Six Seasons and Where’s My Movie? Yahoo Revives Community
Just when we thought that we were in the darkest timeline, Yahoo, of all companies, grabbed the die from mid-air and saved Community from cancellation. The former search engine turned web conglomerate is getting into the original programming business and is leading off with a 13-episode sixth season of the cult hit sitcom.
Community had aired for five seasons as the lead-off show on NBC’s Thursday night line-up. Its ratings were on the bubble for renewal for the show’s entire run but often survived as a result of its passionate fan base and the fact that NBC’s whole line-up has struggled for viewers so badly that Community is one of the better rated Thursday night sitcoms on the Peacock.
Given the fan campaigns for a sixth season, it was believed that there were a number of digital outlets and cable channels interested in picking the series up but no deal could be reached. Rerun exclusivity deals with Hulu and Comedy Central were blamed for that. Neither of those parties could make the financials of a sixth season of Community work.
Instead, Yahoo Screen, Yahoo’s first attempt at an original video content service, has picked up Community. Given the website’s considerable cash reserves, it’s reported that there won’t be a massive change in the budget from the fifth season which aired on NBC.
In an epic statement about the upcoming sixth season, series creator and showrunner Dan Harmon said:
I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, BangBus!
Leave it to Harmon to not only poke fun at NBC with his statement but also namecheck a porn site. That’s the most Harmon/Community thing ever.
Returning for next season are most of the principal cast. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong will all be back. Donald Glover hasn’t signed on yet but fans are hoping that will be the case after he left the show to focus on his rap career during Season Five. Jonathan Banks is unlikely to make any appearances as he’s off doing Better Call Saul.
As someone who somehow managed to get (indirectly) cited by Wired as a leader of the Occupy Greendale movement, I love that #SixSeasonsAndAMovie may still become a reality. A little throwaway gag from the second season of the show managed to become a rallying cry that everyone from fans to executives have gotten behind. At this point, I’d actually be more shocked if there wasn’t a Community movie than if there was. I bet we wouldn’t have said that three years ago.
And, good news! Greendale wasn’t destroyed by a meteor strike.