NBC continues to show its love and respect for Community. A little over a week before its Season 4 premiere was set to air on October 19, the network has decided to delay the show’s return until…who knows when? (They’re also delaying Whitney.) Their excuse: they want to promote their new fall shows better, blah, blah, blah.
Here’s NBC’s unconvincing statement:
“Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in [the] A18-49 [demographic] – 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.”
Maybe a show like Animal Practice or Guys With Kids, which are both doing poorly, will be cancelled. Maybe then Community will be moved to one of their slots on Wednesday night and out of the Friday doldrums. But are we really supposed to trust NBC to do right by the show?
What do you think of the delay?