hit the Earth and everyone died

  21. wtf says:

    Who cares about Community… More importantly: FUTURAMA?!?!?!

  22. Alexia Lindeloff says:

    I’m far more upset about Revolution getting cancelled than I am about Community. While I did get a few laughs out of the latter on the rare occasion when I watched it, I was far more emotionally and mentally invested in the plot of the former.

  23. Kennedy says:

    NO. JUST NO. Community is the best show on NBC. First the Sing Off now this. I just can’t with you anymore NBC

  24. fanofabed says:

    Community was the best TV show ever. It helped people feel accepted and connected in a weird and wonderful world of misfits. I will always be grateful for it and continue to watch my DVD’s but I really wanted six seasons and a movie!
     

  25. Jeremy Hines says:

    This is why i never wanna put my time into a show, crap like this always happens.  Revolution is an amazing show and NBC cancels it.  All primetime networks like to do is cancel great shows.  I’m getting tired of it.

    • Alexia Lindeloff says:

      They pulled a similar move when they cancelled a  fantastic show called the Black Donnellys in 2007. They never even went to the trouble of airing the whole first season before they flopped the killswitch

    • Niel says:

      I agree completely. We invest our time and emotions in these programs and they dump them.. maybe we should just not watch at all? screw them. The least they could do is not end the season on a cancelled show with a cliff hanger.

  26. Maurice says:

    Why would they cancel Revolution freaking Jerks

  27. Jennifer says:

    Don’t be dissing on Hannibal, now.  That show is amazing.  

  28. david says:

    Revolution they need leave alone this show could happen to us the show is better then Hannibal story about cannibal that eat humans i loved Almust human it was funny at times get with NBC make up your mind bring back michael j fox show

  29. Emily says:

    With Revolution ending, does that mean Ben Edlund can go bak to Supernatural and make it good again?

  30. Carmel says:

    Whaaaattt? How stupid NBC!!!!! I love Revolution.  Put it back!!!!

    • The BSK says:

      We all need to write to NBC and tell them to renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd Season! It’s a great show and fans need more of it! Follow the link to NBC, select REVOLUTION from the drop down menu, and then demand they renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd season!

      There are tons of fans doing this. 
      Join the fight!!! 

      http://www.nbc.com/contact/general

  31. JIM says:

    WTH CANCELING REVOLUTION BOOOOOOOOO

  32. D. says:

    Never fails…  Every time I decide I like a show it gets canceled.  I really should just stop watching TV all together… 

  33. boB says:

    … and with that, any reason I once had to watch NBC went up in smoke.

  34. Logan says:

    It’s a real shame that more people didn’t give season 2 of Revolution a chance. Yes, it had trouble finding its footing in season one, but became a really great show in season two. 

    • Leo says:

      Actually the other way around really.  it was an incredible show in the first season and lost it’s way in the second.I am a die hard fan though and would watch it for years if the network was smart enough to keep it around. 

    • I’m gonna have to give it another chance. I remember being really drawn in by the concept – and the first few episodes were engrossing – but the writing and acting just felt kind of haphazard to me, and I couldn’t really get sucked in because of it.

      But I have been hearing more and more positive things about the later episodes, and second season, so I think I’m gonna go give it a full chance…now that it’s been cancelled (go figure).

  35. Tony says:

    One bright side about your favourite show getting cancelled is that it is generally followed by a huge surge of really awful fanfic…. so, there’s… that.

  36. Taylor says:

    Well, I had hopes for Revolution right from the start and it definitely faltered at times, but season two was fairly decent. That’s too bad.
    And yes, totally upset about Community, too. But figured someone needed to pour out a little of the 40 for Revolution.

  37. Simon says:

    Except for Giancarlo Esposito Revolution was a train wreck of confusion and malady.

  38. Josh says:

    Darkest timeline….

  39. Moni says:

    Troy and Abed are in mourning… :(

    • cardsfanbj says:

      Wait, you were spelling mourning with a U?

      • C says:

        cardsfanbj, It’s a play on words.Mourning is sadness over a loss, so instead of “Troy and Abed in the morning” he said “Troy and Abed are in mourning” as in they’re sad their show has been canceled. It’s clever despite the fact that Troy left the series early this year.