NBC Bringing Back ‘Community,’ Picks Up Three Other Shows

Joel McHale and Alison Brie of NBC's "Community" (Photo: NBC)

A passionate fan base and rising ratings was apparently enough for NBC to bring back comedy “Community” for a 5th season.

The series, which stars Joel McHale, has its on-air life extended a day after the Thursday comedy wrapped its fourth season and ahead of the show’s syndicated debut on Comedy Central this fall. The news also comes after a rough day for the network’s slate of comedies, with series such as “The New Normal,” “Go On,” “Whitney,” “1600 Penn,” “Up All Night” and “Guys with Kids” all getting dropped by the network.

Meanwhile, NBC has picked up three new series: “Blacklist,” “Night Shift,” and “Welcome to the Family,” according to The Wrap.

“The Blacklist” stars James Spader and follows the world’s most wanted criminal who turns himself in and agrees to give up his accomplices while working with a new FBI.

“Night Shift” features Freddy Rodriguez, Eoin Macken, Jeananne Goossen and Brendan Fehr and takes place during a San Antonio hospital’ night shift.

“Welcome to the Family” follows a white and Latino family who are joined when their children have an unplanned pregnancy. Mike O’Malley, Mary McCormack and Richardo Chavira star.

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