NBC’s ‘Community’ season 4 spoilers: ‘The Hunger Games’ spoof coming

Just in case you were worried that “Community” was going to go to some sort of normal place with Dan Harmon off the show, there’s no reason to fret anymore based on the first image that we have just seen from the show’s fourth season.

Basically, the entire October 19 premiere is going to serve as a bizarre tribute of sorts to the smash success known as “The Hunger Games.” When Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) ends up not being able to find student records for enrollment in a class known as “The History of Ice Cream” (which seems to be the perfect sort of class considering that they already have one all about “Who’s the Boss” quotes), he stages a competition similar to what we saw in the famous book and movie series in order for prospective students to battle it out. This not only sounds completely ridiculous, but also the sort of hilarious thing that Harmon and some of the show’s old writers would have come up with.

In talking about the image to the left to Entertainment Weekly, Joel McHale even offers up a sarcastic take on what this fan reaction is going to be here:

“Fans will see these pictures and go, ‘Dammit, they’ve tried to make this show mainstream! They’re trying to steal the Two and a Half Men audience!’ They’re going to be like, ‘What — is this an episode of The Middle?’”

Will this concept work? It’s too early to tell, but we at least applaud the new team for not shying away from doing something that is both a little bit bold and a little bit crazy during one of the show’s opening episodes. “Community” is going to be on Fridays this fall (a challenge in itself), and it has to find ways to convince its fans new and old that the show is still going to be very much worth watching.

What do you think about this poster, and does it make you any more excited for the upcoming season? We want to hear some more of your thoughts below! If you want to see what role Tricia Helfer is going to be playing on the show this season, be sure and read the story here.

Photo: NBC

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