Good news, everyone! “Community,” the smartest sitcom not on the air because NBC shelved it because NBC does everything wrong (also, because the show’s ratings are awful), is finally coming back! Specifically, it will be back on Thursday, March 15, at 8 p.m., and again that’s THURSDAY, MARCH 15, AT 8 P.M., so please tell all of your friends as many times as possible.
Of course, this is a good news/mildly irritating news thing. As we all know, the Peacock giveth and the Peacock taketh away. “Parks and Recreation” will take a five week hiatus to make room for “Community,” because having their two best shows on at the same time makes too much sense for the network behind “The Firm” and “The Playboy Club” and “Emeril” and “Joey” (yes, we’re still mad about “Joey”).
What’s going to happen is that on THURSDAY, MARCH 15, AT 8 P.M., “Community” will reclaim its old timeslot. “30 Rock” will be pushed back to 8:30 p.m. “The Office” will stay at 9 p.m., reminding all of us that we used to like it and wow it is not aging well, is it? “Parks and Rec” will leave the airwaves until April 19, at which point it will replace “Up All Night” at 9:30 p.m. to air the last four episodes of that show’s fourth season. (Neither show is losing any episodes — “Up All Night” will have finished its first season by that point, a month before the other shows, whereas “Parks and Rec” was initially going to finish its season a month early instead.)
Oh man, and there’s even some other good news tucked in the press release: “Whitney” and “Are You There, Chelsea?” will both leave the airwaves on March 28. Hopefully neither will ever return and we can never, ever speak of them again.
Anyway: “Community!” THURSDAY, MARCH 15, AT 8 P.M.! Six seasons and a movie, people. We’re getting there.