Earlier this month, NBC officially cancelled the fan-favorite series Community after five seasons. Â 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. Â 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. Â As such, Hulu is reportedly in talks for more original installments ofÂ Community. Â Hit the jump for more.
As Deadline reports, Hulu is in talks withÂ Community producer Sony Pictures TV for new episodes. Â Now, before you get too excited, the source stresses that these are preliminary talks and won’t necessarily lead to a deal. Â 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 â€śehâ€ť column. For a million reasons, some selfish, some creative, one logistic, five sexual, three racist (in a good way) and, oddly, nine isometricâ€¦ I said â€śehâ€ť on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a â€śsure, letâ€™s talkâ€ť on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. Iâ€™m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelledÂ Community.
Iâ€™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 aÂ Communityresurrection could be difficult.Â So be prepared for that. Which brings us to the other thing, the first thing, that most of the anxious tweets are aboutâ€¦
If you want to know the Godâ€™s honest truth, part of my â€śehâ€ť 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 itâ€™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 canâ€™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.