NBC Delays Community’s Return
All Community fans want is to watch their favorite comedy. Unfortunately, NBC has other plans, at least for the moment.
First there was worry that the network wouldn’t renew the sitcom, then showrunner/creator Dan Harmon was fired, and then the show was moved to Friday for its upcoming fourth season. Now? NBC has delayed the scheduled Oct. 14 premieres of Community and Whitney.
“Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks — including winning the first week of the season in adults 18-49 — we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of Oct. 19,” the network said in a statement. “Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week; plus, we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of Whitney and Community.”
Instead of debuting new episodes of those shows on Fridays, NBC will instead rerun episodes of their fairy-tale procedural Grimm. No date has been announced for the return of Community and Whitney, but a source tells The Hollywood Reporter the delay is intended to allow both comedy to receive a stronger promotional push.