[Update: Following a report on Deadline that Sony and Yahoo! are still “in talks” about more Community and that the show’s fate is undecided, McHale took to Twitter to clarify that the show’s not cancelled so…make of that what you will. Our original story follows below.]
Easy sugar-bear, Community is not canceled. #QuestionMarkSeasonsAndaMovie
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) August 4, 2015
On the heels of some pretty bad signs for a continuation of Hannibal, we have confirmation that another former NBC series is finished. After five seasons of low ratings, the network finally cancelled the comedy series Community last year. But it was saved at the last minute by Yahoo!, which ordered a sixth season of the sitcom. Creator Dan Harmon and most of the cast returned, but while fans may be eager to see another season of the show, that won’t be happening—and for once it’s not because the network doesn’t want more episodes.
Speaking with Metro Weekly, Joel McHale confirmed that Community won’t be getting a seventh season, citing cost as an issue:
“[Yahoo!] wanted to [give us another season]. But all of our contracts were up after six years. All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.”
So there you have it folks, Community will almost certainly not be returning as a TV series. And that’s okay! The show lasted six seasons, which is more than most sitcoms run nowadays, and there’s always the possibility that the Community movie will come to fruition. The cast has been vocal in the past about their willingness to return for a feature film if Harmon writes it, so that door remains open. For now, though, the cast is enjoying immense success in other ventures (Brie leads the very funny romcom Sleeping with Other People, opening soon), and I’m enjoying the hell out of Harmon’s Adult Swim series Rick and Morty. Community had a good run, it evaded premature cancellation numerous times, and everyone’s doing just fine.