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Benjamin Wood
December 08, 2011 AT 06:42 PM EST

Ever since news broke that Community was being temporarily benched from the NBC schedule to make way for newer, hopefully-more-audience-attracting programming, I’ve been living in denial. I can’t imagine a world without Star Burns, Ring-a-Ding-Dean and Magnitude — Pop Pop! The Greendale gang have been good sports about the whole affair, tweeting their support (#SixSeasonsAndAMovie) and invading Joel McHale’s other show The Soup en masse to show us a happy, quirky family.

Bud sadly, today I am forced to face the music. Tonight’s Christmas-themed episode “Regional Holiday Music,” which finds the gang filling in for the GCC Glee Club, is the final episode before the Hiatus of Possible Doom. It is the end of the beginning of the end, as it were. While fans remain hopeful that Community will finish its third season at some unspecified date in the future, the long-term health of the show is murky. Plus, who knows? If NBC’s ratings drastically improve with the new spring schedule (“if” being the operative word in that sentence), Community‘s time on the bench could become a death sentence. I hate to say it, but it’s altogether possible that tonight is the last time we ever see our favorite study group.

But I say, let’s focus on the positive. Let’s enjoy the show tonight, say “Happy Holidays” to the gang, fly our “E Pluribus Anus” flags high, and look forward to when we see the Human Beings back in class sometime in the spring. If you want to make it an extra fun time, take a shot tonight every time someone says “Regionals.”

What do you say Community fans? Will you be watching tonight?

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