When NBC announced its mid-season lineup in November, fanboys and girls across the Internet could be heard screaming into their Snuggies because “Community,” the low-rated but much-loved Joel McHale sitcom that kicked off NBC’s Thursday night comedy block, wasn’t on it.
The comedy was left off to make room for the return of “30 Rock,” which itself was delayed after star Tina Fey gave birth to her second child late this summer. At the time, NBC promised the show was not being canned entirely and now network entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt has elaborated to reporters and TV critics at NBC’s semi-annual press tour event in Pasadena.
“I wanted to dispel any notion that it’s quietly disappearing from the schedule,” Greenblatt said. “‘Community’ was moved to 8 PM a couple years ago and that’s an incredibly competitive time slot now on Thursday and I’m really curious to see what something else would do there. I don’t know if it makes sense to ask it to start off the night again. We’ve tried to migrate some comedies to Wednesday this year. It’s a matter of looking at what happens with the six comedies we’ve got, to figure out where ‘Community’ makes the most sense.”
So while the cult comedy will be back at some as-yet-unannounced time later this spring to compete its third season, whether it will return for a fourth remains up in the air.
“I don’t know. Those are hard questions to answer at this point,” Greenblatt told reporters about the prospect of another season of “Community.” “We’ll make that decision closer to the upfront.”