October 9th, 2012
09:33 AM ET
Twitter had a collective gnashing of teeth on Monday night as news spread that NBC's going to delay the planned October 19 premieres of "Community" and "Whitney."
More specifically - with all due respect to "Whitney," which surprised many observers when it was renewed last May - the devoted fanbase for "Community" went into an immediate uproar.
"What? I wake up to hear that Community isn't going to be back this month," tweeted Sarah Griffiths. "One thing I've looked forward to this month [is] gone." Eoin Lynch tweeted that "NBC 'Britta'd' the schedule," echoing a line from the show that was oft-repeated during its previous hiatus last year.
NBC has been promoting the October 19 premiere date both on air and on social media, but it sounds like the network wants to focus on its new comedies, such as "Go On" and "The New Normal." In a statement, NBC said:
"Community" writer Megan Ganz tweeted, "We're in NBC's back pocket! Woooooo hoo!!" Meanwhile, show star Joel McHale responded to a fan's inquiry about what would become of the Halloween episode with, "Ever dress up for Valentine's Day?"
Indeed, it has been NBC's best season in years, though its Wednesday night comedies "Animal Practice" and "Guys with Kids" haven't been ratings powerhouses. One theory is that those shows won't be around much longer, or that the outgoing "30 Rock" could be replaced on Thursdays by "Community" in 2013.
So chin up, "Community" fans (and one assumes, "Whitney" fans, as well). This may not be the "darkest timeline." As writer Andy Bobrow tweeted, "Honestly NBC is doing some things very well this year and this could be good news for us."
Are you angry you have to wait longer to see these shows? Or happy that you won't have to watch or DVR them on Friday night? Share your thoughts below.
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