O wherefore art thou “Community” ?

(image via fanpop.com)

 

So it appears we have a little longer till the all-new Dan Harmon-less Community graces our screens again.

While the sitcom was slated to return October 19, just a scant 7 days from now, NBC has now decided to push it, and fellow comedy buddy, Whitney to … lord knows?

Here’s what NBC had to say …

“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.”

 

Great promo poster for season 4 … shame about the strategy behind it which is best described as fluid (image via my.spill.com)

 

It is almost a repeat of what happened with season 3 which languished for quite some time in the vaults before NBC brought it in from the cold.

The thinking, according to sites like hitflix.com, is that NBC itself isn’t entirely sure what to do with the shows. Commented Alan Sepinwall on hitflix:

“NBC has had successes with its Monday and Tuesday lineups, thanks to “The Voice” and the shows that immediately follow it, but the Wednesday and Thursday lineups have been a mess. “Community” or “Whitney” could be sent there, or NBC may just not have the resources to launch a fourth sitcom bloc right now, and the two will be paired together later in the season.”

So despite everyone being eager to see what new showrunners will do with the show – in this interview on hitflix they seem like real fans of the show and eager to preserve its idiosyncratic identity – we are left waiting and wondering …

As Alan Sepinwall so ably put it:

“Sing it with me: Troy and Abed on hiaaaaaaatus!”

While we wait for NBC to work out what it wants to do with one of the funniest and most creatively daring sitcoms on television ever, here are some fun season 4 promo photos to amuse you …

 

Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) getting far closer than I expected them to … and doesn’t the Dean, who an Everest-sized crush on Jeff seem totally delighted? (image via fanpop.com)

 

Chang (Ken Jeong) and Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole-Brown) doing some very interesting things with yan in the study room (and please god don’t let that be a visual euphemism of some kind) (image via fanpop.com)

 

No … no it doesn’t … Clockwise from top left: Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and Annie Edison (Alison Brie), Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) (imaeg via withanaccent.com)

 

The Dean in yet another of his outfits – always hilarious but of dubious fashion value (image via fanpop.com)

 

Annie (Alison Brie) and the monkey that has starred in a few memorable episodes high five (image via fanpop.com)

 

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