[UPDATE: There's now a conflicting report from TheWrap, which reports that Hulu is still in talks with Sony Pictures TV. Their source does back up TVLine's claim that another party has also shown in making Season 6.]
When Community first premiered in 2009, it seemed doomed to become a one-and-done. But in defiance of all expectations, it stuck around for five whole seasons, coming tantalizingly close to fulfilling its “#sixseasonsandamovie” destiny. Then NBC pulled the plug for real earlier this year.
There was a brief glimmer of hope that Community could still come back for Season 6 on Hulu, but now, sadly, that light has been extinguished. Hulu has reportedly “abandoned” talks to bring back the show, and with time running low it’s looking less and less likely that the Greendale Gang will be able to stage a comeback. Get the latest updates after the jump.
TVLine reported the news. This is a big blow for any hopes of a Community resurrection. Hulu was the only serious suitor to step up after NBC axed Community, and there are only six days left until the actors’ contracts expire on June 30.
Still, diehard optimists may not want to retire the #sixseasonsandamovie hashtag just yet. Sony Pictures TV remains determined to find a new home for the show, and a source has hinted that there’s at least one interested party. “Sony does not give up easily,” said the individual. “A lot can happen in one week.”
The fact that Community has even lasted this long is like a minor miracle. Community‘s aggressive weirdness was part of its charm, but it was also one of the reasons the show never became a broad, mainstream hit. Its fans were devoted, but few in number.
At the same time, maybe it’s foolish to bet against a comeback given Community‘s surprising longevity. It’s endured through piss-poor ratings, public spats, the firing of showrunner Dan Harmon, a weird Dan Harmon-less season, and the re-hiring of showrunner Dan Harmon. Who’s to say it can’t also survive cancellation?