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Community - Season 3 [UPDATED]

The third season of the television comedy series Community premiered on September 22, 2011 and concluded on May 17, 2012 on NBC. The season consists of 22 episodes and aired on Thursdays at 8:00 pm ET as part of the network's "Comedy Night Done Right" programming block.[1]

Community - Season 3

The series was renewed for a third season on March 17, 2011.[23] Filming for the season began on July 25, 2011.[24] Jim Rash, who portrays Dean Pelton, was promoted to a series regular after having a recurring role throughout the first two seasons.[25] Michael K. Williams was cast as the study group's new biology professor, who is described as a deeply intense character.[26] John Goodman appears in a multi-episode arc as Vice Dean Laybourne, the head of Greendale's air conditioning repair school, and is a foe for Dean Pelton.[27] Martin Starr guest starred in the second episode of the season as a political science professor and project advisor when the study group take a Model UN class; with Starr possibly returning later in the season.[28] Larry Cedar appeared in the sixth episode as Cornelius Hawthorne, the patriarch of the Hawthorne family and Pierce's father.[29] In the same episode, Jerry Minor returned as the Greendale custodian who previously appeared in "English as a Second Language" and "For a Few Paintballs More".[29] The season's Christmas-themed episode is a musical featuring all original music, with the storyline being the study group having to fill in for the school's glee club. The episode also features a guest appearance by Saturday Night Live cast member Taran Killam.[30] Giancarlo Esposito appeared in "Digital Estate Planning" as Gilbert, a man who Pierce is surprised to learn was a longtime employee for his late, very racist father, and the study group needs to work with Gilbert and Pierce on an issue regarding Cornelius' Hawthorne's last will and testament.[31] The character of Star-Burns is killed off in episode 17 of the season, as portrayer of the character Dino Stamatopoulos simply asked for it to happen. Stamatopoulos also serves as a consulting producer and writer for the series, so he wanted to focus on his main job, as he explained "I'm not an actor". Series creator Dan Harmon explained Star-Burns' death is "not just thrown away", but "triggers the rest of the entire season.[32] Filming of the season concluded in mid-February 2012.[33]

Dan Harmon planned on making the third season more cohesive than the previous, with more connectivity between the storylines of the episodes, as well as to make the show more grounded, with somewhat fewer themed episodes. Harmon also planned out the characters' storylines for the entire season.[34] Explaining the theme of the third season, and Jeff's journey for the season, Harmon says, "Season 3 is about the price that you pay when you figure out that you love a group of people. That's it in a nutshell. It's about the high cost of valuing people other than yourself, and that's the path that Jeff has been on. The third chapter for him is going to be the toughest of all. When you love people, their pain is your pain. Nobody likes having to deal with hassles more than Jeff Winger, and nobody's going to have to deal with more this year."[34]

On November 14, 2011, NBC announced that they were removing Community from their mid-season schedule to make room for 30 Rock, which returned to Thursday nights.[35] On February 21, 2012, it was announced that the series would return on March 15, 2012.[36]

On March 17, 2011 NBC officially renewed the series for a third season five days after Season Two concluded. In a TV Guide interview, creator Dan Harmon promised a more serialized approach to the storytelling in Season Three, fewer "themed" episodes and hinted at the personal struggles each character would have to face. Filming began on July 25, 2011.

On November 14, 2011, NBC announced their mid-season schedule and it was revealed that "Community" would not immediately return and was instead put on hiatus to come back sometime at a later date. This was done to make room for the returning "30 Rock" to take its 8:00PM EST time slot and to also move the new show "Up All Night" to Thursday from its Wednesday slot. A PSA was created by the online comedy site College Humor featuring the cast of Community. Joel McHale and Jim Rash would later appear in a NBC promo poking fun at the show and the hiatus. Despite not airing for several months, production continued as scheduled.

Fans of Community immediately began to refer to the hiatus as "The Darkest Timeline". Many of them began internet campaigns championing the show and demonstrating their support on social network sites with the rallying cry being #sixseasonsandamovie. On December 22, 2011 and January 20, 2012 flash mobs were organized by fans through facebook and other Community fan sites appearing in front of NBC studios at Rockefeller Center.

