"Community" was going to be back November 9 … in Canada. According to CityTV's website, new episodes were to kick off on Friday, November 9.
THIRD UPDATE: "Community" will return to NBC on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET.
SECOND UPDATE: CityTV has posted the following message: "NO DATE HAS YET BEEN SET FOR THE RETURN OF COMMUNITY."
UPDATE: CityTV has changed their programming information for "Community." Season 4 is now set to debut Friday, January 11, 2013.
NBC decided to hold the premieres of "Community" and "Whitney" to give more of a promotional push, but many speculated it was to save the comedies to plug potential holes as NBC started swinging the cancellation axe.
“Given the success we’ve had for the past four weeks -- including winning the first week of the season in A18-49 -- we’ve decided to continue to concentrate our promotional strength on our new NBC shows that are scheduled Monday through Wednesday and have therefore decided to hold 'Community' and 'Whitney' from their previously announced premieres of October 19th," the network said in a statement. "Without having to launch these comedies on Friday at this time, we can keep our promotion focused on earlier in the week -- plus we will have both comedies in our back pocket if we need to make any schedule changes on those nights. When we have a better idea of viewing patterns in the next few weeks, we will announce new season premieres of 'Whitney' and 'Community.'"
"Whitney" was lucky enough to already get a spot on the schedule -- the sophomore sitcom will sub in for the canceled "Animal Practice" on Wednesdays starting November 14 at 8 p.m. ET.
After "Community's" planned premiere date came and went, the show's stars released a special message to dedicated fans. "Community" will return to NBC on Thursday, February 7 at 8 p.m. ET.