'Community' will have a 6th season, and it'll be on Yahoo
Community, the wildly popular but not often watched comedy formerly owned and aired by NBC, is returning for the sixth season its fans had hoped it would one day complete, ever since the end of Season 3 left us with that "#sixseasonsandamovie" hashtag on the final frame.
Yahoo will produce and air the sixth season online, which was announced by Sony Pictures Television on Monday. The season will air on Yahoo Screen – an ad-supported platform that's free for viewers. (And, unlike Hulu and some parts of Netflix, it's available in Canada.)
Community's sixth season will be available this fall, and will be 13 episodes long.
"'The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.' —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years)," said series star Joel McHale, who plays character Jeff Winger – a former student, now professor at Greendale Community College in Colorado.
"#SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. 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."
The show recently completed its fifth season on NBC and, after years of rumoured cancellations, delays, and hiatuses, the network finally cut Community from its schedule.
Although it's always had a loyal, cult following, the show about Jeff Winger and his six (now four) study buds never could hold much of a primetime audience.
It also suffered through a critically not-acclaimed fourth season, which was the only season not helmed by series creator Dan Harmon.
"I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," he said, in a statement. "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!"
Yahoo started wading into the online original video department in April, when company CEO Marissa Mayer said the company would be producing two original comedy series – to be shown exclusively on Yahoo's website and mobile apps – and would be streaming one concert a year in partnership with Live Nation.
"Users expect online content to be as good as, if not better than, TV," said Mayer (New York Times).
The Community announcement is a direct shot by Yahoo at other original video programmers and hosts like Hulu and Netflix – two companies that passed on reviving the comedy.