Because television is no longer confined to … television, NBC’s low-rated, recently canceled comedy “Community” will get to fulfill the first part of its #sixseasonsandamovie promise in the place where it actually thrived: the Internet.
Yahoo, a Web portal best distinguished by having a name you should yodel, ordered a 13-episode sixth season that most fans — myself included — had assumed was as dead as Chevy Chase’s Pierce Hawthorne.
Yahoo Screen’s surprise pick-up not only fits with the series’ absurd humor (and behind-the-scenes drama), but makes sense for all parties involved. Once-fired, then-rehired creator Dan Harmon gets to keep making his show; fans who turned “Community” into an endless stream of GIFs and Internet comments get to keep watching — no TV set required; and Yahoo gains a foothold in the streaming-content arms race against Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video.
Behind all the meta-humor, “Community” is about a group of misfits becoming a family in an unlikely place. It’s a sentiment that makes this move all the more fitting.
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