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Joel McHale Says “Community” is Dead

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It looks like #sixseasonsandamovie might not be happening. Greendale and the crew are done according to star Joel McHale. He told Metro Weekly, that “Community” was dead, at least in its current television form. Here’s the relevant exchange:

MW: Is it getting another season on Yahoo?McHALE: No. They wanted to. But all of our contracts were up after six years. All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.

The show is dead but fans are hopeful the movie could still happen. Dan Harmon, the creator of “Community” has previously told EW that he wouldn’t write a script for a movie until he “missed” the show. Harmon left the show after season three following a feud with Chevy Chase (and NBC), but returned for seasons five and six.

 

Despite being a beloved cult hit show, “Community” was in constant danger of being canceled furing the five seasons it ran on NBC. After its first cancellation on NBC, Yahoo picked it up for the 6th and final season earlier this year.

No word yet on whether Harmon is eyeing a movie but fans surely are already campaigning with the famous #sixseasonsandamovie slogan created by one of the shows characters in an earlier season.

“Rick and Morty” Season 2 Trailer!

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“Rick and Morty” is one of those shows that is the best kind of ridiculous. It is hilarious and clever and season 2 has just released a trailer that promises even more outrageous and absurd.

The series comes from Adult Swim, which is resposible for a ton of avant-garde shows lately but “Rick and Morty” is an animated series that deserves your attention. The science fiction cartoon series features the voice talents of Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke, Andy Daly and more. Co-creator of the series, Justin Roiland, has also confirmed that Season Two will feature voicework from guest stars Jim Rash, Stephen Colbert and Werner Herzog.

While season 1 had 11 episodes, season 2 will have only 10 episodes.

“Rick and Morty” will premiere the second season on Sunday, July 26 at 11:30 p.m. EST on Adult Swim. You can watch the trailer below:

Community Season 6 Premiere Date Announced

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“Community” season 6, the resurrected tv series courtesy of Yahoo, finally has a premiere date. The upcoming season will air the first two episodes on Yahoo! on March 17, with a new episode every Tuesday after that.

The show was created by Dan Harmon for NBC before it was cancelled after season 5 after cancellation was threatened for several years. Season 6 will see the return of series stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Allison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong.

Harmon was asked whether the season on Yahoo! would be the show’s final season (again) and Harmon responded that he’s “definitely not writing it as if it’s the end.” Harmon also revealed that each new episode would be less of a theme per episode and rather it would be “just a bunch of Community-themed episodes.” The loss of Shirley, played by Yvette Nicole Brown who announced she would not return for season 6, will be explored in the first episode.

“This show has learned how to survive like a pine tree. We retain moisture.” He then went on to joke that “it’ll be weird when we get canceled by the Internet and just become a roving band of improvising street performers.”

Joel McHale Never Doubted Revival Chances of “Community”

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When it was down to the last few hours, many people had given up on the idea that “Community” would be revived. But one of the stars of the series, Joel McHale says he never gave up.

McHale said,

“I had no doubt we would be back. Much like a Japanese general in World War II, the only option was victory or suicide. As I’ve said a lot, I love the show. I know most of you watch on tiny little screens and now we’re on one. F— you network television!”

Other stars of the series seemed to love the show just as dearly as McHale did. Gillian Jacobs revealed that she cried when she found out it was canceled originally.

“I definitely shed a tear when we were canceled. I cried in my car. I didn’t want to let go of the show, because I think there are a few times in your life where you get to work on something as groundbreaking … and heartbreaking as this show.”

Thanks to Yahoo! Screen, SixSeasonsandaMovie is on its way to becoming a reality. Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna announced that the 6th season will release in the traditional format with each of the 13 episodes releasing on a weekly basis. They haven’t revealed when we can expect the new season to premiere.

Community Gets Sixth Season On Yahoo – Be Jubilant!

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It was down to the wire, but “Community” has been revived for a sixth season on Yahoo Screen! The cast’s contracts were set to expire tonight at midnight so the show had to be renewed today at the latest and thankfully Yahoo came to the rescue.

Show creator Dan Harmon and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong have all agreed to be involved in the sixth season.

“Community” Season 6 on Yahoo Screen will consist of 13 episodes being released all at once. One step closer to #SixSeasonsAndaMovie.

Harmon released a statement,

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

McHale also commented,

“‘The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the Internet. We can swear now.”

Yahoo CMO Kathy Savitt knows a good move when she sees it. She said,

“Yahoo is all about connecting the best creators to the audiences who love their work. ‘Community’ has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dan, Joel, and the entire cast, as well as Sony, to deliver a great season 6.”

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Dan Harmon Confirms Talks With Hulu to Revive Community

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Every day “Community” fans wonder if the show will be revived as we religiously check the news outlets for any new information. This week at least we learned that show creator, Dan Harmon, confirmed that he is in discussions with Hulu about bringing the series back with the subscription based service.

Here comes the bad news. Harmon still seems to think the chances are pretty slim.

“What I can’t say and what I’m pretty cynical about, just because I think it’s better to be pessimistic and be pleasantly surprised, is that they could make anything happen,” says Harmon, “It’s a big cast full of talented people with a lot of options. And when all that is done, you’d have to make a deal with me and I wouldn’t want to do it without (writer producer Chris) McKenna.”

Harmon explains that part of his cynicism comes from the losses the show has already experienced such as the exists of Donald Glover (Troy) and Chevy Chase (Pierce.) But hey they gained John Oliver and Jonathan Banks, that’s got to count for something right? Harmon also mentions that there is no guarantee that the entire cast would return for a sixth season.

