Deadline have reported that Hulu are in active talks with Sony Pictures TV to give Community a sixth season and a brand new home. Earlier this month the cult sitcom was cancelled by NBC but whispers of a potential revival online were already doing the rounds.
Hulu own the online exclusive rights to Community’s existing episodes so it is ideally situated to commission new episodes. Original content is a big part of Hulu’s plan over the next year and Community comes with a prepackaged audience which would do wonders to boost their number of subscribers.
After years off-air Netflix brought the Bluths back with a fourth season of Arrested Development, some fans didn’t respond to the new style of their beloved show and didn’t like the split narrative. Although not as strong as the previous three seasons, the new episodes still retained the core elements we loved about the series even if all the characters weren’t onscreen together at the same time for much of it. Naturally the move from network television to online comes with its own challenges, but it would certainly allow Dan Harmon the creative freedom to make the show on his own terms. Following the aftermath of the cancellation, Harmon made comments on his podcast and explained in detail on his blog some of his thoughts about the possibility for revival.
“I will confess, however, that when Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the “eh” column. For a million reasons, some selfish, some creative, one logistic, five sexual, three racist (in a good way) and, oddly, nine isometric… 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. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community.
At this stage it is too early to tell if the discussions will lead to a deal, but of all the streaming/on demand services to pick Community up Hulu are top of the pile. Should talks to prove fruitful then I’m sure Netflix are next on the list.