“Community” is getting a Season 6 in a new and unlikely home: Yahoo. The Internet company has made a deal with Sony Pictures Television to produce and air new episodes of the cult comedy series.
All of the “Community” Season 5 regulars — Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong — are expected to return. Creator and executive producer Dan Harmon is, meanwhile, confirmed to return as showrunner for the new season.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon says in a statement. “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!'”
Harmon expresses a probably similar but totally vague sentiment on his Twitter page, quoting a line from the 1959 Marty Robbins hit, “El Paso.”
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
McHale offers his own rather pleased statement on the surprising renewal:
“‘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.”
While no precise dates for “Community” Season 6 have been announced, this move marks Yahoo’s first major foray into the online television world. Will “Community” bring a new Internet channel to join Netflix, Amazon and Hulu?
Whatever the case, “Community” maintains its status as the show that wouldn’t die.