‘Community’ Creator Talks Season 6, A Movie and Donald Glover’s Return

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In the darkest days, when it seemed as if all hope had been lost for fans of Community, the phrase/hashtag “Six Seasons and a Movie” united bewildered Communies and kept the spark lit.

Things are slightly better for the often ambitious and unorthodox show now despite stubbornly low ratings and the departures of both Chevy Chase and Donald Glover over the last year, but while the future on NBC is still not a certainty, apparently people behind the scenes are going to work hard to make the “Six Seasons and a Movie” prophecy into a reality.

While a renewal for what they classify as a “final” season of Community is still a possibility, due in part to NBC’s inability to successfully launch a replacement, Sony (who co-produces the series) would “likely aggressively shop the final season elsewhere, to outlets such as Hulu”.

The NBC co-owned Hulu has invested in original programming before, but the streamer would make a profound “Netflix adding Arrested Development” sized statement if they were able to add original episodes from a high-profile show like Community to their stable. Right now, though, it seems like Hulu is little more than a theoretical safety net and not a firm plan, but it’s nice to hear that Sony is committed to making the first half of the “Six Seasons and a Movie” rallying cry into a reality.

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Regarding the “movie” portion of that cry, Dan Harmon himself weighed in during an interview with HitFix, saying that his involvement is preordained by fate.

“The movie part is the movie part. I mean, if they do a sixth season, I have to participate. And having done that, if the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure. The title of the book about the show is not “’Community,’ An Interesting Journey into a Show No One Ever Watched.” The title of the book is obviously going to be, “Six Seasons and a Movie.” So it’s already over. Sometimes our hands are just tied up in fate.”

At PaleyFest last night, Harmon let on that he felt that a movie would have to have an “action or horror or sci-fi” tie in to attract audiences and justify its existence, expressing an interest in carrying the paintball theme onto the big screen before talking about introducing new fans to Community through a film.

“Our TV show’s not that popular [...] If we make a movie, we really have to reinvent the wheel in terms of why someone would watch a movie. My ultimate goal would be for people to watch the movie and to say, ‘I’m one of the 249 billion Americans that have never heard of this show, but holy crap, this movie is crazy and really funny and awesome.’”

If a movie does happen, TV Guide also reports that original paintball episode helmer and four-time Fast and Furious director Justin Lin has been considered for the director’s chair, but it’s also worth wondering if Harmon, himself, might want to fully shepherd that voyage.

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It’s also worth wondering if a movie will happen without Troy Barnes (aka Donald Glover), who has been absent since the fifth episode of this season, when the character departed to sail around the world. Harmon is emphatic about his desire to have Glover return and the impact of his loss, though he also has conditions, which is a bit interesting considering Harmon’s own antics and outspoken nature.

“We knew something was going to happen that we didn’t want to happen and on the other hand we knew that there was going to be energy from it that we could get stories from. You will never be able to replace Donald. I think it’s just the start of our search for Spock in the ‘Community’ movie. [...] I’m just going to go home, kill a chicken, drink its blood, make a ‘Blair Witch’ thing out of its bones, pray to every deity that I have to that if we do get a sixth season that Donald will have tired of his Donald-ness.”

Glover’s “Donald-ness” is a double-edged sword, though. Yes, it’s frustrating that he left the show and that he recently teased his return to the show, but Harmon also recently called him “one of the most incredible performers” that he has “ever had the intimidating honor of writing for”.

In Glover’s absence, the show has changed, but it might be a stretch to say that it has suffered. Yes, Harmon can no longer rely on Troy and Abed’s antics, but that absence has forced him to explore new facets of Danny Pudi’s Abed character and other avenues on the show while still doing large-scale theme episodes like the second Dungeons and Dragons episode and an upcoming episode that plays on the GI Joe cartoon from the 80s – a preview from which Harmon debuted at PaleyFest (above).

Is Community as funny without Glover? Maybe not. Is it a deeper show? Possibly, but that might also be the reason why his possible return might be the best thing for the show, because if there is a way to see Abed’s newly evolved character deal with the return of Troy (who will have surely matured following his time at sea), that might make for a really interesting story. Besides that, it just seems unnatural to even consider a Community movie without Glover’s involvement.

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Community airs Thursdays on NBC @8PM

Source: TV Guide, The Wrap, Variety, HitFix

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  1. Troy and Abed in a moooovie!

    • +1,000 – You Win!

      • DIDO

    • Nice! Haha. It’s been too long. I needed that.

