NBC announced that its cult-favorite sitcom "Community" will be returning from hiatus, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Community" was benched by NBC in November after pulling in low ratings in it's 8 p.m. (eastern) Thursday timeslot. It was replaced at midseason by the delayed premiere of "30 Rock", but the critically acclaimed flagship failed to do any better. Community continued production on its third season, despite having no set return date.
The Huffington Post reports that the show's March 15 return date will see a rearrangement in NBC's Thursday night line-up. The show will reclaim its old timeslot, moving 30 Rock down to 8:30. "Parks and Recreation" will go on a five-week break before claiming "Up All Night"'s plum post-"Office" timeslot when the Will Arnett/Christina Applegate sitcom wraps up its first season.
Although NBC's revival of "Community" was motivated mostly by a lack of options, fans are claiming the announcement as a victory. When the show was benched fans staged a number of events and "Save Community" online petitions to attempt to bring back the Dan Harmon-helmed sitcom.
In his weekly television blog for the Minnesota Daily Tony Wagner called the announcement "great news."