I think it says something about my TV viewing habits that many of the shows I have loved have broken ground with new ways of continuing their storytelling when the classic ratings system failed to support. Exhibit A: Joss Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi western television show, Firefly, gets cancelled after 13 episodes. After fan petitions and high DVD sales, the television spawns, not a revival on the small screen, but a feature film on the big screen. This film is called Serenity. Exhibit B: After three seasons, Veronica Mars is cancelled. A decade later, fans Kickstarter a movie sequel. Exhibit C: Community, a quirky comedy with a five season run, gets cancelled, but knowing there’s a strong community of fans, Yahoo! Screen picks up the show for a sixth season presented through their webvideo portal. And a movie has been teased to fulfill the call for #sixseasonsandamovie.
Clearly my television viewing doesn’t fit in with the mainstream. The most popular shows I’ve ever watched are The X-Files, Smallville, and The Vampire Diaries. Everything else has been on the margins of viability, often from very early on in its run. But clearly the media landscape is changing for the more democratic. With a deal like the one made with Yahoo! Screens, Community can exist in a ratings-free world that won’t compare its apples to The Big Bang Theory’s oranges. I am hopeful.
And with that in mind, I present the preview of Season 6, which will start filming in the fall.
Yahoo! Screen has also posted video of the Community panel at San Diego Comic-Con this year.