Community fans will have a wait a little longer (though who knows how much longer) before we know what the show looks like without Dan Harmon as showrunner, because NBC has delayed the US start date.(opens in new tab)
Originally the show was due to premiere on 19 October, but NBC has decided that both Community and another comedy, Whitney, will be held back for the moment, and haven’t committed to new start dates.
The NBC press release reads: “Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks – including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 – we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold Community and Whitney from their previously announced premieres of 19 October. Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week – plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of W hitney and Community .”
This may not be a bad thing. The show could end up in a better time slot than the Friday night death slot.