NBC has finally announced February 7, 2013 as the premiere date for the fourth season of Community. The college set comedy - a hit with viewers and critics alike - will air on its traditional home of Thursdays, in a slot currently occupied by the departing 30 Rock, reports Entertainment Weekly.
It marks a topsy-turvy history for the show's fourth season, which was due to premiere on October 19 though was postponed. NBC said it had decided to focus on promoting other nights of its schedule, with Whitney also getting the temporary axe (incidentally, that will now debut on November 14, 2012 in place of the now-cancelled Animal Practice). The announcement was part of NBC's new scheduling details, which includes return dates for Smash (February 5), and Revolution (March 25) as well as premiere dates for the Eva Longoria-produced reality series Ready for Love (March 31). It looks set to be another big year for reality shows, with The Voice's new season set to hit on March 25, The Biggest Loser being readied for January 6 and The Celebrity Apprentice to premiere on March 3. Betty White's Off Their Rockers will debut January 8.
Notably changes to timeslots include Parks and Recreation now airing at 8.30pm from 7.30pm, starting January 17, 2013.