Yahoo Screen has picked up a sixth season of the cult comedy series Community, which was cancelled by NBC back in May. The online video service has picked up 13 episodes for season six, which is expected to launch this Fall.
Created by Dan Harmon, Community follows the exploits of a group of students at the Greendale Community College. The comedy series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong. The executive producers are Russ Krasnoff and Dan Harmon, both of whom are staying with the series for season six.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said Dan 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!”
The cancelation of Community last month took many by surprise, especially as the fifth season, which saw creator Dan Harmon return to the production, grew its audience compared to season four. It was shortly after NBC pulled the plug on Community that Sony Pictures Television began searching for a new home, engaging in talks with a number of potential suitors.
One such suitor was Hulu, who looked like they might reach a deal with SPT before pulling out last week. Today’s deal with Yahoo Screen comes at the eleventh hour, as the options on the cast expired today. With the revival the comedy series looks set to fulfil a mantra uttered by fans for the past couple of years “six seasons and a movie”.