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'Community' revived for a sixth season on Yahoo Screen

Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
June 30, 2014
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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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