Six seasons and a movie. That's what fans of Community want, and they're very close to getting it. NBC cancelled Dan Harmon's comedy after its fifth season on the network -- one that may have already owed its existence to streaming services -- but now Yahoo has announced it's commissioning a new 13-episode season. There had been rumors/wishes that Community would return on an online network like Hulu, Crackle or Netflix, but The Wrap reports the cast's contracts were due to expire on Monday, so Sony Pictures needed to make a deal and Yahoo is looking for content (Firefly fans, update your mailing lists). With the exception of the previously departed Troy (Donald Glover) and Pierce Hawthorne (Chevy Chase), the main cast is onboard all the way down to Jim Rash as Dean Pelton. The season will be exclusive to Yahoo Screen, but details like how much it will cost to watch (if anything) or
how the episodes will be released are still unclear. The one problem we hope Yahoo can solve right away? Where to put October 19th.
Update: In a TV Guide article explaining how Community got to Yahoo Screen (tl;dr: cash money -- the $2 million per episode budget will remain the same from its run on NBC, which Hulu couldn't match), exec Kathy Savitt says the plan is for it to be ad supported, and episodes will be released on a weekly basis.
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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
Sixth season. #CommunitySixthSeason- Joel McHale (@joelmchale) June 30, 2014
Season 6 of "Community" is coming to Yahoo - yahoo: By Kathy Savitt, CMO And the crowd goes wild... the... http://t.co/2ffvBgrzM1- marissamayer (@marissamayer) June 30, 2014
Vision Boards Work! #CommunitySixthSeason- Jim Rash (@RashisTVUgly) June 30, 2014
Thanks for saving Community, Yahoo! I knew that having five different email addresses with you would pay off someday!- Erik Charles Nielsen (@ecnielsen) June 30, 2014
It's all because of the fans. The love you have for #Community knows no bounds. And we love you right back. Chang The World.- Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) June 30, 2014