Dan Harmon, who gave us Community on NBC, now has a reason to bring the class back in session. Stepping in the last moment to save the show, Yahoo! renewed Community, the coolest community college TV ever had, due to public demand. After all, most fans cannot forget the untimely death of Community after two of its stars left and NBC pulled the plug on it due to low ratings.
Hollywood Reporter, reported that Yahoo! stepped in at the last-minute to resurrect the show that is quite popular among cable TV viewers, after it started to lose steam recently. With a reboot from Yahoo! on the horizon, Dan Harmon will bring back Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi and Jim Rash; hopefully bringing John Oliver and Jonathan Banks, worthy replacements to Danny Glover and Chevy Chase.
After unceremoniously dropping the show in May, the fan favorite on NBC looked like they were about to call Hulu their home. Harmon who vowed to beat out its biggest competitor The Big Bang Theory, was unsure if Hulu was the right place for a reboot. With Yahoo! stepping in to renew the show, the cast of Community join other shows like Bridesmaids and Smallville from executive producers like Paul Feig and Mike Tomlin.
Harmon promised that he would not be the guy who re-cancelled a reboot of Community in his blog post following the official cancellation from NBC. Expressing his skepticism over a potential revival of the show for a new season, following low ratings, Harmon called the effort a difficult one wanting fans to be prepared for the challenges ahead. Relief and glee were visible on Harmon’s face on Monday as he announced that Community would return for the sixth season as it planned earlier. In a statement, Harmon looked forward to dominate the competition and bring a newer and larger audience to the show by smartly moving it online.
Joel McHale, who leads the cast in his lead role as Jeff Winger, tweeted “#SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real.” The actor thanked Sony, Yahoo!, Dan Harmon, and the fans too. His excitement at the announcement of moving the show online was evident as he praised the fans, the internet and used the f-word, after all, according to him they were not really on TV anymore, but on the internet now.
Kathy Savitt, Yahoo!’s chief marketing officer, a big fan of the show explained why Yahoo! decided to step in. In a bid to outdo Google, she mentioned that Yahoo! was the best place to reboot Community, as people consumed various kinds of digital content. The story of Community, Savitt said, was the greatest example of how a story connected with its audience and why they deserved the platform for the newest season. She also mentioned that the fan base who used digital media to express their passion and advocated the reboot were also a reason why Yahoo! renewed Community to air online for a while now. Savitt did not really divulge any information about Yahoo!’s involvement in the production of the sixth season of Community, which plans to air 13 episodes this fall.
By Rathan Paul Harshavardan