Earlier this month, NBC officially cancelled the fan-favorite series Community after five seasons. As followers of the beleaguered ensemble comedy know all too well, this cancellation puts them one season (and a movie) short of their “Six Seasons and a Movie” rallying cry. However, we’re lucky enough to live in a world where network television is not the be-all and end-all for original programming, even if they do happen to own the streaming platforms where their dumped properties eventually end up. As such, Hulu is reportedly in talks for more original installments of Community. Hit the jump for more.
As Deadline reports, Hulu is in talks with Community producer Sony Pictures TV for new episodes. Now, before you get too excited, the source stresses that these are preliminary talks and won’t necessarily lead to a deal. Here’s a shortened version of what show creator Dan Harmon had to say about the show’s potential transition (via his blog):
I will confess, however, that when Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the “eh” column. For a million reasons, some selfish, some creative, one logistic, five sexual, three racist (in a good way) and, oddly, nine isometric… I said “eh” on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a “sure, let’s talk” on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community.
I’m scared to tell you how little a difference I think my enthusiasm will make. I know fandom, when it gets this deep for this long, becomes almost religious, including the urge to stone the less than faithful. But there are lots of reasons a Communityresurrection could be difficult. So be prepared for that. Which brings us to the other thing, the first thing, that most of the anxious tweets are about…
If you want to know the God’s honest truth, part of my “eh” was coming from the unsettling thought of your passion for campaigns being once again exploited by this rather unfair, somewhat backward system, one that now treats you like it’s your responsibility to keep a show alive, like a corporation is doing you a favor by feeding you low grade opiate through a regulated tube. Like you owe them an apology when they can’t measure or monetize you to their satisfaction. You deserve better.
We’ll keep an eye on this story to see if anything develops in the coming months.