Never underestimate Community’s power of resurrection. After years facing cancellation on NBC, not to mention a showrunner change that drained the show’s creativity followed by the return of Dan Harmon the following season, the network finally brought the ax down this May, just as the series was on the cusp of fulfilling its unlikely “Six Seasons and a Movie” prophecy. Talk then turned to a potential season six continuation on Hulu, but that prospect never came to fruition. Sony TV had a contractual hold on the cast through June 30th, and as the days wound down, it looked like the show might finally be dead. And then, almost as if on cue, Sony TV announced today that Community season 6 will continue on the interwebs via Yahoo Screen. Hit the jump for more.
This thing came down to the wire, but Sony TV announced today (via The Wrap), that Community will live on for a 13-episode sixth season on the web video service Yahoo Screen. Harmon was fittingly cheeky regarding the news:
“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, Bang Bus!”
Many assumed Hulu would become the new Community home since the streaming service holds exclusive streaming rights to all the other seasons of the show, but talks between Hulu and Sony TV never materialized in a deal. Enter Yahoo Screen, which is host to a variety of content ranging from music videos to late night talk show segments to “awesome animal” clips. As far as I know, this is their first original series, but I could be wrong; I’m not terribly familiar with the website.
All the series regulars from Community will likely be returning, though Jonathan Banks was only signed to a one-season stint for season five, so I wouldn’t expect him to pop back up (he’s also busy with Better Call Saul). Harmon has made no secret of the fact that he’d love for Donald Glover to return at some point, so hopefully the actor can at least make an appearance.
This is surely welcome news for die-hard Community fans and acts as further proof that this show has some serious staying power. Next stop: Community: The Movie?