It was passed up by the Peacock. Negotiations fell flat at Hulu. Still, that wasn’t enough to keep the Internet from saving Community.
Yahoo will revive the beloved Dan Harmon comedy for a 13-episode, sixth season. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online,” the show creator said in a statement. “I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory.”
Yahoo inked a deal with Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series, on June 30—the exact day that cast contracts for Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Alison Brie expired. The move is a win for the Internet company, which is looking to compete with the likes of Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu, all of which are boosting their original programming offerings. However, unlike Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, Community will likely be released one episode at a time, a counter to the binge-watching culture streaming services allow. Either way, the reprisal has fans, and the cast, excited.
“Thank you, Sony. Thank you, Yahoo. Thank you, Dan Harmon,” McHale said of the news. “And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”
While Community devotees are closer to realizing their #SixSeasonsAndAMovie dreams, Yahoo executive Kathy Savitt told Vulture they should be more ambitious.
“Our hope is to build and extend and prolong [the series],” Savitt said. “Our hope is… that it has a healthy future for season six and well beyond.”
Expect season six of Community to hit the world wide web this fall.