Good news for the six people left who care about Community!
Community has done it, beating the odds and overcoming a cancellation to score a sixth-season order. After a couple of weeks of negotiations, series producer Sony Pictures TV has closed a deal with Yahoo for 13 new episodes to air this fall on Yahoo Screen.
In a statement, Community creator Dan Harmon says, "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online." Which, one would assume, is intended as an anti-NBC snap. But at some point, that's going to be true, isn't it? Netflix and Amazon and the other streamers haven't released any information about viewership of their Original Streaming Content™, but they've got to be getting right up there with the big three networks. Still, I'm not a huge fan of having to go to all these different platforms to watch shows that I like or am interested in trying. (What the fuck is a Playstation Network?)
But in artistic terms, wouldn't it just be better to let Community die? I'm sure there will be a lot of self-aware jokes about the Yahoo transition, but with a smaller budget (I assume) and without Donald Glover (I presume), I'm having a hard time imagining this show as destination television. I'll tune in to the first episode—if I can figure out where to go to watch it—but unless this show is something that can only work in a digital format, it's just going to be a copy of a copy, drifting into digital nothingness.