Every fall, networks struggle to get viewers to tune into their new shows — and if they don’t draw enough eyes within a week or two, they swiftly get the axe.
But this fall, NBC is taking a different approach — they’re making way for the success of their new lineup by giving returning comedies Whitney and Community the boot! Or at least pushing them for an indeterminate amount of time. Did NBC just give these shows the kiss of death?
Originally, both comedies were set to return with new episodes on Friday, October 19. That was bad enough news already — a show’s young fan base is typically out partying, seeing a movie, or basically doing anything but sitting home watching TV on Friday nights. That's where networks send struggling shows to die.
Now it seems Whitney and Community may not even get this last chance to build an audience and extend their runs, since NBC has completely removed them from the schedule in order to focus on promoting fresher hits like The New Normal, Revolution and Go On, all of which were given full-season orders last week.
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Here’s what NBC had to say about the decision:
“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."
But is this just "TV Executive Speak" for “We just nonchalantly canceled two of your favorite shows?”
The offbeat Joel McHale-starring Community has already seen its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama approaching its fourth season, when NBC unceremoniously fired creator Dan Harmon, creating a big commotion amongst fans. Though ratings have been reasonably low by network standards, Community has a loyal and very vocal fan base that would be very sorry to see it go.
But if you’re one of those die hard Community fans (or one of Whitney’s slightly less die-hard fans), don’t give up hope yet. NBC has promised new season premiere dates for Whitney and Community, as the studio execs explain, "When we have a better idea of viewing patterns,” which means they could pop back up on Fridays or even be given better time slots — like in NBC’s famous Thursday night lineup, alongside 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation.
Maybe this is NBC's way of telling Community and Whitney that they're just not that into you. ..
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