Dry your tears, Community fans. After a month of uncertainty and the ebb and flow of hope after being cancelled by NBC, the cult comedy has found a place where it can live on for a sixth season.
It won’t be on television any longer, but the show will be one step closer to fulfilling the mantra and warcry of #SixSeasonsAndaMovie thanks to Yahoo Screen, the Internet corporation’s video streaming service. Season six will consist of 13 episodes and, as Joel McHale put it, “It’s the Internet. We can swear now.”
“# SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real,” McHale also said in a statement. “Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race.”
After the show was cancelled in May, reports surfaced that Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind Community, was in talks with Hulu to resurrect the show for a sixth season, a logical choice at the time since the streaming service already has the rights to the first five seasons. On June 24, however, Hulu reportedly walked away from the talks, leaving the show’s fate in doubt once again. A source close to TVLine had said there was one interested party sill in the mix, however.
Monday's news also comes just in the nick of time; after the talks with Hulu fell through last week, Sony had until June 30 to find a place for the show, as the actors’ contracts were due to expire today and would allow the cast to move on to other projects. Luckily, the entire cast (the remaining cast anyway; Chevy Chase and Danny Glover have since left the show) is on board for the new season so we’ll get to pick up where the show left off.
Series creator Dan Harmon, who was fired for season four and then brought back for season five, is also coming back for the new season, as well as executive producers Chris McKenna, Russ Krasnoff, and Gary Foster.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said. “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!”
The new episodes are scheduled to premiere sometime this fall. Now all that’s left is to figure out the whole movie thing.