  2. The plot for the movie wrote itself when Glover decided to leave.

    Troy’s ship has vanished out at sea, every one thinks he’s dead, they hold a funeral and everything, but Abed is convinced Troy’s alive and stuck on some desert island. Cue globe-trotting adventure to rescue Troy, interspersed with parodies of Cast Away, Robinson Crusoe and Gilligan’s Island in the way that only Community can.

    • That could be good but I disagree. The show started at Greendale it should end at Greendale. Sandy said as much in the previous SR article they posted about it yesterday.

      PS: there was an easter egg in one of the episodes (I think it was bear down for finals) that said that troy and levar burton are stranded or being held hostage somewhere.

      • They were captured by pirates. Text runs across the screen below the news report of the bear birthday massacre. I don’t know if there have been any other easter eggs regarding Troy’s whereabouts since then.

    • In Season 5 episode 6, the episode with Nathan Fillion in it with the bulletin board, it shows a TV and one of the headlines on the news is: “BREAKING NEWS: Levar Burton and non-celebrity companion captured by pirates in the Gulf of Mexico.” So although they could do a ‘Search for Troy’ movie, it may contain pirates!

  3. Community is an amazing show. It is hard to believe that it has such low ratings, but I watch it on Hulu so Im part of the problem.

    If Danny Glover comes back for Season Six then a rescue road trip seems possible. Though his return may be explained instead of shown. It would be more fitting. I don’t think the rescue from the pirates would make a good movie. It is too small.

    The idea for the movie needs to be big, BIG.
    #1 Asteroid. Greendale gets a new observatory and planetarium. The group discovers an asteroid headed towards Earth and then you have a disaster/end of the world movie. It isn’t as if they could do anything or could they? Troy and Abed save the Earth B-story.
    #2 Earthquake. Greendale seems like it is in SoCal.
    #3 Alien Invasion. Might be a stretch, but if it was like the Thing/Invasion of the Body Snatchers it might work.
    #4 ?

    • Re: #2, I think in the episode where Troy leaves at the end, Troy says to Jeff that he’s the coolest guy he knows, but then Jeff says something like “Troy I’ve never stepped foot outside of Colorado, what you’re doing already makes you cooler than I’ve ever been” or something like that, so I think it’s set in Colorado.
      And I know what you mean about Hulu, I torrent the show so I’m worse than you lol, to be fair they’re only just showing season 3 where I live, haha.

      • I didn’t register that line. Good call. It is filmed in SoCal, so it looks like SoCal. If it is set in Colorado then that works even better for idea #1. NORAD is in Colorado.

    • #4 A Greendale reunion of some sort which would get them all back on campus again
      #5 all out war with City College culminating in epic paintball

      I as well am baffled by the low ratings. Everybody I recommend the show to ends up loving it.

  4. Community: Revenge of the Darkest Timelime

  5. If a movie happens they also have to get Chevy back… Pierce faking his death is just like his character. When the original cast is together its magic they all play of each other so well.

  6. Troy returns from his journey, and the study group gets together to prepare Pierces estate for Troy, which Pierce left Troy in his will. While cleaning out Pierces mansion, they discover some sort of a clue that Pierce is still alive. This clue leads them to greendale, where the movie can sort of spin off into any genre, thus “justifying it’s existence.” It could go into a mystery/horror setting, in which they keep making new and disturbing discoveries. Maybe it could go into a national treasure/Indiana Jones sort of situation, or a discovery that Pierce had conspired to take down Greendale with City college to get revenge for something the study group had done, resulting in an epic sci-fi paintball battle. nothing like the season four stud group vs. darkest timeline study group though. The paintball would be tough, due to repetitiveness, but in a sci-fi situation, while giving it a sort of mockery of Tron, the way community references popular movies, games, etc. they could probably pull it off while giving enough texture to make it relevant to the world outside of community fans, while also making it relatable to the community fans.

    • Awesome!!!

  7. That would work

  8. But people who don’t watch community, and are seeing it for the first time, wouldn’t get the paintball, or the humor to Pierce faking his death. Although, it is a good plot regardless whether or not they get the inside joke.

  9. So happy Donald is returning! So happy about six seasons and a movie!
    Ihope that season 6 will have the same number of episodes as seasons 1-3. Seasons 4 and 5 did not have the same number of episodes, and they were somehow strange. Of course being a fan, I didn’t mind as much. I actually expect more than six seasons. This is one of the best and most intelligent tw shows of all times. Why would it only have six seasons?