Community is staying put on linear television in the UK.
Sony Entertainment Television has picked up the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the upcoming sixth season of the former NBC comedy after agreeing a deal with sister company Sony Pictures Television, TVWise has learned.
Community, which has been a key title for Sony Entertainment Television since 2012, follows the exploits of a group of students at the Greendale Community College. The series stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong.
The 13 episode sixth season is poised to be one of change. In addition to being the first to air state-side on nascent streaming service Yahoo Screen rather than NBC, it will also be the first not to feature Yvette Nicole Brown, who exited due to personal reasons. To fill the void, Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Keith David have joined the cast as new regulars.
This new deal with Sony Pictures Television, which enabled Sony Entertainment Television to retain the UK rights to Community, finally resolves the question of who would air the sixth season in the UK. Said question has been lingering for the better part of six months; ever since streaming service Yahoo Screen revived the cult comedy after NBC dropped the ax.
At the time of that revival it was not immediately clear if Yahoo Screen would air the series globally, as Netflix does with their original series, or if Sony Pictures Television would continue to license the show to traditional broadcasters across the globe.
The sixth season of Community will premiere on Sony Entertainment Television on Wednesday March 18th at 10:05pm – less than 24 hours behind the broadcast on Yahoo Screen in the US.