Tina Fey’s pregnancy worked out for NBC’s comedy schedule, that is until it was time for “30 Rock” to return. “Community,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office” and “Whitney” dominated Thursdays nights. However, just weeks ago NBC announced “Up All Night” is moving to Thursdays, while “30 Rock” is booting “Community” from it’s 8p.m. time slot. Unlike “Whitney,” which is moving to the appropriate Wednesday night comedy block with “Are You There, Chelsea?,” the show is no where to be found on NBC’s line up.
Fans went to Twitter, appalled that NBC would pull the edgy comedy from the line up. NBC assures that the show isn’t canceled, but is not coming back any time soon. The head of scheduling at NBC, Lisa Vebber, told TV Guide “This is by no means the end of Community.” The same thing happened with ABC’s “Cougar Town.” The show randomly disappeared from Wednesday nights on ABC, replaced by “Happy Endings.” ABC also says the show is not canceled, and will return in mid-winter season.
Producers of “Cougar Town” are concerned about the buzz for the show, so they are taking it on the road for viewing parties. No word if “Community” writers and producers plan to do the same, but with the loyal fan base it’s likely there would be a good turn out.
Overall it’s not surprising that “Community” may be slowly phased out of NBC’s line up. The show follows no traditional comedy genre. Each week many jokes leave viewers confused or speechless, and episodes need to be watched multiple times to catch every joke that’s presented. The show would fare better on a cable channel such as FX, designed for outrageous humor.
Another possibility is that “Community” and “Cougar Town” are scheduled later in the season to draw viewers in during summer months. Though this is a time of the year when ratings are low, it’s mostly because people don’t want to watch random new game and reality shows or reruns. If popular shows air, maybe people will tune in when winding down from a day at the beach.