Don't be scared; "Community" returns to NBC and Thursdays… (NBC )
"Community" fans don't have to wait too much longer for the NBC comedy to return. According to a tweet from creator Dan Harmon, "Community" will be back at 7 p.m. March 15, in its usual Thursday spot.
NBC confirmed the news in a press release, and included the new Thursday lineup. "30 Rock" will shift to 7:30 p.m. followed by "The Office" at 8 p.m. and "Up All Night" at 8:30 p.m. "Parks and Recreation" will take a break until 8:30 p.m. April 19, taking the place of "Up All Night," which will have ended its season.
"We know that the loyal fans of 'Community' will be pleased with its return to its home on Thursdays at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT)," said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment.
The series has been absent from the lineup since December, but the cast and crew have been finishing up Season 3. It's such great news to hear that we'll be able to watch the episodes. This news in no way assures "Community" of a fourth season, so keep campaigning!
NBC also announced the premieres of the new comedies "Bent"(March 21) and "Best Friends Forever"(April 4), as well as the comedic hidden-camera series "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (April 4) to its spring lineup.
"We are happy to have an unprecedented amount of original content on NBC this spring," Greenblatt said. "'Bent,' 'Best Friends Forever' and 'Betty White's Off Their Rockers' are welcome additions to the Wednesday schedule."
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"Bent" will premiere on at 8 p.m. March 21 followed by a second episode at 8:30 p.m. The series will continue with original back-to-back one-hour blocks on March 28 and April 4. Following the season finales of "Whitney" and "Are You There, Chelsea," "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" premieres at 7 p.m. April 4 followed by "Best Friends Forever" which debuts at 7:30 p.m. April 4.
"Bent" is a romantic comedy about a womanizing, surfer dude contractor and his beautiful, no-nonsense, type-A client, who work together to remodel each other's lives as they renovate her Venice, California home. The recently divorced Alex (Amanda Peet, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is a high-strung lawyer who is raising her young daughter, Charlie (Joey King, "Ramona and Beezus") as a single mom. She downsizes into a smaller house and hires charismatic Pete (David Walton, "Perfect Couples"), a free-spirited ladies' man and recovering gambling addict who desperately needs this gig with Alex to jumpstart his life -- and prove that he is no longer a screw-up.
Also starring are Margo Harshman ("Sorority Row") and Jeffrey Tambor ("Arrested Development"). The single-camera comedy is from writer and executive producer Tad Quill ("Scrubs," "Spin City") and director Craig Zisk ("Nurse Jackie," "Weeds"). The series is produced by Universal Television and Rosalita Productions Inc.
"Best Friends Forever," from executive producer Scot Armstrong ("Old School," "Hangover 2"), is a new comedy about old friends, new beginnings and awkward situations. Jessica St. Clair ("Bridesmaids") and Lennon Parham ("Accidentally on Purpose") star as Jessica and Lennon, best friends who live on opposite sides of the country with the men in their lives. When Jessica is served divorce papers, Lennon convinces her to return home to Brooklyn and back into the apartment they used to share. Soon, the girls fall into old habits: movie marathons and late-night, girl-talk sessions -- none of which is good news for Lennon's live-in boyfriend, Joe (Luka Jones, Upright Citizens Brigade). Stephen Schneider ("Happy Endings") and Daija Owens also star.
"Best Friends Forever" is produced by Universal Television and American Work, Inc. Along with Armstrong, St. Clair, Parham, Alexa Junge ("Friends," "United States of Tara"), Fred Savage ("Party Down") and Ravi Nandan are executive producers. Donick Cary is consulting producer, while Keith Raskin serves as producer on the series.
After a strong sneak-peek debut in January, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" takes senior stereotypes and blows them out of the water with a cast of sassy septuagenarians who are hip, sexy and ready to party. America's favorite comedy sweetheart sends a fearless band of senior citizens to the streets to pull shockingly hilarious pranks on the younger generation in this outrageously funny "hidden camera" show. In the vein of "Punk'd," the show delivers cleverly crafted comedic stunts, candid moments and priceless reactions captured by hidden cameras. Sassy seniors are on a mission, targeting unsuspecting young "marks" with their irreverent behavior.