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Is 'Community' Cancelled? Joel McHale Says 'Yes.' And Then 'Maybe Not'

8/4/2015 8:01pm EDT
'Community' Cancelled: Joel McHale Claims Yahoo Couldn't Afford
Has Community been cancelled? That's what star Joel McHale is saying, anyway.

According to Metro Weekly, who spoke with McHale, the show's gone for good. And that's after it was cancelled once before- originally airing on NBC, the network cancelled Community and Yahoo picked it up as a streaming-only series. Now Yahoo might be giving the show the axe, just the same.

Although it sounds like Yahoo would like to give the show another season, if they could. Here's what McHale said, after getting asked if Community was getting another season on Yahoo:

"No. They wanted to. But all of our contr...

What Are The Chances A 'Community' Movie Happens?

6/3/2015 2:12pm EDT
Joel McHale Says A 'Community' Movie Could Happen
Fans of the comedy Community have had an interesting few years, what with the show reportedly dodging cancellation on NBC before finally getting the axe in 2014, only to then be resurrected for a sixth season on Yahoo that aired last fall.

Now, Joel McHale, one of the stars of the show, has hinted that more Community could be on the way, although in a different format.

"I think we will do a movie if (writer Dan Harmon] will write the script," McHale told Conan O'Brien on Monday night.

Community battled low ratings for years on NBC, but still remained a cult-favorite. It was that small bu...

'Community' Season 6 Finale Recap: 'Emotional Consequences Of Broadcast Television'

6/3/2015 11:50am EDT
“You saved my life, and changed it forever.”

Just as Jeff Winger was irrevocably changed by his friends forcing their way into his life, so too have “Community” fans been profoundly affected by this deeply personal show. This program and its lead character have always been marked by a push-pull between cynicism and sincerity. The guy who made a fake study group just to sleep with someone now cares so much that he cannot let go of the people he met through it. The sitcom that was so distrustful of institutions and deconstructive of all conventions ended the season (and possibly series) with...

'Community' Gang Attends A Wedding

5/26/2015 3:29pm EDT
“Homer’s Enemy,” a classic episode of “The Simpsons” featured the story of Frank Grimes, a mild-mannered new hire at the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, driven insane while forced to work alongside incompetent buffoon Homer. Since that episode aired, “Frank Grimes” has become shorthand in certain TV nerd circles for a one-off guest character who is a sort of audience surrogate who demonstrates just how maddening it would be to actually live alongside crazy TV people.

“Community” first explored this trope in Season 3’s “Competitive Ecology,” with Todd, who declared that the study group lov...

'Community' Recap: 'Modern Espionage'

5/20/2015 9:11am EDT
“Do you try to evolve, or do you try to know who you are?” Season 1 ended with Jeff facing this dilemma. As the years have gone on, this issue has come to define his show as a whole. Season 6 has brought this conflict to a head. Do you try to evolve beyond paintball, or do you try to know who you are and recapture your original homage episode glory?

By beginning “Modern Espionage” with a thrilling cold opening that captured the foreboding vibe of spy cinema, the value of continuing with old tricks appeared to be quite high. With acrobatic car stunts and mysterious off-camera dialogue, Rob ...

'Community' Recap: 'Basic RV Repair and Palmistry'

5/13/2015 8:49am EDT
It is quite the challenge to make a good sitcom episode based around boredom. But that was what Abed – and by extension, “Community” – was attempting to create for this road trip gone awry. He knows the difference between real life and TV, and when he has blended the two, he has done so in a way that felt natural, that is, as natural for someone as odd as him. But imposing explanatory flashbacks onto his actual reality is in physically impossible territory.

Abed did not come across as regressing or having a psychotic break, because the inherent boredom of a long road trip can lead people t...

'Community' Recap: 'Grifting 101'

5/6/2015 8:22am EDT
“Grifting 101” is the first fully themed episode of “Community” Season 6. The typical Greendale shenanigans have been present this year, but not quite in a way that has overwhelmed everything for a half hour. The pop cultural references have also been there, of course. Just last week, “Intro to Recycled Cinema” took inspiration from “Star Wars” and its schlocky knockoffs, but it was not a full-on pastiche. Greendale was making a space movie, but it had not become a space movie. “Grifting 101” actually was a con man story that purposely mimicked the genre’s tropes. The elements lifted from “...

'Community' Recap: 'Intro To Recycled Cinema'

4/28/2015 3:55pm EDT
Greendale is starting to feel a bit like purgatory. It is not impossible to escape from (Troy is sailing around the world, Shirley moved on to assist a butcher, even Pierce got to die), but the remaining members of the Greendale 7 are here longer than they originally meant to be. And most of them do not appear visibly conflicted over their lack of definitive academic endpoints. Greendale was never going to give Abed the artistic freedom he desired in the move to capitalize on Chang’s newfound fame, and it was unreasonable for him to expect it to. But it is a comfortable place, and it may be...

