HitFix.com, NBC pulled Community - along with Whitney - from their premiere dates in order concentrate on the shows currently airing.
It looks like the delay could be happening so that either Community or Whitney can replace shows that may be cancelled soon (looking at you Animal Practice). One of these shows could also be used to plug the 30 Rock slot when the show ends its final season.
A statement from NBC was posted, saying:
“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. “
This is a total bummer for fans who have been looking forward to the premiere in a couple of weeks. It also comes as no surprise either. Community fans have been used to following the show to all of the different time slots NBC has put it in. It's just a shame to see it happen right before the final season premiere.
We'll let you know once Community has a new premiere date set. In the meantime, place your bets as to what shows NBC will be axing soon.
What say you?