Yahoo has renewed Community for a sixth season.
Dan Harmon’s sitcom was cancelled in May, prompting speculation from fans about whether a video on-demand service would resurrect it, a la Arrested Development. While some heads were turned towards Netflix, though, Community has been saved by another streaming platform entirely: Yahoo Screen.
Yes, Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television have announced that Community will return this autumn for a sixth season, with 13 new episodes available exclusively on Yahoo Screen.
The ensemble comedy about a tight-knit group of friends who all met at what is possibly the world’s worst educational institution – Greendale Community College – stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacob, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong, who will all be returning to the small (now digital) screen.
“‘The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real,” comments McHale.
Dan Harmon will serve as executive producer on the series, alongside Russ Krasnoff (“The Soloist”), Gary Foster (“Sleepless in Seattle”) and Chris McKenna (“The Mindy Project”).
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” adds Dan Harmon. “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 is all about connecting the best creators to the audiences who love their work. Community has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive,” says Kathy Savitt, CMO of Yahoo.
“The fans spoke and we listened,” agrees Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production for SPT. “Thanks to Yahoo, and the amazing team that makes Community great, we’ve avoided the Darkest Timeline yet again and plan to deliver a fantastic season.”
Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production, adds: “You can’t get to six seasons and a movie without a 6th season. Yahoo is the perfect home for the continuation of this journey.”
“Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon,” continues McHale. “And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”