November 15th, 2011
05:46 PM ET
That sound you heard yesterday afternoon was countless "Community" fans furiously tweeting their outrage after NBC released its 2012 midseason schedule with the critically acclaimed comedy conspicuously absent. In its place, "30 Rock" will return on January 12.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, sources with the network said it "will return at a later date," along with new series "Prime Suspect," which is being shelved in favor of "The Firm," starting on January 12.
Some fans on Twitter immediately assumed the worst, fearing the show was canceled or at least on the verge of cancellation. Hashtags referencing lines from the show, like "#sixseasonsandamovie", "#savegreendale" and "#savecommunity" were also popular.
TV Guide writer Damian Holbrook tweeted to NBC, "you meant to shelve Whitney, not #Community, right?" ("Whitney" is switching timeslots with "Up All Night" in 2012.)
Much of the cast and crew, being active on social media, posted their response to the news as well, mostly referencing lines from the show.
Donald Glover, apparently referencing NBC, wrote, "Britta'd it!" while Alison Brie tweeted, "Troy & Abed in the...Summer?" Creator Dan Harmon posted "Streets ahold," a reference to Pierce's failed catchphrase "Streets ahead."
Writers for the show chimed in as well, with Tim Saccardo tweeting in hopes that the network would "Chang" their mind (with the "#occupynbc" hashtag), while Megan Ganz said, "This... is by far the darkest timeline."
On a more serious note, creator Dan Harmon tweeted that the Christmas episode would be the last one with a definite airdate, while New York Magazine's Vulture reported that the show will continue shooting episodes as planned. In the meantime, "Community" fans on social media and elsewhere will have to hope for the best.
In other news from the NBC schedule, the newly retitled "Are You There, Chelsea?" - created by Chelsea Handler - will follow "Whitney" on Wednesday nights at 8:30 ET/PT, starting January 11.
Also, "Chuck's" final episode will air on January 27, "Celebrity Apprentice" will return on February 12, and a new reality series, "Fashion Star," hosted by Elle McPherson, will premiere on March 13. (As previously announced, "The Voice" will return on Super Bowl Sunday, and settle into the Monday slot on February 6, followed by the premiere of "Smash.")
What do you think of all these changes? Are you already missing "Community?" Post your iReport or comment below.
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