With most of us still mourning NBC's abrupt (and WORST DECISION EVER) cancellation of Community, we're all going through the five steps of grief at our own pace. So, for everyone who's already gotten past the denial and anger phases, here's an answer to the question everyone is probably wondering when they get to the bargaining phase: will Community be picked up by another network to finish out its #sixseasonsandamovie goal, much like Arrested Development was by Netflix, or The Killing was...also by Netflix?
Short answer: no, probably not.
Feeling that depression stage coming on, yet?
The following info comes from the often reliable source Deadline, which states:
"While other comedies are being actively shopped around, I hear there are no such plans for cult NBC series Community, which was cancelled on Friday after five seasons."
As sad as it is to hear, it does make sense: getting to six seasons would have been a victory for the little show that could, but, when you think about it, getting to five seasons was a victory in and of itself; and, thanks to Dan Harmon's triumphant return this year, the show pretty much had its best season ever and can end on a high note. Some of the cast has already begun moving on, anyway—Donald Glover and Chevy Chase are both long gone, and the rest of the stars have other projects lined up in the near future.
In response to the shocking cancellation, Harmon released the following statement during his Harmontown podcast:
"We all know what happened yesterday, we all got drunk...I was on my way to LAX and somebody from Sony called me...The fans of that show have more reason to be upset than I do. I can try to make another show and also I got paid for every minute I cared about that show. The people that are most devastated are people who put unpaid labor into the show [aka fans]. They didn’t get compensated for it. They loved the show.”
It was a point that Harmon expanded on in a lengthy Tumblr post earlier this morning, in which he explained that he wanted the show to continue, but didn't want to exploit the fans by subjecting their "campaigns" to exploitation by a "backwards" system:
If you want to know the God’s honest truth, part of my “eh” was coming from the unsettling thought of your passion for campaigns being once again exploited by this rather unfair, somewhat backward system, one that now treats you like it’s your responsibility to keep a show alive, like a corporation is doing you a favor by feeding you low grade opiate through a regulated tube. Like you owe them an apology when they can’t measure or monetize you to their satisfaction. You deserve better. I love you guys, and at its best, Community is me saying that over and over again, saying let’s get less mad at ourselves and each other and more mad at the inhuman systems that keep us down and divided. “Maybe it should have said less of that and more jokes.” Shut up, voice of my grade school principal that also coached and umpired softball because shrieking “steeeeeeerike” at children was his sole recourse to virility.
Hey, look on the bright side, though. In the event of a cancellation actually happening, Community built in a sort of series finale ending into the previous season (a perk of loving a show that is constantly facing the threat of being taken off the air: they always have a plan in case the unthinkable happens). See?
So...at least we know how Community ends. Some people don't even get that from their favorite shows.
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