Rob Sheffield's 2012 Fall TV Preview

Your day-by-day guide to the 21 new and returning shows worth watching

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NBC, Fridays Starting October 19th at 8:30 p.m.

Exit Dan Harmon, enter Malcolm McDowell as the creepy new history professor. And Chevy Chase is hanging in there. So will they have more fun and be less weird than the first three years combined? The Greendale study group got a welcome death-row reprieve from the network guillotine, but Harmon was the visionary who gave Community its distinctively twisted touch. Even if it fails without him, the typical Community fan can at least find a perverse way to appreciate this season as a parallel-universe timeline.

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