Troy and Abed in the Internet. (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)
Six seasons and a streaming, straight-to-web film: "Community" is back from the dead - on Yahoo.
After five rocky seasons, buffeted by poor ratings, behind-the-scenes drama, and the firing and rehiring of creator Dan Harmon, "Community" was finally axed by NBC this spring. Luckily, it's 2014, when losing a spot on a network just means it's time to go shopping for a shiny new online platform. "Community" found one in Yahoo, which has picked up a sixth 13-episode season of the beloved weirdo comedy.
Yahoo announced the news via their Tumblr, because they also own Tumblr, because, like the weird rich kid in middle school, they are trying to become popular by buying up everything that's cool. Like the weird rich kid, it'll probably work. I was only vaguely aware that Yahoo was even in the TV business until this news broke, and now I'm already wondering if there's room on my iPad for a Yahoo app.
Dan Harmon, who will return as executive producer, expressed his joy and gratitude the only way he knows: With a swipe at NBC.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said Harmon. “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!”
If "Community"'s history is any indication, "Bang Bus" will probably trounce them in the ratings.