‘Community’ returning to NBC, still facing off against ‘Big Bang Theory’

March 15 is the date.

After spending the past two months pounding our heads against the wall over the lack of new “Community” on TV, we finally have some news that makes us want start shouting “pop, pop” in the streets — we’ll be going back to Greendale soon!

While we can’t complain about getting new episodes of TV’s most under-appreciated comedy, there is still some sad news here when it comes to the timeslot (and consequently a hope at the show getting a season 4) — in a move that NBC is trying to describe as a “homecoming,” the show will return on March 15, and will air yet again against “The Big Bang Theory” Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern — in addition to two other popular shows in “American Idol” and The CW’s top show in “The Vampire Diaries.” There was a part of us hoping that the show would end up replacing “Whitney” on Wednesdays, if for no other reasonthat it would give us a relief from this dreadful sitcom while also exposing the show to potential new fans who aren’t already watching what is becoming the #1 comedy on TV. (It should be noted that “Big Bang” will be pre-empted at times in March for college basketball.)

Away from the world of felt goatees and blanket forts, we also have some other scheduling news that was announced by NBC:

-“30 Rock” will jump back to 8:30 on the same day that “Community” premieres — which will cause “Parks and Recreation” to go off the air for a month.

-“Parks” will return to the network on Thursday, April 19 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time — replacing in the process “Up All Night,” which will have ended its first season the week before.

-New comedy “Bent” will premiere on Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, and will air back-to-back episodes for several weeks. This move will push “Rock Center with Brian Williams” back for an hour.

-Following the end of “Whitney” and “Are You There, Chelsea?” in late March, the Wednesday lineup will consist of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” and new show “Best Friends Forever” from 8-9 beginning on April 4.

What do you think about the “Community” return date?

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