Three days after his star Joel McHale fell flat at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Community” executive producer Chris McKenna waxed pessimistic about his perennially on-the-bubble NBC show’s chances for a pickup.

 

The show’s season finale aired April 17 and logged a 1.0 demo rating and 2.9 million viewers.  For the season, the series’ averaged a 1.5 demo rating, which was down 1/10thcommunity from last season, and its total viewers haul grew from previous season’s 3.5 million to 3.7 million this most recently wrapped season. That said, there are not too many timeslots in which there would be a discussion about renewal with these numbers —  but Community went head-to-head against CBS ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Dan Harmon, who was brought back to the series, spoke about a possible sixth season for the show, at PaleyFest. Harmon said back then it’s conceivable the cult comedy could have a future via new VOD models such as Netflix and Hulu should the Peacock not include it as part of its 2014-2015 season. “I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in the fridge,” Harmon said about NBC’s silence about a renewal. “We’ll find out when the network is the hungriest.” Harmon said he’s heard “whispers from dark corners” about the possibility of Community, produced by Sony, being resurrected through a streaming format, should NBC completely deep-six the comedy series. And, this morning, McKenna seemed to be more optimistic about a pick-up:

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