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 Season 4 only had a few good episodes, since Harmon had been replaced by misguided NBC execs.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.