Donald Glover Developing New NBC Sitcom, Is ‘Community’ Officially Dead?
Don’t fret just yet Greendale gang, but it looks like ‘Community‘ star Donald Glover is fashioning himself an NBC parachute should the critically-adored, but under-performing college sitcom not survive past its upcoming thirteen-episode season. The standup comedian is reportedly developing his own NBC sitcom alongside a one-time ‘30 Rock‘ collaborator, but does Glover’s new venture spell doom for ‘Community?’
While it feels like our whole brain is crying at the thought, TVGuide has announced that ‘Community’ star Donald Glover has begun preparation of his own NBC sitcom with ’30 Rock’ co-executive producer Matt Hubbard. Fans of the Childish Gambino star may be surprised to learn that prior to his starring turn on ‘Community,’ Glover actually worked with Hubbard as a ’30 Rock’ writer, making cameos in three different episodes as well.
The new venture would both star, and be loosely based off Glover’s own life, having received a put-pilot order in second position. That is to say that Glover would be contractually bound to additional seasons of ‘Community’ should the series last beyond its upcoming 13-episode run, but NBC would pay a penalty for not moving forward with Glover’s pilot.
Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan will also executive producer the project, with Universal Television as a backer. But fear not, ‘Community’ fans, for if nothing else we’ll have plenty of Donald Glover to look forward to in the future either way.
What say you? Do you like the prospect of Donald Glover in his own sitcom, or would you rather NBC stick with ‘Community?’ Can either live while the other survives? Sound off in the comments below!