Community Finally Has a Return Date! NBC Announces Its Midseason Premiere Schedule

Fellow Community nerds, I come bearing great news! Our beloved comedy finally has a return date after being jerked around the schedule by an uncaring NBC. The fourth season of The Greendale Tales will debut on...


FEBRUARY 7 AT 8PM


That's a Thursday, which means Community will reclaim its original time slot. It will replace 30 Rock, which at that point will have wrapped up its final season. Community was originally scheduled to air on Fridays beginning October 19, but NBC finally stopped taking stupid pills and saw the light.

The Community premiere date comes as part of NBC's announcement of its midseason schedule. Another big change is the move of Smash from Mondays to Tuesdays, essentially killing the "Music Mondays" the network was so keen on last season. Smash returns with a two-hour episode on February 5 at 9pm.

New comedy 1600 Penn, a family sitcom set in the White House starring Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman, and Josh Gad, joins NBC's Thursday-night block starting January 10. It will air at 9:30pm, pushing Parks and Recreation up to 8:30pm. Up All Night will take a break while it retools itself as a multi-camera comedy.

Revolution, which NBC is calling "the season's only bona fide new hit series," will take an extended vacation at the start of the new year. The sci-fi drama will return on March 25, presumably after a midseason finale sometime in December. That means Revolution, a serialized sci-fi fantasy drama, will be off the air for a quarter of the year. Ditto for The Voice, which is currently in its third season and will return for its fourth on the same night. NBC just can't keep those two apart!

Subbing in for Revolution and The Voice during their breaks will be The Biggest Loser and new drama Notorious Infamous Deception (its third name).

Here's how the schedule breaks down, in handy-dandy list form, with the rest of the returns and premieres (be warned that it's confusing, but that's NBC for ya!):


NBC's MIDSEASON 2013 PREMIERE DATES (AND OTHER TIME CHANGES)


Sunday, January 6
9:00pm – The Biggest Loser (special two-hour premiere)


Monday, January 7
8:00pm – The Biggest Loser (regular one-hour edition)
10:00pm – Deception


Thursday, January 10
9:30pm – 1600 Penn


Tuesday, February 5
8:00pm – Betty White's Off Their Rockers (back-to-back episodes)


Tuesday, February 5
9:00pm – Smash (two-hour premiere)


Thursday, February 7
8:00pm – Community
8:30pm – Parks and Recreation (time change)


Tuesday, February 12
10:00pm – Smash (regular one-hour edition)


Sunday, March 3
9:00pm – The Celebrity Apprentice (two-hour premiere)


Monday, March 25
8:00pm – The Voice (two-hour edition)
10:00pm – Revolution (returning from hiatus)


Tuesday, March 26
8:00pm – The Voice (one-hour edition)


Sunday, March 31
8:00pm – Ready For Love
10:00pm – The Celebrity Apprentice (one-hour edition)



Obviously we encourage you to express your pleasure over Community's return date—and share any other thoughts you have about NBC's midseason schedule—in the comments.

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If only NBC placed a series order for Mockingbird Lane a couple of months ago....then Mockingbird Lane would replace Revolution and they'd probably have another hit. (I can see the same viewers watching Revolution watch Mockingbird Lane and the same viewers watching Mockingbird Lane watch Revolution) I don't see Deception as being a likely hit. and it's likely going to also affect the ratings of Revolution.
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Thursday? Good. February? TERRIBLE. 3 more months?!? What is wrong with NBC that they cannot make a single good decision anymore without some stumbling? This confirms that the show will be canceled, there's no way they can build an audience starting at sweeps after 9 months off the air and only a handful of episodes until the end of the season AND it has no lead-in yet again, how is that supposed to build promise?
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Finally... February it is then. Thursdays is actually a good slot and it looks like it won't suffer from a long midseason break. It's good to see that NBC at least gave this some thought.
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NBC is going to killed "Revolution" with that break. Bad move, really bad move.
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They're pulling another "Heroes", basically they didn't want to commit to a full run and now they've got to play catch-up.
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Argh, I can't wait until February.
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Awesome news that its coming back, but surely now theres no chance of Season 4 getting a full 20-something episode order.



However hopefully if Park and Rec/being on a thursday can get it a ratings boost maybe a season 5 has a glimmer of hope.

Still don't get why theres so much riding on what day of the week stuff is on in the U.S.A., over here in U.K. shows seem to air all over the place no matter their popularity. In fact a lot of really good stuff is on Saturday (something seen as madness across the pond)
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So revolution is going to come back about the same time that the new season of Game of Thrones usually premieres, seems like a wise decision, no difference in quality there :-).
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The return of Community and Psych. February is soooo October 19th!
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I wonder how everyone at my office is going to react when they see all their calenders have been flipped back to October that day...
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I am so doing that!
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POP POP!!!
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February?

13 episodes?

I'm sad.

If this thing ever ends up cancelled.... I'd never forgive NBC, ever. What if all the fans go on a hunger strike or something? Just until NBC swears to give us full seasons forever or until Mc Hale goes bald. Can we do that? Can someone get that organized?
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yay! Smash! boo. pushed-back premiere.
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yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes
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Yay for Community! 13 eps better than none! If they have X'mas or Halloween eps I don't mind watching them in Feb or March! Is the whole main cast returning?
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i heard its supposed to air on november 7 in canada
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you sure?
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BREAKING NEWS:

Well, not really breaking. More like mildly cracking news.

Canada's Citytv will NOT being airing Community on October 19th/November 9th. It was a mistake on their part and Citytv has since released a statement they will be simulcasting with NBC on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m ET/PT.

