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NBC Shelves Community to Clear Space for 30 Rock’s Jan. 12 Return

NBC is shelving Community to make room for the midseason premiere of 30 Rock. A network spokeswoman assures Vulture the low-rated, but much-loved, comedy is merely being put “on the bench for a bit” and will return.

When that might be is the big question. When the Peacock rolled out its Greendale-less midseason lineup on Monday, Community Executive Producer Neil Goldman tweeted, “Midseason schedule burn!” That was followed by star Alison Brie, who wrote, “Troy and Abed in the … summer??”

Community isn’t the only absence, however. Prime Suspect, the freshman remake of the acclaimed U.K. police procedural (it will be replaced on the Thursday schedule by an adaptation of John Grisham’s The Firm). Yet somehow Whitney remains, albeit at a new day and time (Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, beginning Jan. 11).

30 Rock returns Thursday, Jan. 12, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. NBC’s midseason lineup can be found below.


  • 8-10 p.m. — “The Voice” (season premiere Sunday, Feb. 5; series resumes Feb. 6)
  • 10-11 p.m. – “Smash” (new series; beginning Feb. 6)


  • 8-10 p.m. — “The Biggest Loser” (beginning Jan. 3)
  • 10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (through Feb. 28)
  • 10-11 p.m. – “Fashion Star” (new series; beginning Tuesday, March 13, 9-11 p.m. ET with two-hour premiere; one-hour broadcasts resume March 20)


  • 8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney” (beginning Jan. 11)
  • 8:30-9 p.m. – “Are You There, Chelsea?” (new series; beginning Jan. 11)
  • 9-10 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (beginning Feb. 8)
  • 10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”


  • 8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock” (beginning Jan. 12)
  • 8:30-9 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”
  • 9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”
  • 9:30-10 p.m. – “Up All Night” (beginning Jan. 12)
  • 10-11 p.m. – “The Firm” (new series; two-hour premiere Sunday, Jan.8; Thursday time period premiere Jan. 12)


  • 8-9 p.m. – “Who Do You Think You Are?” (beginning Feb. 3)
  • 9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”
  • 10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”


  • 8-9 p.m. – “Harry’s Law” (encore broadcasts)
  • 9-10 — “The Firm” (encore broadcasts)
  • 10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcasts)


  • 7-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” (beginning Jan. 8)
  • 8-9 p.m. – “Harry’s Law” (beginning March 4)
  • 9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice” (beginning Feb. 12)


  • Jose Brian

    Well this is bullshit.

  • Anonymous

    Well, definitely much less of a reason for me to even consider watching NBC.

  • RunnerX13

    Community and Prime Suspect are the only shows I watch on NBC.  The Alec Baldwin-less 30 Rock better be stellar, or NBC will join CBS on my list of networks I don’t watch.

  • 0bsessions

    Well, my Thursday night television lineup was getting pretty overcrowded anyway, I suppose I can just use this as a prime reason to just stop watching NBC altogether again.

    /cries in the corner into his Troy and Abed In the Morning mug.

  • Jerry

    Wow, one of their only good shows.  Thanks NBC!

  • Johnny


  • thesnappysneezer

    The only thing on American Tv worth watching gone.