Deep breaths, “Community” fans.
Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, told journalists gathered at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Friday that the surreal sitcom most definitely is not canceled. “I wanted to dispel any notion that it’s quietly disappearing from the schedule,” Greenblatt said.
The comedy will return to the lineup this spring, he added, though its timeslot is dependent on “what happens with the six comedies we’ve got to figure out where ‘Community’ makes the most sense.” Those series include returning shows “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Up All Night” and “Whitney,” and new midseason entry “Are You There, Chelsea?”
“‘Community’ was moved to 8 p.m. a couple years ago and that’s an incredibly competitive timeslot now on Thursday,” Greenblatt said. “I’m really curious to see what something else will do there.”
As for renewing “Community” for a fourth season, Greeblatt wouldn’t give critics a direct answer. “I don’t know,” he said. “Those are hard questions to answer at this point. … We’ll make that decision closer to the upfront [in May].”