Filming of the season concluded in mid-February 2012. On February 21, 2012, NBC made the announcement that "Community" would be returning March 15th to its regular time slot at 8:00PM. A trailer was released to promote the show's return. The shows first episode back, "Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts", earned it a 2.2/7 ratings among the 18-49 demographic. This was its highest ratings since Season One. The show finished airing the final three episodes on May 17 2012.

On May 10, 2012, NBC announced Community would be back for a fourth season but it was uncertain if Harmon would return as his contract with Sony was up. On May 18th, 2012 Sony Pictures Television made the official announcement that Dan Harmon would not return as showrunner and instead be made a consulting producer. He was replaced by the team of David Guarascio and Moses Port whose work included the ABC sitcom "Happy Endings".

Pierce discovers that Hawthorne Wipes have become very popular in the gay community and decides to capitalize on it with a new product and a "Gay Bash" event to be held at Greendale. Meanwhile, Troy finds himself having to choose between being a plumber or an air conditioning repair man.

What did you think of the premiere? Does it bode well for season 3? What will it take to make Jeff and Pierce friends? Will Chang be able to halt his downward slide? And most importantly, would you watch Cougarton Abbey? Do you think Cougar Town will also end with its characters drinking hemlock?

The sitcom centering around a group of outcast students becoming friends at a community college in Colorado might have struggled in terms of viewership (and it'll never be understood why) but nevertheless, the series produced hysterical content year after year, including during season three.

Troy and Abed finally decided to move into an apartment together at the start of season 3, and by episode eight, they had already invited Annie to join them. However, during this episode when Annie is supposed to move in, Troy and Abed quickly begin to get on Annie's nerves and make her second guess whether or not she should move in at all.

The show was always known for its Halloween specials and the third season was no different. Britta discovers (after making everybody in the group take an anonymous psych test for her major) that somebody in their lovable little gang is "incredibly mentally unstable."

One of the weirdest twists of season three was how Chang (who started the series as a Spanish teacher and the season as a security-guard) had managed to concoct a plan that allowed him to take over Greendale, kidnapping the Dean and getting the Greendale Seven kicked out of the school in the process.

So far on the young season, Cole Hein is batting .714 with 5 hits in 7 at bats, including a double and 2 RBI. Christian Bruno is batting .571 with 3 walks, while Rees Campanale his batting .462 with 6 hits (2 doubles and a homerun), 5 RBI and 5 walks. Griiffin Olson is leading the team with 8 RBI and 6 walks so far. Jovan Marrero-Soto has 5 stolen bases in 6 games to pace the Jackets.

All students, staff, and faculty are invited to join Dean Paul and Courtney Caron and the Christian Legal Society for viewings of the third season of the Biblically-based TV series The Chosen each Friday at 12:35 PM in the Caruso Auditorium's Classroom D.

03:31 Pugh: You also had the erosion of trust, that's even more difficult. While their residents are looking to get their infrastructure restored, that trust is just as important to be restored, or more important as we talk about the physical health, the mental health as well as of the water system itself, that's still under repair. When you look at voices being just totally ignored, votes being totally ignored, you have a people, one of the most impoverished communities, and a mostly black and brown community, that felt their lives and rightfully so, were not valued.

08:25 Narrator: Flint's challenges are both commonplace and uniquely its own. Dr. Kent Key is a lifelong resident of the city. He works towards solving Flint's challenges, and does so by including community voices and considering racial equity at every step.

11:38 Key: Currently in my work as a health disparities researcher, I use community engagement approaches to doing research. And what that means is, unlike traditional research, actually bringing community members and leaders to the table to decide and to design what the research should look like. And we know in traditional research, that's not normally the case, that it happens in the ivory tower until you need recruitment and then you come into the community, you get your data and then you back off to the ivory tower, and maybe not ever to return to the same community that you work with. But in community engaged research, it's really about building social capital and building trusted relationships with community.

13:20 Key: There are avenues now to engage communities in a more equitable way, and that equity goes not just with expertise, but it also goes with the decision-making, the co-ownership of the data, because whatever comes from the research, just like it's going to benefit the researcher with publications and their ability to use that data to write another grant to even expound on that work, so they're building a career off of this, that data should also be co-owned by the community, so that community now can use that exact same data and it can actually drive the creation and the development of programs that are sustainable in the community. 041b061a72


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