Yesterday, when Yahoo surprisingly picked up the former NBC sitcom “Community” only hours before the actors’ contracts expired, the story was that they had picked up the show for a 13-episode sixth season. But as fans of the show know, the mantra since season two has been “Six Seasons and a Movie,” and that hashtag movement is part of the groundswell of support the hardcore fans have given the show throughout its improbable life thus far.
There were said to be “discussions” had about how Sony Pictures Television could go about creating a “Community” movie after the sixth season ended, and in a new interview with THR, SPTV president of programming and production Zack Van Amburg elaborated on those plans when asked about a potential seventh season of the show:
I don’t know, let’s see how our movie does! Isn’t that our plan? There’s no way we’re not making the movie now! I think once we make the movie, let’s look up and decide how much more Community the world wants. We promised six seasons and a movie, how much more do you want?! [Laughs.]…I’d be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it. It’s early but it’s completely in our thought process.
A few other important tidbits from the THR piece: Yesterday, I heard that the new season of “Community” would debut on Yahoo sometime in 2015, but apparently that’s not the case. THR claims it will debut sometime this fall. I’m not entirely sure how that makes sense; there was a lot of seemingly confident talk yesterday that all of the episodes of the new season would be released at the same time, but if they haven’t even started production on them yet, it seems unlikely that they’d be able to get 13 episodes in the can in two or three months. Stranger things have happened, I guess, but we’ll have to see how that part plays out. In addition, the original NBC run of “Community” will still be available for streaming on Hulu, and the new Yahoo content will be an entirely separate thing when it comes to streaming availability.
I’m guessing the movie will end up being something like the Veronica Mars film: a relatively low budget passion project that the fans will love and most other people will barely acknowledge. But I think as long as Dan Harmon is writing it and the cast is on board, “Community” fans won’t give a damn who else likes it, because they can be sure that it’ll be made specifically for them. It’s unsure whether the movie will be streamed on Yahoo or get a theatrical release, but it sounds like – finally – fans are actually going to get their wish of #SixSeasonsAndAMovie. Pop pop!
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