‘Community’ Season 6 to Premiere on Yahoo Screen [Updated]

Published 3 months ago by , Updated June 30th, 2014 at 8:59 pm,

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A seemingly simple show about a group of community college students has proven to be television’s ultimate unsinkable ship as Community has earned yet another second chance, half fulfilling its #SixSeasonsAndAMovie promise while thrilling diehard fans of the imaginative and laudable series who had started to lose hope.

Cancelled back in May by NBC, series creator and Communie spiritual leader Dan Harmon seemed somewhat unmotivated to fight his most vigorous fight yet to keep the show going, saying that he had been in the “eh” column after the cancellation when the notion of continuing the show had been broached, but that he would “heat up.” After one previous firing, repeated rumors about the shows death and scrambles to prove its viability, one couldn’t really blame Harmon for his initial “eh,” but despite a rocky journey that included a flirtation with Hulu and countless other rumors, Community has a new and unexpected home in the form of Yahoo’s digital channel. Yes, Yahoo.

While going to a streaming network always seemed like the most likely destination for Community, it’s doubtful that anyone won the pool with a bet of Yahoo, though now that all is said and done, it makes a little bit of sense. Think back to Netflix before the Arrested Development deal. Now think of them now.

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Yahoo began their ascent toward original comedy programming glory in late April by greenlighting 8 episode seasons from Other Space (which is produced by Freaks and Geeks creator and comedy movie hot hand, Paul Feig) and another show about a basketball team in the Silicon Valley. But while these shows would garner some attention, they didn’t have the richter-scale-registering effect of landing something with a built in audience. Specifically, an audience that is as loyal as the Community audience.

Seriously – have you seen these folks on your Twitter timeline? They’re not just screaming about the quality of the show or begging networks to pick it up, they’re tweeting at sponsors that run ads on the shows thanking them for their support and they’re urging people to watch the show live and legal. These folks know how the business side works, and that kind of fanbase has got to be very appealing to a nascent digital streaming network.

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As for the quality and personnel that we can expect from Community‘s sixth season, right now we know that Dan Harmon will be back and that executive producer Chris McKenna is in talks. The full cast (absent, we assume, previous castoffs Donald Glover and Chevy Chase… though, I imagine we’re all fingers crossed for at least a cameo if this is truly the last season) seem likely as well, especially since Vulture is reporting that the production budget for this 13 episode season will not be “dramatically different” than last season’s.

So, in addition to seeing Harmon get one more season with the cast, it seems likely that he won’t be stifled financially when it comes to doing big things – not to mention the expectation that he may have a bit more creative freedom – and we don’t even want to imagine a version of Community without the ability to do big things and theme episodes. What will those big things be?

Obviously, we’ll have to wait and see, but with a new episode of Harmon’s Harmontown Podcast recording tonight and San Diego Comic Con only a few weeks away (assuming that Harmon and company can pull something together for the convention this quickly), it will only be a matter of time before we are flush with tidbits, rumor crumbs and speculation. As opposed to the steady diet of nothingness and despair that we would have been promised had the show not, once again and thankfully, proven itself to have a cockroachian durability.

Update: Yahoo Chief Marketing Officer Kathy Savitt told Vulture that Yahoo’s hope is to “build and extend and prolongCommunity beyond season 6, though there is no comment about the show’s future beyond the sixth season from Harmon and the other creative principles.

The update also goes on to establish that there is a fall 2014 target for these episodes and that they are “likely” to run weekly as opposed to in a binge-watchable batch.

This makes perfect sense to us with Community‘s social media firepower. If you’re Yahoo and you’re trying to establish yourself as an original content provider, why take the buzz-benefit in one burst when you can dine out on it for months?

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Community will return for a 6th season on Yahoo Screen at some point in the near future.

Source: Vulture, NYT

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  1. I love Community. But i don’t know if this is best for Community fans. I wasn’t blown away by season 5 so its hard to be VERY excited for a sixth other than the fact that it fulfills part of the #6seasonsandamovie.

    But kudos for Yahoo for trying to get in the game. The more original programming the better for all of us.

  2. What is Yahoo screen what must i i do to watch this season

    • you don’t need yahoo screen *wink wink*

      • As far as I’ve looked into it, Yahoo! Screen isn’t subscription-based. That means you’ll likely see the occasional commercial while streaming the show. I’m not gonna tell anyone what to do, but personally, I’ll turn off the ad blocker and suffer (i.e. space out) through a few minutes of commercials to support a show that I love.

  3. Without Chevy and Donald Glover it’ll be another season of the Joel Mchale show.

    • Actually, I found McHale to have been more of an ensemble player in S5. And if there was a vote over whether we’d get Chase back and return to the status quo of Chase years or a slight uptick in McHale presence, I’d go McHale.

      Donal Glover is sorely missed, though.

      • I agree. I was surprised at how Jeff Winger didn’t get as much focus in the past season despite the loss of two co-stars. Last season broke up the group into their own subplots quite often, but it seemed that the spotlight was more evenly distributed than in past seasons.

        Also, I second that about Donald Glover. The show may not necessarily need Troy to be entertaining, but it certainly is better when he’s around.

  4. NBC can keep their Parks & Rec that appeals to dumb, easily humored people. Only idiots can still like the humor of that show – I had a look in last season and it’s just childish slapstick nonsense compared to its earlier stuff. God knows how that show is still on – when Community was on NBC it was P&R’s lead in…

    Community *is the best smart comedy in last good amount of years..was a no brainer it would get picked up again elsewhere. Proper geek’s/nerd’s show.

    Now they have freedom to go way over the top now it’s on the internet (plus they can swear if they want to). Although season 5 was not the greatest you could tell they were constraint by NBC. Reminds me of how the BBC treated Classic Who near the end…

  5. PLEASE DO A JOKE ABOUT THE YAHOO COMMENT SECTION. OH GOD ALMIGHTY PLEASE!!

  6. This is one of the most amazing stories in television. As a die-hard fan of this show, I’m ecstatic! The fact that this show will see six seasons (and most definitely some sort of a movie) is a miracle and shows the impact that fans can have. Firefly was able to live on as Serenity, Arrested Development finally got new episodes and Community defies the odds over and over! I don’t see how anyone can say this is a bad thing. Plus, more people entering into the original content game adds more competition which should mean better quality shows all around!

  7. There is a God! lol :D

  8. And to finish Community with #sixseasonandamovie simply title season 6 like this: Community Season Six: The Movie

  9. Great news! I just hope they could go out stong and not just be a mediocre comedy (season 4 and 5). Also a great cameo would be jack black, he was amazing on community.

  10. Picture at the top looks like this is a show about people who hang out at the library and secretly glue book pages together.
    You know, speaking of libraries, nowadays many people like to settle down in bed with a “good book”, but I remember in the olden days of Queen Elizabeth, she was happy to settle down in bed with just a couple of “pages”…..
    …..yeah, ha-ha, yourself!

  11. I just want to know who the ass-crack bandit was!!!!!!!

  12. Community fans are a little out of control with this announcement. You would think they just announced the end of World War 2 or the moon landing:
    http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2014/06/30/i-didnt-realize-community-fans-were-such-dorks/

  13. Happy day!!
    I’m even more thrilled because I won’t have to subscribe to Hulu to watch.
    It’s also beneficial that Yahoo can actually afford the show.
    So now we don’t have to watch a lesser version or as fans call it, season four.

  14. Yahoo is where Burning Love began and that was a fantastic comedy series. I can’t wait. I better add Yahoo Screen to my Roku channels!

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