In a world void of Community movie updates, ABC’s Dr. Ken has steadily drawn headlines with Ken Jeong inviting former Greendale students and teachers for mini-reunions. That prospect will get even weirder with series creator Dan Harmon and star Alison Brie, as the already-meta Community gets its own meta-return.
Long before Yahoo Screen swooped in for a sixth season of Community, prevailing thought had Hulu continuing the Greendale Gang’s adventures fulltime, given their exclusive rights to the first five seasons. That time obviously passed, but a new deal finally puts all six seasons available to stream on Hulu. Hashtag #OneDayTheMovieToo?
It was hard to get a read on Donald Glover in his Community exit, as the increasingly-esoteric star seemed to lean more toward his Childish Gambino career at the time. Now, as Glover heads back to TV for FX’s Atlanta, the erstwhile Troy Barnes says it’s good that his Community time came to an end, just like Donald Trump will. Look, it got dark.
Near the entire cast of Community has found steady gigs since the ages-ago “cancellation” off Yahoo Screen, but as the old mantra demands, we still need “a movie” to follow “six seasons and.” Creator Dan Harmon tells Larry King he’s confident it’ll happen one day, but hasn’t started a script, for fear of two distinctly saddening scenarios.
Sure, Community may have been canceled once, and seemingly bankrupted the streaming platform that gave it a second chance at life, and all its actors have moved on to … where was I going? Oh! Well, whatever Greendale’s future may hold, bid the Community gang one final (ish) farewell with the Season 6 DVD’s gag reel.
The dissolution of Yahoo’s “Screen” streaming service pretty-well confirmed that hope for Community Season 7 was lost (granted, costing Yahoo $42 million before that was a clue), but if anything about the erstwhile NBC comedy remains constant, it’s hope for the future. Official DVD art for the March release has arrived, teasing that Season 6 may not be the last after all.
In earnest, the last-minute rescue of Community Season 6 preceded immediate confusion that Yahoo even had an outlet for original content, let alone where to find “Yahoo Screen.” Now, the ailing corporation confirms that Screen is no more, in case you needed another gut punch that Community may have seen its last days.
Six seasons and a mini-reunion? We wouldn’t recommend holding your breath for news of another Community season, or the long-awaited movie, but series star Ken Jeong at least found a place for some of the Greendale Gang. Both Joel McHale and Danny Pudi will drop by their fellow alumnus’ ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, and things might get meta from there.
Streets way, way behind. If ever we had doubts that Yahoo would continue Community into a seventh year after its Season 6 rescue from NBC, the Greendale Gang is going, going, gone now. A new report suggests that Yahoo’s venture into original programming lost the corporation an astounding $42 million, with Community and two others fingered as the culprits.
We’ve been through this drill before; one comment or another from cast and crew placing the future of Community in jeopardy, at least until another urges not to lose hope. That said, creator Dan Harmon now calls chances “bleak” after the comedy’s main Yahoo supporter left the company for another job.