Community Has a Return Date; NBC Shakes Up Its Schedule


The madness finally ENDS.

Whoever threw that bucket of ice water in NBC's face, thank you. Ever since the network made the comatose decision to boot Community off its midseason schedule so it could play around with its lineup, we've been waiting for the suits there to come to their senses (or something close to senses)—and according to series Dan Harmon, they finally have.

Community will return to Thursdays at 8pm starting March 15, according to a Tweet from Harmon:

Fudge and yeah!

But with Community returning, it means NBC's other shows have to scoot out of the way and play musical chairs. When the music stopped this morning, Parks and Recreation was left standing and will take a five-week break before it returns on April 19, according to press release from the network. 30 Rock will move to 8:30pm, The Office will stay put at 9pm, and Up All Night will run straight through the conclusion of its 24-episode order before it gives way to Parks and Rec.

So Thursdays on NBC this spring will look like this:


Starting March 15:
8:00pm - Community
8:30pm - 30 Rock
9:00pm - The Office
9:30pm - Up All Night


Starting April 19:
8:00pm - Community
8:30pm - 30 Rock
9:00pm - The Office
9:30pm - Parks and Recreation



It's true! It's really true!

In addition to NBC's Thursday-night shake-up, new comedies Bent and Best Friends Forever have been scheduled to premiere on Wednesday, March 21 and Wednesday, April 4, respectively. Bent will air back-to-back episodes on Wednesdays from March 21 to April 4 from 9-10pm (more like Burned? As in burned off?), and Best Friends Forever will be paired in the 8 o'clock hour with Betty White's Off Their Rockers. Rock Center with Brian Williams will move to 10pm, in case you are Brian Williams' mom and wanted to know.

And the best news of all? Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea?, which previously held the Wednesday from 8-9pm hour, will finally be done with their seasons so we can forget they ever gouged our eyeballs out in the first place. Still, that new Wednesday lineup doesn't look a whole lot better.


Okay, enough chatter, go ahead and talk about how awesome Community is in the comments below!


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TROY AND ABED IN THE MOOOORNIN' !
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Happy dance!!!!
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I am sad it comes at the expense of Parks and Rec but glad it's coming back. Hopefully, Parks, Community, 30 Rock and the Office all come back next season. There aren't enough good comedies on TV.
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PARTY!
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Yes! Finally the only great thing on all of television is back, Community!! Can't wait for it to be back for many more seasons! 8pm Thursdays forever!

Welcome bach Community!!! We've missed you soooo much!!

6 seasons and a movie!
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Community is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack

YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

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Time to get my paintball gun...
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that's a solid comedy bloc for NBC
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I loved Whitney
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LOL .......LOL
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Conan O'Brien joked last night that the millions of rabid Community fans would celebrate the return of the series by watching it online the day after it airs.



Ouch, bro.... ouch.
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there is some truth in that. too bad the networks don't count all the online streaming
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Clearly NBC doesn't read tv.com or this would be renewed for at least 3 seasons
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No they don't.

But they do read their precious ratings.



It's actually impossible for an excellent show such as Community to be widely successful and watched. It does not compute
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Pop, pop!
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So happy I literally cried when I read that tweet.
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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!... That is all
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Now that community is back I can breath again :)
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Another bad move by NBC, for me at least. They put Community up against Big Bang Theory and The Vampire Diaries(which is my 2nd favorite show), which means Community will have to be recorded on my 2nd DVR and I hate watching on that TV. lol

They did the same thing on Friday night, putting Grimm up against Supernatural(which is my favorite show) and Fringe.
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I agree with The Big Bang Theory (although I seriously cannot understand how anyone can *not* watch The Big Bang Theory) but you lost me at Vampire Diaries. Maybe because I'm not a tween. Though, when I was, I was a Buffy girl. : ) I really think that BBT and Community in the same time slot is a bad idea. If NBC dropped them back to the 8:30 time slot, I think they'd get the numbers they're looking for.
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Yeah you're totally right! Although, I seriously cannot understand how anyone can watch The Big Bang Theory. ESPECIALLY when you compare it to Community or, like you said, The Vampire Diaries (which really shouldn't be compared since it's not a comedy but airs around the same time). Anyway, I hope this doesn't lead to trouble in their ratings!!
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http://memegenerator.net/instance/15055564
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Too funny!
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Parks & Recks sux. It can stay gone. COMMUNITY 4ever!!
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Community's numbers will be dismal once again. Parks and Rec is an infinitely better show, and now it gets screwed for the 2nd time in one season.
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Maybe don't try to Britta the comments with yours! And I love Parks so much but it is by far the wittier more original clever show!
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I'm so happy, I could cry!!! JK about crying, but I AM ecstatic!
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hip hip HURAY!
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HELL YESSSS! I don't understand why there was any hesitation with this show from NBC? Just check out all these awesome supportive comments, doesn't this count for anything??!
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Oh happy Day!! I found out from all my friends, who blew up facebook with posts about Community's return date! Shame it is at the expense of Parks and Recs, but I will deal with that. Tim, your our inside man, I need you to look into something for me. What were the shows following Community's ratings like before and after it went away. I am curious to see if the whole night suffered without Community. But any viewers watching now would most likely coming for the return of 30 Rock. As for the Wednesday shows... paaass.
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Oh be still my heart!
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YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHHH
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lol what is that pic of pierce and jeff from??
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Its from the valentines day ep I think from season 2
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How awesome is Community?
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on a scale of one to ten: 11
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Tim don't you know your audience? It's been 18 hours since you wrote this piece and it's the first time I noticed there were words after "Community has a return date". I mean, there was a blur afterwards and wild partying and stuff. There could have been monkies involved, I'm not sure, can't remember that well. Now I'm hungover and noticed there were MORE words in your text. What was that about? No-one probably read them...
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Half a year ago I didn't know about Community and Parks and Rec.



