‘Community’ Canceled After Five Seasons
NBC’s Community has been canceled after concluding its fifth seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The cult comedy, which had its fair share of ups and downs in the past, will not be picked up again.
Showrunner Dan Harmon, who was fired from the show Season 4 but brought back after devoted fans complained that the show had lost its unique voice, tweeted his gratitude and thanked viewers for their support through the years.
Twitter isn’t big enough to hold my condolences and more importantly my gratitude to the best fans, cast and crew in TV history. Excelsior.
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) May 9, 2014
Previously, both Harmon and the cast had been vocal about the possibility of a sixth season. During PaleyFest in March, actor Joel McHale joked, “We know there’s going to be a sixth season or else you’ll probably show up with pitchforks and torches.” Harmon also said that the only thing weirder than getting a sixth season “would be not getting a sixth season.”
“Well, it started as a throwaway joke,” she said of the #SixSeasonsAndAMovie campaign. “In our second season, the character Abed was obsessed with a show that Joel McHale’s character said was going to get cancelled after, you know, four episodes. And Abed shot back like ‘Six seasons and a movie!’ meaning that’s the benchmark of success.”
“The fans of our show really just latched onto it from that episode and turned it into a hashtag and then that hashtag kind of took on a life of its own and it became a real rallying cry for the show and now sort of our goal,” she said. “It would sort of be incredible. I don’t know how often a throwaway joke on the second season of a TV show can turn into a movie, but it would be kind of amazing if it did!”
Damn. So close.