Tuesday, October 9, 2012

NEWS: NBC Pulls Community Season 4

NBC has announced a delay to the airing of Community's fourth season.

According to Bleeding Cool, NBC has put the show - which was originally scheduled to return to the dead-time Friday night slot on October 19th - on an indefinite hold while the network concentrates on its early-week comedy segments.

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…

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.

Community has always been something of a redheaded stepchild for NBC. Originally pulled from its post-Office Thursday night slot (where it managed to do a great job of retaining the audience from the network's most popular comedy) it was moved to - and subsequently tanked in - the 8PM opening slot. As ratings - understandably - dropped-off, the show was then put on an indefinite hiatus during Season 3 before creator and showrunner Dan Harmon was fired. Now it seems the fourth, Harmon-free season is to suffer a similar level of treatment from Jack Donaghy and co, no doubt as part of their efforts to shake-up Kabletown.

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