Yahoo! to air sixth season of Community

1 Jul 2014

To the delight of die-hard fans everywhere, the hit US TV show Community is to return to screens, this time through Yahoo!’s new TV service, Yahoo! Screen.

Broadcast by NBC in the US, the show was recently cancelled after its fifth season last May. Community’s future had also been discussed, regarding whether its cult-like following might lead to an online-only broadcaster, such as Netflix and Hulu, picking up the programme in a similar manner to another cult classic, Arrested Development, which aired its fourth season on Netflix last year.

The show’s creator Dan Harmon said Community is looking to take full advantage of the show’s popularity online.

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo!,” he said.

“I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition.”

This isn’t the first time the show has been saved from cancellation. NBC announced it was giving Community the axe after Season 3, but fan pressure got the show it re-instated for another two seasons.

Now it seems Yahoo! is making its claim for the series, with the new season expected to feature 13 episodes to be released on a weekly basis this autumn, much like traditional TV.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic