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NBC sought to downplay fan fears of Community being canceled by promising the show will be back on the schedule this season.

“I wanted to dispel any notion that it’s quietly disappearing from the schedule,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told TV critics at the network’s semi-annual press tour event in Pasadena.

The modestly rated comedy might, however, change time slots — getting out of its 8 p.m. Thursday time period, where it airs against CBS’ heavy hitting Big Bang Theory.

Community was moved to 8 p.m a couple years ago and that’s an incredibly competitive time slot now on Thursday and I’m really curious to see what something else would do there,” Greenblatt said. “I don’t know if it makes sense to ask it to start off the night again. We’ve tried to migrate some comedies to Wednesday this year. It’s a matter of looking at what happens with the six comedies we’ve got, to figure out where Community makes the most sense.”

And what about a fourth season?

“I don’t know. Those are hard questions to answer at this point … we’ll make that decision closer to the upfront.”

Also: If you’re a 30 Rock, there was some news on that front too.

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