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Ending nearly two months of speculation and teeth-grinding about the midseason benching of the low-rated Community, NBC Entertainment President Robert Greenblatt assured reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour today that the comedy “has not been canceled.” However, he was unable to say when exactly it may return this spring, or where.
“When I announced our midseason changes last fall and took Community off the schedule, I failed to explicitly say that it would be back,” TVLine quotes Greenblatt as saying. “I want to expel any notion that it is just disappearing off the schedule.”
Debuting September 2009 in the 9:30 p.m. Thursday slot, Community was quickly moved to 8 p.m., where it remained until Dec. 8, its last episode before the show was bumped off the schedule to make room for the season premiere of 30 Rock. But when the Greendale gang finally does return, it may be at a different time.
In related comedy news, Greenblatt also revealed that, despite repeated hints by Alec Baldwin that he would be leaving 30 Rock, NBC has “quietly re-upped” the actor’s contract for two more years. There’s no guarantee that the series, which kicks off its sixth season on Thursday, will be renewed, but if it is, Jack Donaghy will be there with it.