The two greatest discoveries in my life since I discovered my fingers as a baby!



I'm not happy to see Parks and Rec be sidelined, but atleast we got a return date. But tbh, I can't be too upset about it now as I'm overjoyed about Community returning. Parks and Rec will be back and I'll be waiting for them.



but it's very clear that Jeff, Britta, Abed, Shirley, Annie, Troy, Pierce, Chang, Dean Pelton, Leslie, Ann, Tom, Ron, April, Andy, Jerry, Donna, Ben and Chris deserve more respect from NBC and the rest of the world.
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Finally will be able to shave!

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Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!! My birthday the day before :D BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Awesome!
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I bet NBC is in for the money. Temporarily taking off the "fan favorites" in their prime to boost sales. I watched Community again during the hiatus.
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It's too bad they don't just cancel The Office, or at least make that show take a break. Parks and Rec is their funniest Thursday show, so it's a shame it has to leave for a while.
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WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! My Greendale crew is back!
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Hey as long as Community is back, than i don't care about the rest of thursdays line-up, they are not that great anyway. But i think that Are you there, Chelsea? was great, and as to what's on Thursdays besides Community, Whitney was actually watchable. But let's see what those new shows have to offer i actaully look a bit forward to Bent.
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I like Parks and Rec, but at least with that show you know the deal - when it will be off, how long it will be off, when it will return. Not as upsetting as when we lost Community indefinitely. At least there's some certainty about it. (In other words, why is NBC such a b***h about things sometimes?)
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Well they shelve community and parks, yet praise 30 rock to high heavens, so it kinda gives you an idea of what kind of people run things at NBC. Seriously 30 rock has such atrocious writing and Tina Fey is the most unfunny lead in any sitcom except 2 men
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Ha I totally agree I don't get why 30Rock gets all of the attention it makes no sense
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WE ARE NO LONGER IN AN EVIL TIMELINE, HURRRAHH!
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thank god!!!!!
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YEAH YEAH YEAAAAAAHHHHH! I miss this study group
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This is WONDERFUL WONDERFUL! And the only silver lining I can think of for them waiting this long is that Abed can be brought out of the cryogenic state with Cougar Town back on the air.
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Great, great news! FINALLY!!! YES !!!!!!
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Great news, though I kind of wish The Office would get shelved instead of Parks and Rec. This season just isn't doing it for me.
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With lineup like this, how can NBC lose ?
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Awesome! this should never have even been up for debate in the first place.



on another note, i personally think that parks and rec is better than the office (currently) and they could have parked that instead.

*Edit: I just scrolled down and noticed some shared feelings about this. Swansons forever!
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My Thursday will finally be complete now that Communty is back! Praise the lord \o/
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I guess that guy really was a Demon...meh worth it
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Whats all the fuss about community? Is it that good that i should start watching >?

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It really depends on your tastes. I'm saying this with all my effort of objectivity: Community is one of the most creative shows out there. It's clever, fun, sweet, daring, and really loves poking fun at itself, movies, and other TV shows.



However, there's certainly a different feel between episodes in season one and episodes in season three... and while some people prefer the latter, some prefer the former. I kind of see it as having gotten a lot more creative, but maybe in sacrifice of the more joke-y jokes.



I think it's important, however, that if you want to start watching the show, you start from season one. I think season three of Community is better understood if you've watched from the beginning.
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Its not that good...
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If what you witness begs you to ask questions about whether you should watch it or not...haven't you already answered your own question(s)?
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And you have to stick with it for between 3 to 5 episodes to really get inducted into the community.
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And you have to stick with it for between 3 to 5 episodes to really get inducted into the community.
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Yes, yes, and definitely yes. It's hilarious...but you should start from season 1

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Obviously, what kind of madman wouldn't?
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!
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OH MY GOOODDDDNESSSS!!! FINALLY! BENT HAS A PREMIERE DATE!!!
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