This is truly an eleventh hour shocker. Community has been picked up by Yahoo Screen for a 13 episode 6th season. Yahoo has cited Community’s “incredibly passionate and loyal fan base” as one of the reasons it picked up the show. Dan Harmon said “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!” All current cast members are expected to return.
This will almost undoubtedly be one of Yahoo’s largest shows to date (as I had never even heard of the service until a few hours ago, and apparently one of their biggest draws is the day-after showing of Saturday Night Live), although of course it remains to be seen if Community addicts will tune in as faithfully online. I bet they will, but we unfortunately can’t just count on it. However, series moving from one network to another have good track records, as only the most viable usually make it. It would be an even larger shocker if the show did manage to increase its audience, as it is essentially moving to a smaller natural market (not the internet silly, Yahoo Screen in particular is a small service).
For those who are also confused about the difference between Yahoo TV and Yahoo Screen, do not worry. There isn’t one. It is a simple name change.
This news come after Community was not only canceled by NBC but was not picked up by Hulu, who admitted that it was extremely popular with Hulu and Hulu Plus viewers but did not feel they could make an adequate return on their investment. Their loss I suppose, as this cult-hit has proven that it has not only a large fan base, but one of the most dedicated (dare I say fanatical) of all TV shows. On the negative side, Yahoo has a confusing interface that needs to be cleaned up, but I suppose we can’t have everything.
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