Yahoo resurrects Community for sixth season (Wired UK)


Community is one step closer to “six seasons and a
movie”. This week, Sony Pictures Television announced that the
series, which NBC cancelled in May, will return this autumn on
Yahoo Screen for a sixth 13-episode season.

For five seasons, “six seasons and a movie” — a meta-joke from
the show — became a rallying cry for fans and cast alike as
Community hung on by the skin of its teeth, on the
perpetual brink of cancellation. Finally, this May, NBC dropped the
hammer, announcing that despite the show’s respectable ratings and
avid fan following, it wouldn’t be renewed for a sixth season.

For a while, rumours flew — Community was going to another
network, it was getting picked up by Netflix (unlikely) or Hulu (a
better bet), etc. — but its survival was still a long shot. By
mid-June, the chatter had died down, actors announced new projects,
and it looked like Community was over for good. Now it’s
been given yet another chance.

With luck, the Yahoo Screen reprieve will give
Community, under showrunner Dan Harmon, a chance to send
the show off right. Harmon was fired on the eve of the fourth
season, and while he was back for the fifth, the show never quite
regained its footing. A sixth season isn’t just a chance for
Community to wrap up trailing plot threads, but to go out
with the same kind of bang that made it — at least for a while
–one of the best sitcoms on the air.

While Harmon himself initially seemed lukewarm about the
prospect of a save, he’s been nothing but positive about the Yahoo
Screen deal, telling The Hollywood Reporter he’s “very
pleased” to see the show return, and vowing to dominate its new

After that, who knows? After all, as one viral campaign to save
the show said, “you don’t get to a movie without making six

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