NBC Pushes Back Returns of ‘Community,’ ‘Whitney’

by | October 8, 2012 at 10:02 PM | Community, Fall TV Preview 2012, Whitney

"Community": Gillian Jacobs as Britta, Joel McHale as Jeff, Donald Glover as Troy -- (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

For fans of NBC series “Whitney” and “Community” who have been counting down the days until the two sitcoms return to the lineup, well, you’ll have to wait a little longer.

The network announced that it was holding off on its plans for the primetime Friday comedy block, according to Deadline.com, and would no longer be premiering the show on October 19. In the meantime, “Grimm” reruns would air in the Friday night 8 p.m. timeslot.

Here’s is what the network said about the change:

“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 October 19th. 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 WHITNEY and COMMUNITY.”