NBC, the network responsible for most of today’s watch-worthy comedies, just announced that it would be shuffling some of its sitcoms around. And at first glance, the changes make sense.
Let’s get the most important facts out of the way. Despite what you may have heard on Twitter, NBC is not cancelling Community and we have no reason to believe we won’t see the 22 episodes NBC promised viewers for its current season. The show will simply go on hiatus, much like 30 Rock has, in order to schedule around the birth of Tina Fey’s second daughter.
So then, when exactly is 30 Rock returning? The answer: 8 pm ET on Thursday, Jan. 12, bumping out Jeff, Britta, Annie, Annies Boobs and the other peeps at Greendale. Parks and Recreation and The Office will remain in their current spots that night— 8:30 pm ET and 9 pm ET, respectively. However, Up All Night – which stars Christina Applegate, Will Arnett (Parks and Rec‘s Amy Poehler’s husband) and Maya Rudolph – will air at 9:30 pm ET, which is where Whitney is currently placed. Whitney — which stars comedians Whitney Cummings (the creator of the show) and Chris D’Elia — will then take Up All Night’s current slot on Wednesdays at 8 pm ET.
I think this makes a lot more sense. Whitney, a traditional, multi-camera affair shot in front of a studio audience seemed slightly out of place following a trio of established single-camera productions. Are You There, Chelsea? (a semi-autobiographical sitcom produced by Chelsea Handler and starring Laura Prepon as a young Handler) will premiere Jan. 11 right after Whitney and will stay in the spot until further re-shuffling. It keeps the Handler brand tight, as Cummings soared to stardom, in part, by writing on and appearing on Chelsea Lately as well as other Handler projects.
So, what do you think of NBC’s new lineup? Sound off in the comments section.