NBC Comedy Brand Is Changing, Says Jennifer Salke

NBC President Takes A Dig At NBC Cult Comedies
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FILE - In this undated publicity image released by NBC, the cast of the comedy series "Community" is shown. The series is about a community-college study group. "Community," which saw its return delayed this season, will air at 8 p.m. Thursday (all times EST) starting Feb. 7, 2013. The Joel McHale comedy will be followed by "Parks and Recreation," which moves to a new 8:30 p.m time slot starting Jan. 17, NBC said Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/NBC, Jordin Althaus, File)
FILE - In this undated publicity image released by NBC, the cast of the comedy series "Community" is shown. The series is about a community-college study group. "Community," which saw its return delayed this season, will air at 8 p.m. Thursday (all times EST) starting Feb. 7, 2013. The Joel McHale comedy will be followed by "Parks and Recreation," which moves to a new 8:30 p.m time slot starting Jan. 17, NBC said Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/NBC, Jordin Althaus, File)

It's no secret that NBC's comedies haven't exactly been winners in the ratings lately.

And if NBC president Jennifer Salke's comments are any indication, the peacock network isn't happy with the direction cult comedies like "Community" and "Parks and Recreation " have taken NBC.

"We just want a different brand," Salke, who joined NBC in July 2011, told TV Guide. "We don't want a narrow brand in the sense of some of those shows that we inherited here, which we're huge fans of, [but] have a very narrow audience."

Could Salke be particularly frustrated with "Community," which had its Season 4 premiere date pushed back this season? It's possible, and the actors seem equally frustrated.

Upon discovering that the fourth season of "Community" wouldn't be airing on October 19 as originally planned, the cast immediately released a video message to fans.

"October 19 isn't just a date, it's a state of mind," Abed (Danny Pudi) joked. "October 19 is a feeling within us all. Whenever a kitten tries to crawl into a a cardboard box on YouTube ... Whenever a stranger reaches out his hand to another stranger and says 'Hello brother!"

In case you missed it, check out the video below:

Season 4 of "Community" will premiere on Thurs., Feb. 7 at at 8 p.m. ET.

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