The devoted (some might say cultish, but in the best way possible) fanbase for the cancelled NBC comedy Community got some great news late last month when it was rumored that it could live to see a sixth season on Hulu. However, it appears that those dreams may have now been dashed and the “six seasons and a movie” war cry may be a bit softer.
According to TVLine on Tuesday, Hulu has walked away from talks with Sony, the studio responsible for Community, that could have brought the show to the video streaming site. Hulu already has a deal in place with Sony to stream the first five seasons, which made it the most logical place for the show to end up if it’s to be brought back.
Don’t go sailing off with LeVar Burton just yet, though, because there still may be a small sliver of hope if you’ve been wanting the show to reach that almighty sixth season benchmark. Sony, which is said to “not give up easily,” is reportedly still shopping Community around to find a new home for it and has an undisclosed but interested party still in the mix.
A source for The Wrap claims the reports of Hulu abandoning talks are false in the first place but also mentioned another entity being interested. Both Sony and Hulu have declined to comment on the status of the talks.
Talks are very time-sensitive if they’re going to amount to anything, however, because actor contracts for the cast expire on June 30. After that point, the remainders of the Greendale Seven (and Chang and Dean Pelton, of course) would be free to take on other projects if a deal isn’t reached.
Regardless of whether Community gets resurrected a la Arrested Development at all, cast member Joel McHale (Jeff Winger) is up for it if the opportunity arises. While out promoting his new dramatic turn in Deliver Us From Evil over the weekend, McHale said he would “love to do it” if Sony reaches an agreement.
“I always wanted there to be a sixth season and more, and a movie,” he said. “So I’d be willing to do it. We’ll see.”