The hiatus is no more. Dan Harmon tweeted that “Community” is set to return to its old time slot, Thursdays at 8:00, effective March 15 (that’s in 3 weeks).
Where will the rest of the schedule go? Who cares (well, actually, as long as “Parks and Recreation” doesn’t get the shaft). My guess is that they’ll play musical chairs with all five sitcoms on Thursday nights, at least until viewers get so exhausted with the musical chairs that they give up. Or they could try that crazy three-hour sitcom block they tried last year. Or maybe they’ll do us the kindness of axing “The Office” to make room.
I do feel bad for Harmon. After so much outpouring of affection for the show over the last several months, the poor guy will never be able to live up to expectations.
Update: So, it seems that “Parks and Recreation” will disappear briefly, and return on April 19th to finish out its season after “Up All Night” has completed its run (i.e., no reruns).
Better news, still, is that — as of April — “Whitney” and “Are You There, Chelsea” will be vacating the NBC schedule to make room for Betty White’s prank show, “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers.”