Sony Entertainment Television has closed a deal to pick up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the third season of NBC’s comedy series Community. The show’s 22 episode third season is currently scheduled to premiere in May.
Created by Dan Harmon, Community follows the exploits of a group of students at the Greendale Community College. At the heart of the group is Jeff Winger, a fast-talking lawyer whose blossoming career nosedives when his degree is revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group, an unlikely crew who eventually learn a lot more about themselves than they ever will their course work. The series stars Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover and Ken Jeong. Community is currently airing its fourth season on NBC in the United States.
Sony Entertainment Television’s acquisition of the third season of Community comes after the broadcaster picked up the UK rights to the show’s second season last year. The first season of Community was originally broadcast in the UK by MTV’s Viva channel in 2010, however the channel had remained silent about whether or not they would broadcast the show’s second season. Then, in February 2012, TVWise broke the news that Viva had no intention of acquiring the rights to the second season of the series, effectively leaving Community without a UK broadcaster before Sony Entertainment Television came into the picture.
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