Yahoo saves Community for a sixth season
It ain't easy getting to six seasons and a movie, but the study group from Greendale now has reasons to scream Yahoo.
Yahoo says it's giving the sitcom Community a sixth season online.
Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television announced today that the show's creator, Dan Harmon, will serve as an executive producer for 13 new episodes.
The companies say cast members including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown will come along as the axed NBC TV show moves online to Yahoo Screen this fall.
In a statement paraphrasing Mark Twain, McHale says reports of the show's cancellation were "greatly exaggerated."
"#SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real," McHale said. "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. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”
Community is about a group of friends who come together at a community college with an iffy pedigree. The comedy has loyal followers but too few for NBC, which dropped it from next season's television schedule.
Yahoo credits passionate Community fans with keeping the show alive.
The cult-sitcom has had a turbulent life, including having its creator Dan Harmon fired at the end of its third season, only for him to return to his role as executive producer for its fifth.
"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!"