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'Community' gets return date

By James Hibberd, EW.com
updated 5:08 PM EST, Tue February 21, 2012
"Community" is returning to NBC's Thursday night lineup.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Community will return on Thursday, March 15
  • "30 Rock" shifts to 8:30 p.m., followed by "The Office" and "Up All Night"
  • There's three new comedies coming to NBC's midseason lineup too

(CNN) -- Great new for "Community" fans! The comedy is returning to NBC's Thursday night lineup.

The not-so-great news: It's going right back into 8 p.m. against CBS' "Big Bang Theory."

Community will return on Thursday, March 15. Then "30 Rock" shifts to 8:30 p.m., followed by "The Office" and "Up All Night." "Parks & Recreation" will come back on April 19 to finish its run after "Up All Night" concludes its 24 episodes.

NBC was toying with the idea of giving "Community" a different time slot than opening Thursdays against "Big Bang," where it's struggled in the past. But perhaps after seeing how, say, "30 Rock" has fared in the slot recently, they realized "Community" isn't the worst option here.

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But that's not all. There's new comedies coming to NBC's midseason lineup too. "Bent" (March 21 at 9 p.m.) and "Best Friends Forever" (April 4 at 8:30 p.m.) and the hidden-camera series "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" (April 4 at 8 p.m.) will debut on Wednesday nights.

"Best Friends" and "Betty White" will take the place of "Whitney" and "Are You There, Chelsea," both of which will have aired all of their episodes (22 and 12, respectively).

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"Bent" is about a "romantic comedy about a womanizing, surfer dude contractor (David Walton) and his beautiful, no-nonsense, type-A client (Amanda Peet), who work together to remodel each other's lives as they renovate her Venice, California, home."

"Best Friends Forever" is about a two longtime friends (Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham) who move into a Brooklyn apartment. "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" is a Punk'd-style show with a cast of "sassy septuagenarians."

See full article at EW.com.

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