Community fans can breathe a big sigh of relief.
The cult comedy series has been picked up for a sixth season by Yahoo Screen, the VOD division of Yahoo. This comes almost two months after the show was cancelled by NBC after a long battle with poor ratings despite critical praise and a loyal fan following. Yahoo Screen will begin streaming the sixth season this fall, consisting of 13 new episodes.
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash are confirmed to be returning, along with creator Dan Harmon, who recently cast doubt about the show being saved. They all hope that it will find a bigger audience online than it did on conventional airwaves. Harmon also points out that this brings Community closer to its promise of “six seasons and a movie,” although it’s unclear if Yahoo plans to bring the show to the big screen.
Community isn’t the first show to cheat death. Others like The Killing and Arrested Development have also been revived by online mediums. They failed to connected with audiences on television, but the ‘watch anytime’ format of subscription-based online streaming is more forgiving to niche programming. Other streaming giants like Netflix and Hulu were rumoured to be interested in saving the show, and the move by Yahoo Screen could be seen as an indication that Yahoo hopes to create more original content in the future.