I, like many Canadians, died a little inside after Citytv clarified their horrendously hopeful mistake of airing Community a full three months before our neighbors to the south. In the end we only had a few fleeting hours of euphoria before it was ripped away.

October 19th is a fickle mistress.
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COOL COOL COOL
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In short: 1600 Penn !maybe! profits from rising rating towards the The Office Finale. I don't know about Smash in the Parenthood time slot, and while I hate being so mean: I hope everyone forgets about Revolution and it gets canceled to make space for hopefully something better and less disappointing.

By the way: When does the no-so-promising-sounding comedy (well, The Neighbors was, too, so I guess you never know) Save Me start? And what about Do No Harm and more importantly Hannibal????
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I'm gonna miss Revolution while it's on hiatus. I need my weekly sci-fi fix! :(
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Yea, what bendylegsnick said. If you hurry you can catch up on Fringe before the finale, and watch it together with the rest of us. We're all meeting at FringeFanatic's house for the finale, bring some tissues and tequila.
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Excellent suggestion, bicelis! I'm sure we all need to stock up on tissues after last week's episode.

Now I've got some good news and bad news. Bad News: there will be a $10 (or a bag of walnuts) cover charge. Good News: amber&vodka shots are on the house AND I've booked Fringe's biggest star for the event ...

Gene the Cow!

(P.S. Observer/Invader attire optional.)
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Argh! Why did I read your post?!?! You just reminded me of what happened last week, and I just recently stopped crying. >_<
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Why not watch (or rewatch) Battlestar Galactica or Continuum or The X-Files or Fringe or Falling Skies or Firefly or literally any other sci-fi show!?
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Falling Skies? Really? What about Tera Nova? Might as well throw that in too.
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Because all those shows aren't Community.
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Anonymous_A said he needs his sci-fi fix. But some Community NEVER hurts.
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1) I'm a girl and 2) I totally agree that some Community never hurts.
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Please please please, no Fringe season 5 spoilers! I have only just got into the show (thanks Fringe Fanatic!) and I am currently on season 4 ep 20 I think, so please, don't ruin what has become one of the most exciting tv series I've ever come across. Thank you.
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Good news that Community is coming back, but I look forward to the Christmas episode :(
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Yeah, I love that Community is coming back, but I hate the idea of not getting a Christmas episode or a Halloween episode. They do those so well.
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Yeah I have a feeling they already filmed them. It's odd, but some shows have aired late or early holiday episodes because of scheduling shifts
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How early in advance did they film the first episodes of this season? Maybe a Christmas episode exists and it'll be withheld until the DVD or something.
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Or maybe they'll just show them like the rest - seasons be damned.
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From what I understand, there still might be a halloween and Christmas episode they will just be outdated by the time they are. They have already filmed the first few episodes of the season, and changing it now would require a budget Community probably doesnt have.
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I feel sorry for 1600 Penn. It has to against Person of Interest & Grey's Anatomy.
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Leonard likes this post! :)
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About time. Does anyone know if Community is gonna have 22 or 13 episodes this season? It better be 22
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It's 13 episodes.
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Oh that is the opposite of Batman but at least it's coming back! :)
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Sure I could read this news as the continuing descent of NBC into the stupidity circle of tv hell, but I prefer to focus on the good Community news! Community's coming back yay! And at least we shouldn't get a lengthy midseason break this year. Let's just hope that the new showrunners don't ruin it.
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Glad Community is coming back, even though Feb 7 is forever to get that October 19th feeling.

Pairing it with Parks and Rec seems like a good idea.

Hope Comunity gets an extension or another season, and either way that Jeff/Annie gets some attention/progress.
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So happy to hear of a return date, but it's way too late. This will mess up any seasonal stories they have. As for the Revolution delay, cable shows take long breaks like that all the time, so it's no big deal. Psych has been off for a long time and doesn't come back until February. I don't usually look forward to February, but this year I do.
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I hate NBC.



That being said at least they are bringing back Community. But hey NBC, two words, web isodes.



As for Revolution, for some reason I am willing to bet that the writers didn't think they would make it past 5 episodes. So they may not have written the second half of the season. Which is odd because it only goes like this. Charlie says something dramatic to Miles, Miles says Maybe I or you should leave, Charlie gets kidnapped from doing the same thing she has been doing for the past 5 episodes. Miles or Taylor Lautner look alike rescues her. Rinse and repeat. I am betting that the NBC guys said ok what's next and the writers were just stumped. Because really, what the hell is next.
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Knew this was going to happen. Long wait has turned into a longer one.
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Why is NBC f***ing with Revolution already? They finally sort of have a new hit on their hands. Keep the momentum going and keep us in the habit of watching NBC every Monday 10pm. Use it as the launchpad to push the other new shows.
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Because it's horrendously bad...
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3 month hiatus for Revolution? It's gonna end badly.



We all know what happened with Jericho after that long hiatus. It never recovered and ended up cancelled by CBS. I know this is NBC we're talking about and it's not 2009 anymore but putting a freshman series on a 3 month hiatus is a bad choice.



Especially when you consider the fact that Jericho was streets ahead in terms of quality compared to Revolution.
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Agreed, Jericho was streets ahead!
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Very happy to see "Community" returning finally!
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Looks like February 7th will be an October 19th.
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I would have preferred CityTV went with the supposed airing starting November 7th which was believed to have been the cause for this announcement but whatevs.

can we expect a revolution review sometime soon, Tim?
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what about do no harm? or it got canceled?
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Not canceled, but given its lack of inclusion, seems likely to be in the late spring/early summer (along with Hannibal, I guess).
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