The NBC cult hit Community has found a new home – on Yahoo Screen.
The show, which ran for five seasons on NBC, has an ardent following – but it wasn’t enough to save the show from cancellation in May. Fans wondered if the show would be resurrected on any number of online platforms – and rumors emerged late last month that the series could find a home on Hulu. But today’s news is 100 percent official – Yahoo Screen it is.
— Yahoo Screen (@YahooScreen) June 30, 2014
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” says Community creator Dan Harmon. “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!”
It's been so long since I've seen the young maiden. My love is stronger than my fear of death. #SixSeasonsAndAMovie
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 30, 2014
“‘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,” says Community star Joel McHale.
“Yahoo is all about connecting the best creators to the audiences who love their work. Community has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dan, Joel, and the entire cast, as well as Sony, to deliver a great season 6,” said Kathy Savitt, CMO of Yahoo.
Yahoo Screen launched a few years ago as a rebranding and refocusing effort of the old Yahoo Video. Yahoo Screen features video clips from various sources – from SNL and Comedy Central to viral hits. In 2012, Yahoo Screen debuted an original comedy series called Burning Love to enough success to merit a two-season renewal. Yahoo has announced even more original comedy series set to premiere on Screen, including Sin City Saints and Other Space.
Yahoo is trying to break into the original content game with Yahoo Screen, and nabbing Community is their first huge statement. With an extremely dedicated fan base, the new season of Community will almost certainly be a huge success for Yahoo.
Community season six will premiere this fall and contain 13 episodes.
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