Fans of NBC's "Community" have a new date to circle on their calendars: Feb 7.
Might want to do that in pencil, since the cult fave (translation: watched by a passionate few) was earlier scheduled to return this month, albeit without creator Dan Harmon, who oversaw the show for its first three seasons.
The good news? Feb. 7 is a Thursday, not a Friday, the night the show had earlier been relegated to. The bad? It's going to be on at 8 p.m., which puts it up against CBS' "The Big Bang Theory." Among other things. On Jan. 17, "Parks and Recreation" will move to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Also returning in February, according to an NBC announcement Tuesday: "Smash," its making-of-a-Broadway-musical drama. That's back with a two-hour episode featuring Jennifer Hudson on Feb. 5, after which it will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays. Still plenty of time to kill off (or more gently lose) some of the show's more annoying characters.
Naturally, since we're talking about midseason, NBC also has some new shows (though no premiere date yet for "Do No Harm," the Jekyll-and-Hyde medical drama currently filming in Philadelphia). They are:
-- "Deception," a drama formerly called "Infamous" that stars Meagan Good, Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and Katherine LaNasa and turns on a soapy murder mystery. That premieres Jan. 7, moving into the time slot now occupied by "Revolution" (which will end its current run in November, returning to the schedule March 25).
-- "1600 Penn," a First Family sitcom starring Bill Pullman, Jenna Elfman and Josh Gad that premieres Jan. 10, when it will take the "Parks and Rec" slot.
-- "Ready for Love," Yet Another Matchmaking Show, but this one produced by Eva Longoria, that premieres March 31.
As for "Do No Harm," NBC said "further scheduling announcements will be forthcoming."