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NBC Benches ‘Community’ For Midseason

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Gimmickry suspended. (Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

As news dribbled out this afternoon about NBC's plans for midseason, one bit of information seemed to escape the very people it would horrify the most, and by that I mean that bloggers didn't know that NBC was planning to leave "Community" off the mideason schedule. Fans may be sad about the news (which probably means the likelihood of a fourth season of "Community" is very low), but they can't possibly be surprised: As Alan Sepinwall put it in his report for HitFix.com, "Community" has been "on a kamikaze mission for a long time now," given its scheduling opposite ratings winners like "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol." And qualified un-fans (hi) might observe that, since the show's very strong first season, it has become a slave to its penchant for gimmicky meta-commentary and turned into less of an entertaining sitcom than a deconstruction of the idea of what a sitcom is. So if you're in the latter group, you should stay off Twitter for a while; the response there to this development has already gotten pretty annoying. [HitFix]

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