NBC announces the return of “Community” & premiere dates for sitcoms “Bent” and “Best Friends Forever”

Community fans rejoice! NBC promised that the gang from Greendale Community College would be back for the end of the season, and they kept their word.

Community will return to NBC on March 15th in its regular 8p.m. timeslot to finish out the rest of its third season, which will consist of 12 new episodes. To make room for the cult comedy, 30 Rock will move to the 830p.m. slot, bumping Parks and Recreation off the schedule until April 19th. Parks and Rec will move to 930p.m. for the rest of the season after Up All Night completes its freshman run.

In other scheduling news:

NBC has finally announced the premiere dates for its last 2 unaired scripted shows of the 2011/2012 season, comedies Bent and Best Friends Forever. Bent, starring Amanda Peet (NBC’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), and David Walton (Perfect Couples) will premiere Wednesday, March 21st at 9p.m., airing back-to-back episodes for three weeks (the show only has a 6 episode order).

Best Friends Forever, starring Jessica St. Clair (Bridesmaids) and Lennon Parham will premiere Wednesday, April 4th at 9p.m., after Bent completes its short run. Additionally, NBC’s new hidden camera prank show Betty White’s Off Their Rockers will premiere the same night at 8p.m., after the season finales of Whitney and Are You There, Chelsea?.

Bent is a romantic comedy centered around recently divorced Alex (Peet) who hires the charismatic ladies man Pete (Walton) to renovate her house after she and her daughter relocates, and also remodel each others’ lives. Alex was a high-strung, no-nonsense lawyer, and Pete is a recovering gambling addict who is trying to get his life back on track.

Best Friends Forever follows two friends who live on the opposite sides of the country with the men they love, until Jessica is served with divorce papers. Lennon convinces Jessica to move back to Brooklyn to live in the apartment they once shared years before.

Betty White’s Off Thier Rockers takes all of the senior stereotypes and turns them upside down in this Punk’d like hidden camera show.

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