Yahoo picked up Community for a surprise sixth season on the final day its cast's contracts could legally be renewed, proving that Twitter hashtags trump everything in the new TV landscape and that we should never give up on a show with a fanbase as devoted at this one. Creator Dan Harmon is on board, as is the rest of the cast and key writers like Chris McKenna.
Yahoo Screen is clearly looking to make a big splash with a property that will draw devoted eyes, but even given Community's resilient reputation, the last-minute reprieve is quite a surprise after NBC canceled it and talks broke down to continue the show on Hulu, where it currently streams exclusively. Even Harmon seemed ambivalent about the idea of a sixth season, saying in a Tumblr post that he started out in the "eh column" although he also refused "to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community."
But he sounded more optimistic in his statement today. "I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," Harmon said in a release. "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!"
Despite some consternation within The Wire offices about this development [EDITOR'S NOTE: See right.], Community did have a pretty great season this year, although it remains to be seen what kind of a budget Harmon will be able to operate under outside of the NBC tent. He will, of course, no longer be limited by the language and content restrictions of broadcast television, but whether Community is in for any radical format changes remains to be seen. Anyway, in case you forgot, #SixSeasonsandaMovie. Or however it goes.