Fans have eagerly awaited the return of "Community."

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"Community" will premiere Feb. 7 at 8 p.m

NBC had postponed the show less than two weeks before its earlier planned debut

The news was part of NBC's midseason schedule announcement  — 

The timeline just brightened: NBC has finally announced the premiere date for the fourth season of “Community,” and it is… Feb. 7 at 8 p.m.

While it’s a bit of a wait, the good news for fans is that the community college-set comedy will be airing in its traditional home of Thursdays (in the slot occupied by the departing “30 Rock”) instead of Fridays, where it had been slotted for this season. Less than two weeks before season 4′s planned Oct. 19 debut, though, NBC announced that it was postponing “Community,” along with fellow Friday comedy “Whitney,” while it focused on promoting other nights of its schedule. (Season 2 of Whitney will now debut Wednesday, Nov. 14 in place of the now-cancelled Animal Practice.)

Today’s news was part of NBC’s midseason schedule announcement, which includes return dates for “Smash” (Feb. 5) and “Revolution” (Mar. 25), and series premiere dates for “Deception,” the mystery soap formerly titled “Infamous” (Jan. 7), White House-set comedy “1600 Penn” (Jan. 10), and the Eva Longoria-produced reality series “Ready for Love” (Mar. 31). “The Peacock” also revealed debut dates for new cycles of “The Voice” (March 25), “The Biggest Loser” (Jan. 6), “The Celebrity Apprentice” (Mar. 3), and Betty White’s “Off Their Rockers” (Jan. 8).

“Parks and Recreation” will move up an hour on Thursdays to 8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 17. Current 8:30 p.m. resident “Up All Night” will go on hiatus while the single-camera comedy transforms into a multi-camera comedy that’s shot in front of a live audience.

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