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Tim Howard Saves Community

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Okay, not exactly. But I can’t imagine how Community managed to get a sixth season and now a possible movie without super-star goalie Tim Howard’s help. I thought Community was doomed. DOOMED! Community-Renewed-Season-6-330x220

I am extremely excited that, as Joel McHale tweeted a week ago: “‘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. 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.”

So about a week ago, news hit that Yahoo was going to give continued life to cult favorite comedy Community. Yahoo is attempting to break into the Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime digital streaming world by bringing in a small but dedicated pre-made audience. Happily, this new season will include all of the season 5 players–Dan Harmon, Joel McHale, and co. Unfortunately that still means Donald Glover will continue MIA. Chevy Chase too, but no one gives a rat’s tail end about his absence.

Now Yahoo has announced talks of a movie too! Woo-who! All other producers and execs should take note of Yahoo’s fan service here. Community fans have been championing the show through it’s many near-cancellations with #sixseasonsandamovie. For outsiders, this comes from a second season episode where Abed is obsessed with short-lived NBC show The Cape–see the clip below.

Fans who gave up after Season 3 should go back and view Season 5. Season 4 only had a few good episodes, since Harmon had been replaced by misguided NBC execs. It sort-of felt like the heart was gone, though everything else looked the same. Season 5 marked his return, and after a couple shaky episodes, it hit the old stride, showing its pastiche-loving heart on its sleeve. I can’t wait to see what a slightly different medium will mean for the show–no longer will they be tied to 22 minute episodes or prime-time’s expectations of sitcoms.

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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