February 21, 2012

THE SKED: The Return of COMMUNITY! (And Other NBC Stuff)

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Written by: Mitch Salem
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If you hear bells pealing and catch sight of Human Beings dancing (well, not so much dancing as meta-dancing that references obscure pop culture artifacts from 20 years ago), it’s because NBC has finally freed COMMUNITY, its low-rated, selectively-beloved, utterly bizarre captive sitcom.  

As of March 15, Community will be back in its 8PM Thursday timeslot, with 30 ROCK moving to 8:30.  The bad news is that this will keep PARKS & RECREATION off the schedule until April 19, when that show will come back at 9:30PM (when UP ALL NIGHT will have finished its season order). 
The network also announced a set of changes to its disastrous Wednesday night schedule that are as twisty as a John LeCarre novel, so pay attention:
For the next 2 weeks (Feb 22 and 29), Wednesdays will continue to be:
10PM:  SVU
After that, the changes start.  March 7-14:
8PM:  Whitney
8:30PM:  Are You There, Chelsea?
9PM:  ???
10PM:  Rock Center
March 21-28:
8PM:  Whitney
8:30PM:  Are You There, Chelsea? (both their season–please God, series–finales air March 28)
9PM:  BENT (Amanda Peet sitcom being burned off with 3 consecutive weeks of back-to-back episodes)
10PM:  Rock Center
April 4:
8:30PM:  BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (semi-improv sitcom)
9PM:  Bent
10PM:  Rock Center
April 11-May 23:
8PM:  Betty White’s Off Their Rockers
8:30PM:  Best Friends Forever
9PM:  Rock Center
10PM:  SVU
Got that?  Planning to watch any of it?  Did I mention that Community is coming back?

About the Author

Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."