NBC today made two big decisions concerning its comedy programming. First, they canceled freshman series Welcome to the Family, which starred Mike O’Malley and Mary McCormack. And second, they finally chose a date to premiere the fifth season of Community. That date is Jan. 2. As you surely know, the upcoming season of the cult favorite finds show creator and original executive producer Dan Harmon back in the fold after a season-long absence. It also finds Donald Glover, who plays Troy, in only a handful of episodes. Community will return with back to back episodes on Jan. 2 and will air every Thursday (starting Jan. 9) at 8 pm ET. Parks and Recreation will move to 8:30 pm ET.
In other comedy programming news, there will be a Saturday Night Live Halloween special on Thursday, Oct. 31. And on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21 there will be back-to-back new episodes of Parks and Recreation, starting at 8:30 pm ET. On Jan. 9, the 100th episode of Parks and Recreation — co-written by Amy Poehler and Mike Schur — will air.