My only regret is that I can’t do the “Troy and Abed on the internet!” joke since Donald Glover won’t be back.
Community, which ran for five seasons and on borrowed time for seemingly all of them, has been renewed for one last season. (We think, though no one would say definitively in the reports we’ve seen.) Yahoo! Screen is picking up the series for a 13-episode sixth season, and is apparently interested in wrapping up the show’s “Six Seasons and a Movie” meme. NBC Universal and Sony will continue to produce the show.
The show’s budget will apparently remain comparable with Season 5 of the show, which is key for getting fans to buy in. Also huge: mercurial creator Dan Harmon is back, as is second-in-command Chris McKenna, and the entire main cast from the end of last season (Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash).
Chevy Chase (whose character is dead), Donald Glover (who left midway through last season) and Jonathan Banks (who has Better Call Saul) will not return, while nothing was said about John Oliver, who played a recurring role in Season 5.
I am a pretty diehard Community fan. I’ve seen every episode, even through the show’s widely, rightly derided Harmon-less Season 4. I felt Season 5 had a really excellent start (i.e., the first eight or nine episodes) before really running out of gas by the end, with a pretty forgettable finale. I can totally understand how those not converted (or even those who are) to the show’s idiosyncrasies (and more importantly, Harmon’s) are Sick. Of. Hearing. About. It.
That said, Season 5 was good enough — with a lot of episodes a striking reminder of the show’s relevance and influence under Harmon — that I think they deserve a chance to wrap it up. Whether it’s this season (which we presumably won’t even see until the beginning of 2015 at earliest) or the still incredibly, possibly in the cards season and a movie, Harmon and the excellent cast’s work bought them a chance to land the plane after one of the bumpiest rides in television history.