Peacock brings Community back for long-awaited movie
James R | On 01, Oct 2022
Community is finally getting a movie, thanks to NBC’s Peacock.
Created by Dan Harmon, the sitcom is the story of a dysfunctional study group at a community college. When lawyer Jeffrey Winger (Joel McHale – Ted) finds his degree has been revoked, he is forced to go back to school at Greendale Community College. Hoping to score points with coed Britta (Gillian Jacobs – Love, Girls), Jeffrey invents a study group and invites her to join it. Imagine his surprise when she’s not the only one who shows up for help with Spanish – there’s pop-culture nerd Abed (Danny Pudi – Star Trek Beyond), his best buddy Troy (Donald Glover – Solo, Atlanta), over-achiever Annie (Alison Brie – Glow, The Disaster Artist), sweet yet rage-filled Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown – Chuck, Repo Men) and the incomparable Pierce (Chevy Chase – SNL, National Lampoon’s Vacation).
With Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and John Oliver all joining the show’s cast, the result has become a modern classic of surrealism, pop-culture parody and ludicrous plotlines. Indeed, such was the following that when NBC cancelled the comedy after Season 5, demand from fans online prompted the show to be revived for a sixth run in 2015. That was courtesy of failed streaming platform Yahoo! Screen, which was the season’s US home – in the UK, it aired on linear TV channel Sony Entertainment Television. Since then, it has streamed on Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and All 4 in the UK and continued to build its fanbase, with the show proving one of the more sought-after titles in NBC’s catalogue for licensing.
Now, NBC’s own streaming platform is stepping in to bring the show back for one last study session. The notion of “six seasons and a movie” started out as a cheeky line from the show’s early seasons, with the revival for Season 6 reigniting hopes that the fabled feature-length outing would one day happen. Six years later, that day is now here.
Peacock has ordered Community: The Movie, with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong all set to return. Chase, who left after a cameo in Season 5, is not currently set to appear, while Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown will also not be returning.
Harmon and Andrew Guest will write and exec produce, with McHale, Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster exec-producing.
Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said in a statement: “We’re incredibly grateful that 15 years later, we are able to deliver fans this promised movie and can’t wait to get to work with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy for Peacock audiences.”
Peacock is currently available in the UK as part of Sky and NOW at no extra cost.