Human Beings, your prayers have been answered at last. No, not the one where NBC travels back in time to un-fire Dan Harmon. The one where Community finally sets a firm return date.

Meanwhile, Netflix still hasn’t gotten around to setting an exact date for the long-awaited return of Arrested Development, but one site’s got some inside info that narrows down the window a bit. Early 2013 is going to be a great time for comedy nerds. Hit the jump to read more.

Community star Yvette Nicole Brown announced via Twitter today that the brilliant-and-not-yet-cancelled sitcom would return to NBC for its fourth season Thursday, February 7 at 8:00 PM.

That puts Community‘s actual Season 4 premiere almost four months after the originally announced October 19 date — a fact that the actress cheekily jabbed at in a follow-up tweet.

Well, better late than never, right? Think of it this way — now you have four extra months to convince all your other friends to tune in and make sure it never gets cancelled.

Besides, that’s still a much shorter wait than the one for Arrested Development‘s fourth season. The Season 3 finale of that cult comedy aired in early 2006, so fans have been waiting almost five years at this point. While Netflix has yet to announce a definite premiere date for Season 4, The Film Stage has received word that the episodes will hit all at once (as previously revealed) sometime in early April. Previously, we knew only that the show would return sometime in spring 2013.

There’s still no word on how many episodes the fourth season will have. Initially, the streaming service had planned for a ten-episode fourth season, but lately has been more vague with the number, saying only that “at least” ten new episodes would arrive in the spring. Maybe they need extra episodes to fit in all those guest stars they keep signing.

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