NBC Shuffles Up It’s Comedy Lineup, “Community” Is Not Cancelled…Yet
About 5 hours ago, Twitter went ballistic with news that NBC cancelled one of it’s most critically praised sitcoms, Community and some other shuffles. Let’s satiate the nerves for those terrified at the thought of not visiting the Greendale crew anymore.
As with their usual dilemma with Thursday night sitcoms, they have too many half-hour shows to plug into the 2 hour lineup (remember they tried it for 3 hours last winter). So as with seasons past, one of the shows gets embargoed until midseason. Last year it was Parks & Recreation, which also aided an Amy Poehler pregnancy. This time around it was 30 Rock which also aided a Tina Fey pregnancy.
So what’s going where? Here’s what’s going on:
Community will go on hiatus in the new year (Jan 12th) and it will be replaced in the Thursday 8pm slot by 30 Rock. The network committed to a 22 episode season of Community so it’s likely the show will return to finish the run as it hasn’t been officially cancelled. However, it’s been constantly on the bubble for cancellation because of low ratings for a while now. There’s no guarantee of a next season and others have even speculated that if it were on another network, it would’ve long been gone by now. One way to solve this? Find many friends and make them watch the exploits of Troy and Abed for the next few weeks.
Parks & Recreation and The Office will remain where they are at 8:30pm and 9:00pm on Thursday nights.
Whitney will change nights and timeslots. The show never really made sense in the Thursday timeslot, as we pointed out in our Fall TV Comedy Preview, the show is a multi-camera show taped in front of a studio audience, about a couple while the rest of the night is shot single camera documentary style with ensemble casts. Whitney’s old timeslot will be filled by the Will Arnett/Christina Applegate show Up All Night which is a couple show but shares a similar single camera pedigree as the rest of the night’s sitcoms so it could be a better fit from a viewer POV.
Whitney will swap timeslots with Up All Night and move to Wednesdays at 8pm. But it will not be alone, as the 8:30pm follow-up is the midseason placement of Chelsea Handler’s new sitcom based on her life and best selling book, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea with Laura Prepon in the lead as a young Handler. Both shows have strong female comedic leads and are shot multi-camera which makes them more complimentary. This also makes a lot of sense to generate a Cummings/Handler block of comedy as the duo have worked together in the past. Handler has helped develop Cummings’ career as she’s both written and appeared on Handler’s late night E! talk show. Them airing together could be the kick NBC needs to develop more comedies on nights that aren’t Thursday.
So what’cha think? Is this a smart move by NBC? Sound off.