NBC: ‘Community,’ ‘Whitney’ Season Premiere Dates Delayed, No New Dates Announced

In news that’s bound to make the Community fanboy crybabies completely lose their sh*t, NBC has confirmed with THR that the fan-favorite along with sophomore comedy, Whitney will not be premiering this Friday, October 19th, as originally scheduled, and no new premiere date has been announced.  Instead, reruns of Grimm will be airing in the 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. timeslot for the foreseeable future.

So, there you go, Community fanboys, you got your wish and Community will not be on Friday nights, after all.

But before everyone has a heart attack, this is really a strategic move more than anything else.  NBC’s enjoying their best start in over a decade and while at the same time they don’t want to rock the boat with their new series, they want to hedge their bets in case the wheels fall off of any of their new shows (Guys with Kids and Animal Practice, we’re looking at you) so they’ve got these two shows on the back burner just in case.  It’s really a no-brainer when you think about it.  Community is in burn-off mode with its final 13 episodes, anyway, and Whitney was just filler because NBC didn’t know how good their fall 2012 was going to be and renewed it despite only average ratings.

From a statement issued by NBC:

“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.  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.”

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