Are you guys feeling optimistic about next season? Is it something you’ve discussed amongst the cast? I think we’re all hopeful and we’re also strangely optimistic about the show. Maybe because it seemed like we were cancelled so many times and we’ve always come back. We sort of feel invincible at this point. [Laughs.] Maybe, knock on wood, we get another life in us. We always want to work together no matter how crazy the show gets or all the hysterics surrounding it. I think, as a cast, we always want to continue working together so I think we would all be happy to come back. You know, we certainly text and email each other and talk very consistently so there’s still a lot of love there and a desire, on our part, to keep going.
In the two episodes NBC sent for review, Port and Guarascio are respectful to what came before — possibly too respectful, but the desire to not rock the boat is understandable. As was the case with “Cougar Town,” this new version of “Community” is acceptable and amusing, but it’s also slightly flatter and less surreal than the old-school version of the show. It remains to be seen if Port and Guarascio can bring the edge of unpredictability and whimsical pathos that has often informed the best episodes of the show — or impose a sympathetic but new vision on Greendale — but the study group remains recognizable and there aren’t any significant blunders so far.