Our spirits over 'Community''s untimely fifth season cancellation were lifted by the notion that Hulu had entered early talks for a sixth season of the Greendale gang, but as was the case with similar fan-favorite 'Happy Endings' before it, no news is decidedly not good news. Now, series creator Dan Harmon has given an update on the Hulu negotiations that won't inspire many feelings of confidence.
The pain of 'Community''s recent cancellation continually lingers, but who couldn't use something to make it hurt even more? Amid the cult and critical favorite's many genre episodes, we've learned that the NBC comedy had long attempted to bring to light a 'Back to the Future'-themed concept episode at the insistence of departed cast member Donald Glover, though a notable snag prevented the episode from moving forward.
HBO proved a bit cagey in confirming that 'True Detective' had any involvement from Jessica Chastain, but another critically-acclaimed HBO series isn't hesitating to scoop up a fan-favorite actress. Fresh off the 'Community' cancellation, 'Girls' season 4 has added Gillian Jacobs to Britta Lena Dunham's life in a mysterious recurring role.
Whether or not 'Community' fans found themselves surprised by NBC's recent season 5 cancellation, few would argue that series creator Dan Harmon's subsequent ambivalence toward another revival attempt proved somewhat unnerving. Now, in his usual fashion, Harmon has gone on the record in his own blog to set straight his feelings on continuing 'Community,' and the bizarre system of TV green lights around it.
We weren't quite so devastated by 'Community''s recent cancellation as with others in passing, given that we'd expect a number of outlets to jump at the chance to help fulfill the "Six Seasons and a Movie" mantra, but it seems we can officially cross Netflix off the list. What's more, series creator, showrunner and savior Dan Harmon has opened up with a more public statement on the cancellation of the eternally bubbled comedy.
Well, this feels familiar. 'Community' astonishingly gravitated closer and closer to its "Six Seasons and a Movie" mantra, particularity when season 5 saw acclaimed showrunner Dan Harmon return to the fold, but NBC has at long last called it quits. 'Community' has officially been canceled, according to the network, but will the Greendale Gang go on?
Logical as it might seem for NBC to bite the bullet on one more shortened season of 'Community' to reach its "six seasons and a movie" mantra, fans of Dan Harmon's eternally-bubbling series may be in for a rude awakening. Writer-producer Chris McKenna has cryptically tweeted that 'Community' is "dead," preparing fans for the notion that NBC may not include the series among its ongoing renewals.
UPDATE: NBC has officially announced that 'Community' has indeed been canceled.
A few days ago, I was offered an interview with Gillian Jacobs -- who is promoting her new film, the Elizabeth Banks comedy, 'Walk of Shame.' "Sure," I said, because I've always enjoyed Jacobs' work on 'Community.' Then I asked, When can I see the movie?” At that time, there weren’t any screenings scheduled, and unfortunately, there wasn't enough time to set up a new one, so I went into this interview not knowing much more than what was available in the trailer. So, not much, unfortunately.
I debated between faking my way though, or just being honest. I went with the honest approach. So, we tried our best -- but, in reality, we were just two strangers on the phone with not that much to talk about. Sure, we tried to engage in small talk -- we really did -- the weather was even brought up at one point, which is not the best sign that you're doing a good job at keeping another person's attention. I brought up 'Community,' in passing. And, you know what, there were were a couple of interesting moments -- we even shared a couple of laughs! Then, we said our goodbyes, hung up the phone, and went on with our lives. A life, in which for me, still exists without seeing 'Walk of Shame.' Someday, I will see 'Walk of Shame' and someday all of this will make sense.