Streaming service Hulu is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures Television to revive the recently cancelled NBC comedy series Community.
Created by Dan Harmon, Community follows the exploits of a group of students at the Greendale Community College. Across its five seasons the comedy series starred Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong.
Per Deadline, the talks are in the very preliminary stages and, while both sides are optimistic, it is unclear if a deal can be reached to pick up a sixth season of the comedy series from Dan Harmon and SPT. The news of the negotiations comes less than three weeks after NBC pulled the plug on the comedy series, despite the fact that it pulled in stronger rating than Parks and Recreation – which was renewed for the 2014-2015 season.
If the deal comes together, it will be Hulu’s first major move into original programming – an area in which they have been largely overshadowed by VOD competitors Amazon Prime and Netflix. Such a deal for a sixth season of Community had been hinted at by series creator Dan Harmon for some time, even before the comedy was cancelled.
VOD platforms such as Hulu and Netflix have become the last resort whenever the networks cancel a series. Its rare that talks ever reach a conclusion and more often than not are just that – talk. In the past, Netflix had expressed interest in new seasons of Terra Nova and The River, while Amazon had been in talks for a second season of Pan Am; none of which came to fruition. The only series to have been recently cancelled a subsequently find a second life on a VOD platform is the AMC/FTVS drama The Killing, which returns for its final season on Netflix on August 1st.