NBC abandons plans to move it to Friday
"Community" will return Thursday, Feb. 7 to its previous timeslot after a long absence from NBC's lineup.
NBC confirmed the show's return date soon after star Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the ensemble comedy, announced the news on Twitter.
"Guys, #Community officially has an airdate: Thursday, February 7th at 8pm!," tweeted the actress (pictured).
NBC also announced several other return and premiere dates Tuesday.
The move means the network has abandoned its plans to move the show to Friday nights. "Community" will take the place of "30 Rock," which will have completed its 13-episode final season by February.
"Community" was scheduled to move to Fridays beginning on Oct. 19. But NBC opted to delay the Friday debut of "Community" and "Whitney" so it could devote itself to promoting its new fall comedies.
When one of them, "Animal Practice," was cancelled, its timeslot went to "Whitney," and the fate of "Community" was left up in the air.
Despite the long delay — "Community" hasn't aired since the spring — the Thursday timeslot is good news for the show since Fridays usually draw much lower ratings.
NBC fired "Community" creator and showrunner Dan Harmon at the end of last season. Though it is critically acclaimed and has many diehard fans online, that hasn't translated into many viewers.
NBC's entertainment chairman has said that the network wants to focus more this season on broad comedies than on its quick-witted but odd Thursday shows, which tend to struggle for ratings.