NBC’s ‘Whitney’ goes way of ‘Community,’ gets new showrunner

Could "Whitney" improve?

“Whitney” and “Community” are going to be a part of the same Friday-night lineup on NBC, and they also now have one other thing in common — someone new will be steering the ship when they return.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Wil Calhoun (most recently of “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” and “Gary, Unmarried”) is stepping into the role vacated by Betsy Thomas, who has departed on her own (a far cry from what happened to “Community’s” Dan Harmon) to run the new comedy “Friends with Kids.”

Can Calhoun help this show out? While it’s easy to sit here and say that Whitney Cummings’ sitcom had a terrible first season (mostly because many critics have said it before us), the truth is that it actually went to a new level at the end of season 1 and became rather funny (and at times even better than Cummings’ other show in “2 Broke Girls”). Really, all it needs to do is bring back that snappy, smart look at unmarried life and abandon the sea of sitcom cliches that we saw during its first handful of episodes. If Calhoun can do that (and if viewers give Cummings and company a second chance), this could turn out all right.

Are you worried about a showrunner change here, or were you even watching “Whitney” to begin with?

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