Community isn’t dead yet. At least that’s what Yahoo is saying after being compelled to respond to quotes from series star Joel McHale in a just-out magazine interview that the series is finished for good after its sixth season wrapped last month on the streaming service. “We’ve seen tremendous value in our partnership with Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community,” Yahoo said in its statement today.
That’s a bit different from McHale’s take. When asked in the Metro Weekly interview whether there would be more of the series, he replied: “They wanted to. But all of our contracts were up after six years. All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly, and it’s out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you’re not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.”
The Season 6 finale may have felt like a series finale, but after it dropped June 2 conversations continued between Yahoo and Sony TV for more episodes. Neither side would comment at the time, thought Yahoo as now left the door open, saying. “With the season six finale of Community airing today, we’re continually excited by how much fans are engaging with the series. Now that all episodes are available for binge viewing, stay tuned for how we keep Community delighting its fans.”
NBC cancelled the cult comedy in May 2014 after five seasons — most of which were touch-and-go anyway for the Dan Harmon-created comedy, which usually faced last-minute pickups owing to low ratings (and less than favorable time slots) that kept cast and fans’ palms sweating. Sony Pictures TV the next month closed the Yahoo for 13 new episodes.