Fans of the television comedy Community (of which this Examiner is also a diehard fan) received fantastic news yesterday that the beloved show would be returning for a sixth season after being cancelled by its old network NBC. The new season will be appearing in the fall on Yahoo's new video platform Yahoo Screen, and for that many fans were joyful and thankful.
It had long been the rallying cry of Community's fans that the show should last "Six Seasons and a Movie!" based after a line of dialogue from the character Abed in Season 2's twenty-first episode "Paradigms of Human Memory" (a good Community fan would know he was talking about The Cape which lasted less than six weeks than six seasons). However, things looked bleak when NBC axed Community early last May. Sony (the show's producing company) went on the offensive hoping to find another buyer before the contracts of the cast were set to expire on June 30th. Hulu was seen as an easy target, and talks began but were ultimately fruitless. Fans began to despair that we truly were in the darkest timeline.
Then came word yesterday afternoon that at the eleventh hour, Community was going to be part of the series of original programming for Yahoo Screen, and there was much rejoicing and playing of Dave (Dave Matthews Band for you non-fans).
Talk also began on the idea of whether or not a movie was going to be made, Sony executive Zach van Amburg talked about it a little bit yesterday with the Hollywood Reporter when asked about subsequent seasons:
"I don't know, let's see how our movie does! Isn't that our plan? There's no way we're not making the movie now! I think once we make the movie, let's look up and decide how much more Community the world wants. We promised six seasons and a movie, how much more do you want?! [Laughs.] … I'd be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it. It's early but it's completely in our thought process."
There had also been talk earlier before cancellation that Justin Lin (Fast Five, Better Luck Tomorrow) was circling the director's chair of a movie adaption. Lin had directed the very good paintball themed episodes of the series. Community actually has a wealth of directors they could go to including Lin, Joe and Anthony Russo, Jay Chandrasekar, and Richard Ayoade who all directed previous episodes.
It has certainly been a nice 180 for Community fans, in a matter of twenty four hours they have gone to mourning the loss of a beloved show to looking forward to it in the fall as if nothing ever happened. What a great turnaround indean! I mean, indeed.