‘Community’ Picked Up for a Sixth Season on Yahoo
Even NBC couldn’t kill “Community,” it turns out — and as the plucky cult sitcom sprang back to life Monday, its father let everyone know it.
Creator Dan Harmon, who still writes the show, confirmed in a statement that despite NBC cancelling the show after last year’s season 5, Yahoo has picked it up for a sixth season that will debut this fall.
Harmon used his playful release to turn the show’s modest ratings into a subtle parting jab.
“I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online,” said Harmon.
“Community” debuted in September 2009 with an audience of almost 8 million, but soon settled down to about half that figure and finished its NBC run around 3 million.
It had been expected NBC might cancel the show two seasons ago, but the network ended up replacing Harmon instead for Season 4.
He returned for Season 5.
The show has also been notable for generating internal dramas, including the noisy departure of Chevy Chase in Season 4 and the more sedate departure of Donald Glover in Season 5.
Harmon said he would like to bring Glover back for Season 6.
Most of the rest of the cast is signed to return, including Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong.
Several broadcast and cable shows have been resurrected online in recent years, with mixed results.
These have included “Arrested Development,” “The Killing” and several soaps.
The soaps have not done well, but the model is still considered promising for a certain kind of show — because while 3 million is a small audience for a broadcast network, an online show can be a hit with fewer viewers than that.
Source: NY Daily News
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