'Community' renewed for 13-episode fourth season
NBC has renewed "Community" for a 13-episode fourth season, following a relatively tumultuous year, the network confirmed to OnTheRedCarpet.com.
The show's star Joel McHale Tweeted on May 10, "Dear #Community fans, You are the best people in the world. We're renewed for 13 eps. Couldn't have done it without you."
The show stars McHale, who also hosts "The Soup," as Jeff Winger, a former lawyer who goes to Greendale Community College to get his bachelor's degree after it is discovered he lied about having one. Once there, he unwillingly becomes part of a study group that includes Donald Glover, "Mad Men" actress Allison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs and Chevy Chase. Recent Oscar winner Jim Rash plays the school's flamboyant Dean.
The scripted comedy returned to air in March after an extended hiatus. "Community" recently made headlines over Chevy Chase's feud with the show's Executive Producer and writer, Dan Harmon. The comedy veteran left Harmon a profanity-laden voice mail message, which made its way onto the web.
According to multiple sources, Chase walked off the set in March, during one of his scenes which was intended to wrap up the season finale. Then during the season wrap party, Harmon slammed the actor in front of his wife and daughter and led the crew in chanting "[Expletive] Chevy."
Several crew members confirmed the series of events to Deadline and supported Chase, acknowledging that the actors were "suffering through a 'non-script day'" and noting that most of the cast and crew felt Harmon's actions at the wrap party were inappropriate.
Chase opened up the incident with The Huffington Post and told them, "I probably won't be around that much longer, frankly... I have creative issues with this show. I always have."
NBC also announced on May 10 that "Parenthood" had been renewed for a fourth season and "30 Rock" would return for its seventh and final season. The network has also taken on two new shows, "Do No Harm" and "Infamous."