Last night NBC released its fall schedule, which contained the disturbing news that the network was “benching” its acclaimed comedy Community for an indefinite period, as Alan Sepinwall first reported on Twitter. Fans were understandably devastated by this news: Last night through just minutes ago, Tumblr has been awash with mourning, essays praising the show, and perhaps some plans to bring Community back.
While the majority of responses have been to post .gifs of Donald Glover‘s character Troy sobbing with messages like “I’m going to sit in a corner and cry,” some fans are being more proactive. The new rallying cry has become Six seasons and a movie, and fans have organized themselves into a variety of movements.
You have the traditional method of signing a “Save Community” electronic petition (linked through Facebook); then there’s the step that all fan communities take, which is deciding on a symbol to mail to the network in the thousands so as to get their attention. For Roswell, it was mini bottles of Tabasco sauce; for Jericho, loads of peanuts. Community fans seem to have decided on felt beards; you can even print out your own here. (If anyone could explain the significance of the felt beard, please do!)[tagbox tag="Community"]
But the one that most caught our attention is also the most shrewdly topical: OccupyNBC, a Twitter account whose aim is to get those six seasons and a movie. They don’t say whether they’ll actually physically show up at the NBC building, but you can bet they’re passionate. They’re currently at fewer than 200 followers, so lend your support, why don’t you?
To be clear, the show hasn’t been officially cancelled, and its status is still up in the air. The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reported (via colleague Bill Carter) that NBC says the show will be off the air for only a little while. However, its chances of getting renewed are now a whole lot slimmer.