Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, believes Community -- the network's moderately popular comedy -- will be picked up for a fifth season. While appearing at Television Critics Association's winter press tour, he was asked if the show would return following its Feb. 7 fourth season premiere.
"Yes, absolutely," he said. "I'm always hopeful for a show to continue. We co-own it and I'd love nothing more than to see it continue."
The show, which stars the host of E!'s The Soup, Joel McHale, was pulled from its fall premiere date of Oct. 19, which sparked a response from its cult followers. It was later announced that Community would return this February, and occupy its original Thursday night slot. Greenblatt was queued on whether the show will be taking a new direction in its coming season.
"I don't know that I'm the Community expert, but I think you're going to see relatively the same show that you have seen before," he said. "There is a little bit more heart built in to it, but we didn't fundamentally change it."
Community's fourth season will have one significant change; it will include the final appearance of Chevy Chase's character Pierce Hawthorne. Chase had an openly complicated relationship with the show's producers that finally came to a head while taping the upcoming season. Greenblatt pointed out that it should not be a big change for the show.
"Actors come and go on a lot of shows and this is a big ensemble; I don't think that's in any way going to be a big negative about the future of the show," he said "He's in everything but two episodes."
Community returns to NBC on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.