Even worse is that Harmon doesn’t even seem sad about the cancellation of “Community” back in May after it’s fifth season.

“It didn’t really impact me in any huge way. I breathed a sigh of relief that it was all over. And then I had moments when I said ‘Wow, it’s really over and that’s a huge bummer.’”

So, “Community” fans, the question is, do we want the show to return when the creator’s heart really doesn’t seem to be in it?

“Community” May Be Revived for Sixth Season at Hulu

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Could #SixSeasonsAndAMovie actually happen? According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Dan Harmon is in talks with Hulu to bring “Community” back for another season.

“Community” already fares very well on the streaming service with the series ranking as one of the site’s best performing TV series.

“You can’t get to six seasons and a movie without six seasons,” Sony Pictures Television co-president Jamie Erlicht told THR on May 14, a week after NBC canceled the series. “We, more than any other studios, fight for shows that we believe in. This show had a remarkable history. There are real conversations we need to have with everyone as soon as we get back. We’ve been on the receiving end of some phone calls, but we really need to get together with the Community team and have real conversations and figure out the future. If there’s any show that should have a future or could have a future, it really feels like Community is the one.”

SPT co-president Zack Van Amburg added,

“If Dan Harmon feels that this is the darkest timeline, then we’ll figure out very quickly how to turn that around. So we need to get to our partner and we’ve had some really interesting conversations and a few incoming phone calls, which was really nice.”

Despite the fact that Harmon initially seemed rather “eh” about the show moving onto a new home, he has admitted that he “won’t be lukewarm” about a revival should it become a serious conversation. “I said ‘eh’ on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a ‘sure, let’s talk’ on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing,” he wrote. “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels canceled Community.”

It should be noted that the powers at me are merely in talks which is WAY different than negotiations. But let us hope that “talks” evolves into “negotiations” over the next few weeks.

What is the Future for Community After Cancellation?

After the collective lives of humanity were worsened by the news that NBC cancelled “Community,” rumors began swirling that maybe there was another way to bring the show back.

According to a report from Deadline, there are unfortunately no plans to shop the series around to other outlets. Even further, series creator Dan Harmon is ready to move on to his next projects which includes season 2 of “Rick and Morty.”

Right now, “Community” is available on Hulu and is in syndication on Comedy Central. The streaming deal with Hulu is one roadblock that keeps the show from continuing on another streaming service like Netflix.

Harmon commented on the cancellation saying,

“I was on my way to LAX, and somebody from Sony called me [about the cancellation]. Listen, the fans of that show have more reason to be upset than I do. I can go create another show. And also I got paid. The people that are most devastated are people that put unpaid labor into the show. Like, ‘I’m hash-tagging this, I’m getting a tattoo of this, I love this show,’ they didn’t get compensated for it. They had a relationship with the show.”

Rick and Morty Renewed for a Second Season

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Adult Swim has officially announced that the original comedy animated series, “Rick and Morty,” has been renewed for a second season. The incredibly odd series follows a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

But “Community” creator, Dan Harmon, is behind the insane series, so… not really surprising.

“I am excited to make as much Rick and Morty as Adult Swim allows, and I’m relieved to be in a time slot of no strategic value to CBS,” said co-creator and executive producer Harmon.

co-creator and executive producer Justin Roiland added,

“I am humbled and super excited by the positive response to the show, and we have no shortage of ideas for future episodes.”

After missing for nearly 20 years, Rick Sanchez (Roiland) suddenly arrives at his daughter Beth’s (Sarah Chalke) doorstep looking to move in with her and her family. Beth welcomes him with open arms, but her unremarkable husband Jerry (Chris Parnell) isn’t too thrilled about the tearful reunion as Rick’s arrival serves to shake things up quite a bit around the household. Rick converts the garage into his personal laboratory and gets to work on all sorts of dangerous sci-fi gadgets and contraptions. That wouldn’t be so bad if not for the fact that Rick continues to involve his grandchildren Morty (also Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammer) in his insane adventures.

“Rick and Morty” is produced by Starburns Industries. It currently airs on Adult Swim on Mondays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT as one of the network’s first primetime original shows.

Community Season 5 Trailer Now Online!

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Dan Harmon is returning to “Community” for season 5 and all is right again in TV Land. The season will contain 13 episodes, and features the return of series creator Harmon as show runner. “Community” will debut on January 2, 2014 on NBC on Thursdays.

Season 5 will not feature original cast member Chevy Chase, who left the series near the end of the fourth season by mutual agreement between the actor and network. Donald Glover, who portrays Troy Barnes, will only appear in five of the thirteen episodes. However, “Breaking Bad” actor Jonathan Banks will appear in 11 of the season’s 13 episodes as criminology professor Buzz Hickey.  Corddry will reprise his role as lawyer Alan Connor in the season premiere. Walton Goggins will guest star in an episode as a mysterious man named Mr. Stone, “with a dangerous accusation, a tantalizing offer and a devious plan that will change the group forever.” John Oliver, who played Professor Duncan throughout the first two seasons, will reprise his role in season 5, for a nine episode arc.

Other guest stars in the season will include Vince GilliganMitchell HurwitzTim HeideckerEric WareheimBrie LarsonNathan FillionRobert PatrickPaget BrewsterKumail NanjianiKatie Leclerc, and Ben FoldsDavid Cross will guest star in an episode that serves as a sequel to season 2’s “Advanced Dungeons & Dragons”, he will play Hank Hickey, the estranged son of Professor Hickey.

In honor of the upcoming season 5 premiere, watch this amazingly epic Lord of the Rings/Hobbit-inspired extended trailer: