After being canceled by NBC, Community finds a new home online.
Community fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
The former NBC sitcom, which was canceled in May, will find new life streaming online via Yahoo, according to Variety.
The site is partnering with Sony Pictures Television to produce a 13-episode sixth season of the show, which will continue to be led by showrunner, Dan Harmon. “I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a press release. “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!”
Sony had reportedly been in talks with Hulu, which already syndicates past seasons, to stream the hit show, but a financial agreement could not be made between the two companies.
Community star, Joel McHale, expressed his gratitude for having another chance at bringing his character, Jeff Winger, to life. “Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon,” the actor said. “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’s respite may be short-lived, however, as Variety reports that this will most likely be the final season. Rumors of a Community movie have also circulated, but have never been confirmed.
Yahoo released a statement about the collaboration with Sony and also praised the show’s fans. “(Yahoo) is all about connecting the best creators with the audiences who love their work,” said Yahoo chief marketing officer, Kathy Savitt. “Community has an extremely passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive.”
Internet-exclusive shows seem to be the way of the future. Programs such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards have gained huge followings yet have never been aired on network television, but instead stream on Netflix.