March 9th, 2012, 03:58 PM
For almost 2 decades, Thursday has been THE must-see TV night on NBC. From Friends in the 90’s to The Office in the 2000’s, NBC has always plunked its prime comedy programming on Thursday nights, and a for a long time they dominated. But as the TV landscape has changed, with solid programming on cable and of course the advent of DVR (which makes it easy to transplant Thursday night to Saturday afternoon or any other time you’ve got free), they’ve struggled to find a combination that works. Throughout this season they’ve made changes seemingly monthly, making a DVR season pass pretty much a requirement if you don’t want to miss out on your favorite in its new timeslot, new night, or after its sudden return after months off.
After bumping Whitney to Wednesday nights and benching Community for half a season, NBC settled on 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, The Office and Up All Night. A night of solid comedy shows (even as The Office continues its downward spiral, it still has laughs), even without our precious Community. But next week Community is back to finish its season! But that means shows have to move time-slots and Parks and Recreation has to go away for over a month, completely killing the momentum of the big election storyline they are currently nearing the climax of. Then Parks and Recreation will return in April, with Up All Night dropping off the schedule. Though it seems the future of any of these shows is not certain, and when they actually air is even less certain, one thing is for sure: the schizophrenic Thursday schedule is not a good sign for a network that used to rule that day of the week and is already ranking last among the major networks. Seriously, those CBS sitcoms get better ratings than these shows? For shame…
But hey, lets not gloss over what’s really important here. Community returns next week! Watch the epic trailer for the return below.