Some huge surprise news coming from the television world on Monday afternoon as Yahoo! has picked up the cult hit series ‘Community’ for a sixth season. After NBC declined to renew the show for a sixth season, many were skeptical about possibility of the show continuing on another network or outlet.
But, alas, the 13-episode season was picked up just hours before all of the actors deals were set to expire and will debut online this fall. If nothing else, it’s certainly a big splash for Yahoo!’s move into the TV market.
Creator Dan Harmon and producer Chris McKenna, who returned to the show for season 5 after a year away, will stick around. The regular cast from the end of last season — Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash — will all return. Donald Glover left midway through last season, and Jonathan Banks (who was a guest star for most of season 5) will be otherwise occupied with AMC’s “Better Call Saul.”
“I am very pleased that ‘Community’ will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “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, ‘Bang Bus!”