'Community' and 'Whitney' Friday Premieres Delayed; Will They Come Off the Bench for 'Animal Practice' and 'Guys with Kids'?

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October 8th, 2012

The Friday debuts of Community and Whitney are on hold indefinitely.  Both were originally scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 19. No decision yet on when they will air, or on what night but I wouldn't bet on having to wait too long after the ratings for this Wednesday's Animal Practice and Guys with Kids or Thursday's ratings for Up All Night and 30 Rock  come out to learn when Community and Whitney will air...

A statement from NBC makes it sound like the decision is about focusing their promotional efforts where it will make the most difference. It's hard for me to buy that's really the case. If a show like Animal Practice couldn't thrive after months of promotion including tons of promotion during the Olympics, I can't see how focusing more promotion on it makes sense. Here's the statement from NBC:

“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.”

  • Kavyn

    Whit/GWK and Community/AP need to be paired. I really hope that’s what they’re working on. I’d be fine with Community staying on Fridays if it means it wasn’t paired with Whitney (not that there’s anything wrong with the show, it’s just that the two shows share little in common in terms of fannbase).

  • johncarter

    when those are your backup shows….you’re in trouble….poor nbc

  • Oliver

    Note that Christina Applegate is presenting SNL next week, which might make NBC relunctant to move UAN.

  • Phill

    None of this matters. They have no good timeslots.
    And Christina hosting doesn’t matter. They could pull UAN the following week. There is no good reason to air the episodes.

  • DryedMangoez

    Yeah, I definitely think pairing Community/Animal Practice and Whitney/Guys with Kids wouldn’t hurt. With the multi-cams being the broader comedies, keep them on Wednesday with Community/AP on Fridays.

  • iggy

    …what makes you think they’ll move their new TGIF experiment?

    ‘cuz Neighbors.

    And maybe a half-hour DWTS leading into Tim Allen or Reba.

  • Oliver


    And Christina hosting doesn’t matter. They could pull UAN the following week. There is no good reason to air the episodes.

    It’s not unreasonable to expect that UAN would get a ratings bump from the SNL promotion. NBC are in the business of maximising their ratings.

  • Rebecca

    I like GWK and AP but I’d erase them both from my memory to get Community on, if that’s what it took.

  • Mary

    I’d put the multi-cams on Friday. Single-cams on Wednesday. But who knows.

  • Buddy

    I think Animal Practice and Up All Night are definitely getting bumped. I’m curious to see if NBC opts for a multi-cam hour with Whitney/Guys with Kids or goes for the male skewing Community/Guys mash up. My gut says Community gets put back Thursday after 30 Rock. Or possibly at 8:00, bumping 30 Rock to 8:30. NBC bragged about it being a lead-off show last season.

  • forg

    Whitney should go back to its old Wednesday slot, it did decent by NBC standards there and will mesh with GWK.

    Community – 30 Rock – The Office – Parks and Rec line up should go back.

    I dunno where they’ll place Up All Night though

  • Casey

    It sure does seem like a move is coming for one, if not both Whitney and Community.

    That explanation about maximizing promotional opportunities is bunk, it isn’t like NBC decided 10/19 was going to be premier night for both last week.

    I know it was a different network but the same thing happened last year with CBS and Rules of Engagement. They had a date set, then pushed it back. How to be a Gentleman’s first episode tanked and the Rules premier got delayed one more week (this was when it was gonna air on Saturday). Gentleman’s ratings got worse and Rules got put in that spot. Not premiering the comedies
    on Friday 10/19 gives them 2 more weeks at least to see what happens with Animal Practice/Guys with Kids.

    So yeah, I think some kind of move is coming but I’m not sure they’ll go the way a lot of people are suggesting and revamp shows on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Networks tend to want to make the fewest number of moves possible. Community after Go On? Wishful thinking at this point, I say.

  • TVDude

    I don’t see NBC doing Community a lot of favors, when have they ever? They tossed the show against TBBT in its second season.

    I do think Whitney and Guy’s With Kids should be teamed together on Wednesdays. Their ratings would be similar (assuming Whitney doesn’t drop from last season) and would be a good way to build up a multicam block on NBC. I also think it’s too soon to mess with Goon/TNN.

    At midseason, I would move TNN to Thursdays and push Goon back 30 minutes to launch a new comedy out of The Voice. While that might harm Goon’s ratings a little, it would allow another show to have a shot after The Voice and Go On would likely hold better than TNN.

  • senor chang

    Multicams on Wednesday sound much more lucrative than multicams on Friday: it’s good counterprogramming for the ABC block (instead of putting them opposite the mini-TGIF hour on Fridays@8). I also agree with @TvDude that Go On should be shifted back 30 minutes midseason to launch a new show (most likely 1600 Penn?)

    The New Normal can take either Thursdays 8/8:30 and whichever of Community/Animal Practice does better can fill the last slot on Thursday.

  • Nick

    Yay! An opportunity for a fantasy schedule!

    What NBC should do midseason (January):

    8: The Voice
    10: Revolution

    8: The Voice
    9: Go On
    9:30: TNN
    10: Parenthood (Jan-Mar)/Infamous (Apr-May)

    8: The Biggest Loser
    9: Next Caller
    9:30: Save Me
    10: SVU

    8: 1600 Penn
    8:30: Community
    9: The Office
    9:30: P&R
    10: Hannibal

    8: Whitney
    8:30: GWK
    9: Grimm
    10: Dateline (Jan-Mar)/Crossbones (Apr-May)

    8: Animal Practice burnoff/ SVU (repeat)
    9: Chicago Fire burnoff/ SVU (repeat)/ Dateline (Apr-May)
    10: Rock Center

    Sun- (previously announced)
    7: Dateline
    8: Fashion Star
    9: Celebrity Apprentice
    10: Do No Harm

  • Nick

    I forgot to add this to my sched: Community and Whitney come back in January in those slots (repeat-free, so they fit). Community also gets extra epsiodes to get it to 88.

    I like both, but don’t watch them regularly.

  • Jared

    I understand the theory of wanting to wait to premiere Community and Whitney based on the ratings of some of NBCs struggling comedies..but let’s be honest..Whitney and Community were never series that hade huge ratings to begin with.

  • Nick

    As for what NBC will do, I doubt Whitney and Community will be shipped to Wednesdays because NBC has 3 new midseason comedies to fill that spot. They’ll probably have comedies on Fridays. The question is, which ones?

  • craigcuk

    Whitney should be led in by the exciting new NBC show ‘Tank it’ and the lead in to ‘Tank it’ should be ‘Homonym’, that crazy new NBC quiz show.

    We all know it’s what it deserves.

  • Honey Badger

    @ Jared you are correct
    ” I understand the theory of wanting to wait to premiere Community and Whitney based on the ratings of some of NBCs struggling comedies..but let’s be honest..Whitney and Community were never series that hade huge ratings to begin with.”

    which means NBC is in big trouble so early in the season

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