They say that cats have nine lives, well it looks like we’ve found something that may very well have cats beat. Community, formerly of NBC, has once again been brought back from the dead. The show has been killed off and resuscitated more times than I personally care to remember. There seems to be this trend of fans demanding a show that’s been canceled get another chance, stating that it didn’t get a fair shake for whatever reason, swearing their allegiance and that they’ll watch it more the second time around. Sometimes this is warranted, other times, not so much.
Not every show can have the luck of a Star Trek or Family Guy, in those instances the shows were brought back and actually gained a massive audience that continued following them week in and week out. Aside from those cases, many times it ends up with the supposed die hard fans that petition so much to bring a show back from the abyss succeeding, but failing the show itself. Just look at the Veronica Mars scenario, this is a show that was supposed to be incredibly popular yet it gets canceled. The fans of the show actually decided to put their money where their mouth was by funding a movie to follow up the series, the only problem is, those same fans couldn’t be bothered to go see the movie.
I’ve read many stories claiming that Community is this amazing comedic television series, personally I could never get into the show, there just wasn’t anything that caught my attention enough to keep me interested. I would figure a show being canceled once, only to receive a second chance because of a push from fans of the show to bring it back to the air, would get only that one shot to make a comeback. When the show returns and still can’t draw an audience, which leads to the show once again being canceled, what would seemingly be common sense is to just leave well enough alone and let the show die.
For some reason Community has once again been given another shot, this time being picked up by Yahoo to be played as an online series instead of returning to NBC. The positive side of an online series being that it shouldn’t be held to as high a standard for viewers as those shows still running on network television. If people don’t watch this time, it’ll be a lot less damaging, allowing the series to runs it’s full course, presumably. If only someone out there would pick up Surviving Jack, at least that show was consistently funny, then again it doesn’t have the internet on it’s side. Such a shame.