TV: NBC finally decided just when Oct. 19 will be … and some other midseason scheduling

By Nicolien Buholzer | nb360409@ohiou.edu | @nicobuholzer
Community will return to NBC Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

Human beings, rejoice!

After weeks of tweaking the calendar, NBC has finally decided to stop toying with our emotions and decide just when Oct. 19 will be.

The fourth season of Community will premiere Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. — moving the show back to its Thursday time slot. The cult favorite will replace 30 Rock, which will have ended its final, 13-episode season (and again, I say, thank you, 30 Rock, for bowing out gracefully before our relationship turned bitter and resentful, as with The Office).

After nearly a year of uncertainty about whether there would be a fourth season, how long of a season it would be, when it would air, what was happening with Dan Harmon, what the show will be like without Dan Harmon, what happened to Oct. 19, whether the show would be on Fridays (effectively hammering the nail in the coffin) — wow, have we really been put through this much torture? — human beings can finally relax.

As long as NBC doesn’t decide to play more dirty tricks on us.

And while fans can look forward to some rather timely holiday episodes — if they air — they can also  settle down knowing NBC finally set its midseason schedule.

Midseason schedule:

SERIES PREMIERES:

— Deception, Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m.

— 1600 Penn, Thursday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 p.m.

— Ready for Love Sunday, March 31 from 8-10 p.m.

RETURNING SERIES:

— The Biggest Loser, Sunday-Monday, Jan. 6-7. The series will air Mondays from 8-10 p.m. until the return of The Voice.

— Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Jan. 8 with back-to-back episodes at 8 and 8:30 p.m., and continue to air in that hour each week.

— Parks and Recreation will move back an hour to 8:30 p.m. starting Jan. 17.

— Smash, Tuesday, Feb. 5 9-11 p.m., returning Feb. 12 to its regular day and time at 10 p.m.

— Community, Thursday, Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

— The Celebrity Apprentice, Sunday, March 3 from 9-11 p.m. for four weeks before shifting to one-hour episodes starting March 31 at 10 p.m.

— The Voice, Tuesday-Wednesday, March 25-26

— Revolution will go on hiatus starting in November, only to return Monday, March 25 at 10 p.m.

 

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