Cancel your plans to cancel your plans for Friday, Oct. 19: NBC has decided to delay the season 4 premiere of Community. The season 2 debut of Whitney, which is also scheduled for that Friday night, will be postponed as well. The network has not indicated new return dates for the two comedies.
Network insiders say that the delay will allow it to put more marketing muscle behind the shows, as resources have been focused on promoting new series that air elsewhere in the week. And depending on the performance of its other comedies in coming weeks, NBC could very well decide to move Community and/or Whitney to a different (and more desirable) night.
Here is NBC’s statement: “Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks — including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 — 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 October 19th. 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.”