Channel 2 preempted an original episode of the NBC comedy "Community" tonight to carry a special that is important to the Western New York community.
The station ran a special on prostate cancer that is sponsored by Roswell Park. However, it plans to run "Community" at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Jim Toellner, Channel 2's general manager, said the station made the decision to run the special tonight when NBC had planned to run a repeat of "Community." The network changed its mind and decided to run an original episode. The move hasn't prompted community outrage, but Toellner said the NBC affiliate has received some calls from fans of "Community." One of the stars of the series, Ken Jeong, even called Channel 2's programming department after he got a tweet from a fan about the station's plans.
"It will be interesting to see if 'Community' does a better rating on Saturday because of the controversy," said Toellner.
NBC already has announced that "Community" will return for a second season.
-- Alan Pergament