‘Community’ And ‘Whitney’ Premiers Indefinitely Delayed
Well, fans of Community and Whitney might not be happy to hear that their favorite shows, aren’t set to premiere just yet. In fact, the date on which they were set to premiere has been delayed indefinitely. When something like this is declared, it is usually assumed that the fate of such shows is sealed and they are possibly on the path to cancellation, but such is not the case with these two shows.
NBC has given clarification to this effect and justified its actions by 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.”
Basically, this means that the network did not want to relegate these shows to a Friday slot, as was the plan earlier. In other words, its good news for these two shows, as both would probably replace other shows in the beginning of the week. They would probably replace shows that are set to end or be cancelled. The Friday slot is anyway known as the ‘death slot’ as it apparently doesn’t receive very high ratings.
The network is also probably looking to plug a few gaps that would be created in the middle of the week by a few shows that are set to end, and therefore these two shows would prove to be an ideal replacement. For example, Up All Night has been struggling lately, so Community might sub in there if needed. Let’s hope this game of musical chairs that NBC is planning to play with these successful shows, doesn’t prove counterproductive.
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