The much-loved Community is blatantly absent from NBC's midseason schedule. The new Christina Applegate / Will Arnett comedy Up All Night will be moved to Thursday nights, leaving the classic Must See TV line-up to include 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, and The Office.
At the beginning of the month, Pajiba assured readers that Community would not be cancelled, pointing out that its Halloween-themed episode pulled in 5.6 million viewers and ordered a full season of the show. "That’s the power of Pajiba, people," they boasted. "We save quality shows from cancellation, except for all those other quality shows that were cancelled. And now, you can all pat yourselves on the back because Community will not be cancelled this season." (Whoops! That's a post from last November. They were so busy saving TV shows that they forgot to put a date on the post!)
So then what gives? Why would a show currently in its third season and having already received a full-season order from the network get the boot? The sad fact: Community's low ratings are worrisome, and TV by the Numbers has been expecting its cancellation.
Prime Suspect is also missing from the schedule, and there are no details yet if the cop drama and Community have been cancelled for good. (Word at the New York Times says that the show will be off the air "for only a brief time.") The schedule has open space be new shows like the Broadway-centered Smash, the John Grisham thriller The Firm, and Chelsea Handler's Are You There, Chelsea? For those few of you who are worried about Whitney, don't worry: it's moving to Wednesday nights