NBC's 2012-2013 Schedule Teams 'Community' with…'Whitney'?

“Community” fans, it’s time to start rooting for Whitney Cummings.

I know, my emotions are confused, too. But NBC has released its fall schedule (which we’ll discuss more later) for the 2012-2013 season, and “Community” has been moved from Thursday nights to Fridays at 8:30 p.m., where it will follow “Whitney.” As much as it pains me to say this: I don’t think it’s a bad idea, either. Now “Community” is away from “The Big Bang Theory” and the rest of the big boys on Thursday, and with its low budget, it could conceivably air quietly on Fridays for seasons to come. Plus, although “Whitney” didn’t get great ratings, it did OK. Maybe some Cummings fans (*shudder*) will stick around for “Community,” which will already likely get the same number of viewers it did on Thursdays — we’re quite loyal — if not higher because “Grimm,” one of the network’s few bright spots, follows at 9 p.m. Maybe, hopefully, possibly, etc.

So, yeah, I’m reaching for positives, but even I can’t find anything good in this:

NBC chief Bob Greenblatt has just confirmed what’s been an open secret in Hollywood: While “Community” has been renewed, lead producer Sony Pictures Television has not yet signed creator Dan Harmon to a new deal to exec produce the new batch of episodes. Harmon only signed a one-year deal when the show was renewed last spring, and insiders tell Vulture there haven’t been any intense talks just yet…So what happens if there is no deal? “Shows lose showrunners all the time and do well,” Greenblatt said. “We have to figure out at makes sense. I don’t have a specific answer for that yet.” (Via)

Dan Harmon’s a dick, but he’s OUR dick. “Community” wouldn’t be the same without him.

The rest of NBC’s fall schedule is after the jump. New shows are in italics.


8 p.m. — “The Voice”

10 p.m. — “Revolution”


8 p.m. — “The Voice”

9 p.m. — “Go On”

9:30 p.m. — “The New Normal”

10 p.m. — “Parenthood”


8 p.m. — “Animal Practice”

8:30 p.m.— “Guys With Kids”

9 p.m. — “Law & Order: SVU”

10 p.m. — “Chicago Fire”


8 p.m. — “30 Rock”

8:30 p.m. — “Up All Night”

9 p.m. — “The Office”

9:30 p.m. — “Parks and Recreation”

10 p.m. — “Rock Center with Brian Williams”


8 p.m. — “Whitney”

8:30 p.m. — “Community”

9 p.m. — “Grimm”

10 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”


— Reruns


7 p.m. — “Football Night in America”

8:15 p.m. — “NBC Sunday Night Football”

SUNDAY (after football season)

8 p.m. — “Dateline NBC”

8:30 p.m. — “Fashion Star”

9 p.m. — “Celebrity Apprentice”

10 p.m. — “Do No Harm”