NBC executives may have fired Community creator Dan Harmon, but the show is definitely coming back — this time under the leadership of Just Shoot Me!, Aliens in America, and Happy Endings producers Moses Port and David Guarascio. The exact date of the new, Harmon-free season premiere has been elusive for months — but now we know.
NBC has slotted Community for a “mid-season” premiere in February. There are two really good bits of news for Community fans here. The first is that the mid-season premiere puts the niche-audience, cult-hit show running through summer, when it will have little direct competition.
The second: The show will premiere on a Thursday night, at 8 PM Eastern. The internet was abuzz with rumors that Community‘s return would place it in a Friday night time slot — that’s sometimes called the “death slot” by insiders because Friday night is a low viewership time, especially for the young crowd that Community appeals to.
That said, Community is an internet and social media darling, and if there’s any show that could survive on its internet viewership through shared clips from NBC.com and full episodes on Hulu, it’s this one. You can absolutely count on the fact that you’ll be able to watch new episodes for free (with ads) at both of those sites, as well as pay for downloadable versions through iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.
Community‘s time slot next year will be inherited from Tina Fey’s 30 Rock, which is ending its long and unlikely run. If you want to see what to expect from the new season of Community, we can’t help you too much, as there hasn’t been much released except a short video clip of one of the new episodes.
Source: The New York Times