‘Community’ Returns to NBC on March 15th

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It certainly feels like ages since it was last on television, but fans missing their beloved Community can breathe easy now that NBC has announced the temporarily shelved sitcom will be back to finish out its third season on March 15.

Series creator and executive producer Dan Harmon announced the news via his Twitter account by saying: “What you call 8:00, we call home.

The tweet was soon followed up by an official press release from NBC, which brought an end to the fears of many that, despite all assurances to the contrary, Community may have been left off the network’s lineup for good.

The actual press release is more intent on selling the new comedy offerings from the network: Bent and Best Friends Forever, and already previewed Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. Although the release saves the highly-anticipated announcement for last, fans will likely take any good news concerning Community as they can get it.

According to NBC entertainment president Robert Greenblatt:

“We are happy to have an unprecedented amount of original content on NBC this spring. Bent, Best Friends Forever and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers are welcome additions to the Wednesday schedule, and we know that the loyal fans of Community will be pleased with its return to its home on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m.”

As if the semi-dismissive acknowledgement of Community wasn’t enough, Greenblatt went on to discuss his confidence in the decision to place the show in the time slot that it was essentially kicked out of last December.

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“I don’t know if it makes sense to ask it to start off the night again, but, you know, we have a really tight schedule with comedies, and there’s not a lot of places to put comedies.”

In all fairness, when Greenblatt bemoans the lack of space for comedies, he is not overstating the point. Community’s return means that another fan-favorite, Parks and Recreation, will be the next sitcom issued a hiatus notice – though for a much shorter amount of time. Parks will be off NBC’s schedule until April 19, returning after the freshman comedy Up All Night has finished its remaining episodes.

Secondly, and perhaps more disconcerting, the 8:00 time slot means Community will be up against CBS’ comedy juggernaut The Big Bang Theory, which recently topped American Idol in the ratings. So, in that case, Greenblatt was right, Community at 8:00 really doesn’t make a lot of sense but perhaps the promise of a familiar character being killed off will help bring in higher ratings than before.

Regardless, the good news is that the students of Greendale Community College are back in class, and, for the time being at least, fans can tune in and watch.

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Look for new episodes of Community starting Thursday, March 15 @8pm on NBC.

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. BEST.NEWS.EVER>

  2. First off, ‘Pop-Pop’. And yeah this is good news.Glad to hear it is coming back.

    • lol

  3. This is great news! However, having Community pitted against Big Bang Theory may not bode well for our beloved program. I don’t know if it thus has a fair chance to improve in the ratings, which if it doesn’t will probably ultimately be the demise of it. Sadly.

  4. I am excited to see it come back too… however… Like others have vocalized, I wish they hadn’t put it against Big Bang.

    Hopefully this isn’t a ploy to just run it for a month and say “See… the ratings just aren’t good enough. Got to pull it altogether.”

  5. I’m happy but Community deserves a better time slot and respect from NBC. Show some goodwill Greenblatt.

  6. I’m happy that Community will be back and starting April 19th NBC will finally have the Thursday Night lineup I’ve been hoping for. 2hrs of solid to great comedies.

  7. So happy about the return of Community…I’m beyond excited…But I’m not enthused about bumping Parks and Recreation for a month. However, I am most grateful for the new Wednesday line-up…they could show a looped video of a cat using a liter-box and it would be more entertaining than Whitney and Chelsea’s sitcoms…worst sitcoms on television in my opinion (I hope NBC cancels both of them now that they have run all the episodes in their seasons).

    • I couldn’t agree more.
      And just think, NBC had the creators recast and change the original pilot for Chelsea’s show.
      It makes you wonder how bad must that of been if this was seen as an improvement????
      I know the chances are slim but I hope both Community and Parks & Rec are back next season. It seems like a long shot though.

  8. 6 seasons and a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Can’t the idiots move it to Tuesday or Wednesday? Duh!

  10. Don’t know why they keep putting it on against the Big Bang Theory, probably just so they can say the ratings are bad. 30 Rock is on its way out anyway, so just let it dance out in the opening slot. I do find it funny NBC continues to protect other shows that are not as good, or have as big a fan base as Community does. Namely those two Wednesday shows other posters have mentioned, which are just bad tampon commercials that run for half an hour.

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