Update: All of the episodes will be released at the same time at some point in 2015, so fans of the Greendale Human Beings can stream the new season at their own pace. Original article follows.
YES! “Community” has been saved from the jaws of death by Yahoo! This is amazing news, considering that Hulu dropped out of negotiations last week and the recently-cancelled NBC sitcom only had until today to find a new home before the actor’s contracts expired. But Vulture reports that Yahoo has made a deal with Sony Pictures Television for a 13 episode sixth season with creator Dan Harmon returning as showrunner.
Harmon gave a very Harmon-esque statement on the new deal:
I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo. 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!
And star Joel McHale also chimed in:
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.
Earlier today, Harmon posted a cryptic tweet with the hashtag #sixseasonsandamovie, but I honestly wasn’t sure what to make of it:
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
But now we know that the show has been brought back to life, just as I hoped. The report states that the budget for the show won’t be too different than the previous season’s budget when the show was at NBC, which means Harmon shouldn’t have to make too many sacrifices when it comes to achieving the same quality fans expect (minus the gas leak season, of course). Co-producer Chris McKenna is in negotiations to return as well, and there have even been “discussions” of how they might be able to create the movie part of #SixSeasonsAndAMovie after this season ends, though nothing official has been decided at this point.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be spending the rest of the day rocking out to Daybreak.
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