First, his comedy was pulled off the network’s schedule. It finally returns tonight just in time to go against such tough viewing competition as the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, “American Idol” and the launch of the heavily promoted “Missing” on ABC.
Even McHale’s family probably will have a tough time deciding what to watch.
“Community” has been off the air but cast and crew never stopped filming episodes and wrapped up what would be the rest of this season about three weeks ago. McHale and co-star Gillian Jacobs see the fact that NBC didn’t reduce the number of episodes for the season as a sign they will be back for the 2012-2013 season.
“It showed that 8 o’clock Thursdays is a really difficult time slot with ‘Big Bang’ and ‘American Idol’ and now ‘March Madness.’ That shows it’s a network problem and not a show problem,” McHale says.
Community” returns tonight against heavy opposition in hopes of getting enough ratings and even more support so that a fourth year of community college will happen. The last episodes of this season are critical to that decision.
“I assume we have perform decently. If the bottom drops out, my guess is it is going to be tough for them to bring us back,” McHale says. “But network television is so unpredictable. The jury’s always out.”