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'Community' Ratings: Did the Social Media Campaigns Work?

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 1:45PM
CommunityFor four days now, we've found ourselves living in the darkest timeline, following the news that NBC has yet to find a place for 'Community' on their midseason schedule. Though the Peacock insists that the cult comedy will return at some point, fans have taken to social media to register their disapproval of the scheduling snub, starting petitions and defacing their avatars with evil goatees. Even AOL TV's resident 'Community' skeptic, Mo Ryan, is on the "Save Community" bandwagon (read her open letter to NBC here).

But did all of the righteous indignation result in a ratings bump for the perennially on-the-bubble show when it aired another hilarious episode last night?

Kind of ...

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Save Greendale! An Open Letter to the Head of NBC Regarding 'Community's' Future

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 15th 2011 12:40PM
The news that 'Community' has been benched for an indeterminate amount of time came like a punch in the gut on Monday.

Wait, what? Why am I, of all people, lamenting this very dark timeline for the low-rated NBC comedy? I'm not known to be one of 'Community's' most vociferous advocates.

Because the best part of this job is tapping into people's passions, and when I wrote about how much I loved 'Remedial Chaos Theory,' a wildly inventive and fantastically fun October episode of the show, I got a ton of feedback from 'Community' fans who were excited to share lists of their favorite episodes of the show.

Maybe 'Community' hasn't been my cup of tea every single week, but I absolutely love how much people adore it, and in a perfect world, the TV landscape offers range of shows that a wide variety of people wholeheartedly love, whatever those show's occasional wobbles.

That's why we need a Save Greendale campaign, which should not only involve felt beards but also letters to NBC (and if you have further ideas on how to save the show, please share them below). Here's my open letter to Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment:

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