'Community': The Greendale Crew Focused On Everyone Liking Each Other

4/21/2015 3:59pm EDT
'Community' Season 6, Episode 7 Recap: 'Advanced Safety Features
Just one episode ago saw the Greendale crew at its nastiest. That conflict was not resolved so much as brushed aside. So it was quite the contrast to have the very next episode focused so strongly about everyone working to like each other. But maybe that need to be liked explained why everyone was so upset about the airing of the hurtful secrets. Or maybe everyone just learned a lesson about vulnerability really quickly. Either way, “Advanced Safety Features” showed these people more convinced than ever about the value of vulnerability.

Both the potentials and the pitfalls of opening ...

'Community' Recap: Greendale Gets Hacked

4/15/2015 10:58am EDT
Community- Basic Email Security
“Community” does not usually take too much inspiration from real world headlines in the vein of a “Law & Order”-style procedural. It instead tends to ape and play around with pop culture. But recent hacking scandals have converged with media such that for “Community” it is right at home, almost a little too close to home. This is a show produced by Sony, the victim of one of the largest-scale hacks ever. A community college does not have the same reach as a worldwide media conglomerate, but it still has a significant virtual ecosystem that can be exploited, and so it was with Greendale....

This Week's 'Community' Jeff Focuses On His Classroom

4/8/2015 9:34am EDT
Community - Laws of Robotics and Party Rights
Jeff Winger has mostly accepted that he has a big heart, and he has made peace with the fact that he is at Greendale indefinitely. But there is a difference between accepting your station and actually doing the work of getting through that station. Jeff may have learned to open his heart up just a little bit during his time at school, but when it comes to work, he still prefers going to great lengths to take the easy way out. It would take something unusual to knock him out of this routine. A convict attending his Law class via telepresence robot proved to be just the right unexpected d...

'Community': Ken Jeong Shows Off His Dramatic Chops

4/1/2015 10:10am EDT
'Community' Season 6, Episode 4
“Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing” took the most advantage of Season 6’s lack of running time restrictions thus far, clocking in just under 31 minutes. This made sense, insofar as there were three plots and only two of them were even tangentially related. The structure of a typical modern network sitcom episode is generally not long enough to fully conclude the normal amount of three storylines. “Community” was not being indulgent here so much as it was just finding the necessary legroom. But even though each plot had enough space, it was not clear why Chang’s performance as Mr. Miyagi...

'Community' Recap: 'Basic Crisis Room Decorum'

3/25/2015 7:20am EDT
The Audacity of Hope

In its earlier seasons, “Community” distinguished itself among typical sitcoms with its determined focus on character development. The study group was various forms of broken, and Greendale was positioned as a place for them to work out their issues and become better people. The show followed through on this determination in a way that was deeply satisfying.

Six seasons in, “Community” is still concerned about allowing its characters to grow, but it is also intent on emphasizing what works best, and that can mean maintaining the status quo. “Basic Crisis Room Deco...

'Community' Makes It's Yahoo Premiere

3/18/2015 10:32am EDT
“Community” season premieres have usually made sure to cover what has happened behind-the-scenes since we last visited Greendale. In Season 4’s “History 101” and Season 5’s “Repilot,” that meant winkingly commenting on all the personnel changes that had occurred. With an actual cancellation and a subsequent move to online streaming, “Community” would now seemingly have the most to say about its recent transitions leading up to the Season 6 premiere. But “Ladders” pretty much jumped right in exactly where Season 5 left off. An exact time frame was not specified, but with this episode ope...

Ranking The Best 'Community' Character Episodes

3/16/2015 8:06pm EDT
What Are The Best Episodes For Each 'Community' Character?
“Community” returns for a sixth season, its first on Yahoo! Screen, on Tuesday, March 17. As this new age begins, it is an opportune time to look back on the best of the NBC era. Lists of the best “Community” episodes have been made by other publications, but this approach will be a little more specific. Herein are rankings of the best episodes for each individual character.

“Community” focuses on character arcs much more than the average sitcom. Thus, most of these choices are particularly exemplary instances of the growth and development of these Greendale human beings. But while “C...

5 TV Shows That Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead - And 3 That Left Us Wanting More

7/6/2014 10:00am EDT
5 TV Shows That Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead - And 3 T
The upcoming revival of NBC’s hit series, Community, headed by Joel McHale and Alison Brie makes room for a discussion of what the right time to call it quits for a TV show should be. The question should always be: is there still an audience for this, and has the premise of the show run its course?

There have been several shows in the last 20 years that have towed this line perfectly and ended the show while it was still on top. The hit series Friends from 1994-2004 is one of the perfect examples of this as the characters had all aged to a point that the show was no longer what it starte...

Yahoo! Screen Saves 'Community' With 13-Episode Sixth Season Pickup

7/1/2014 12:13am EDT
Cult favorite sitcom Community has been given new life a month after it was canceled by NBC, landing a sixth season pickup from Yahoo! Screen.

Following network execs' decision not to renew the show, which stars Joel McHale, Ken Jeong and Alison Brie, production company Sony Pictures Television shopped the show around to the likes of Hulu and Comedy Central.

Yahoo! Screen ordered a 13 episode sixth season in the nick of time, as the cast's contracts were set to expire on June 30, the day the deal was announced by Yahoo!

Dan Harmon, the show's creator, will return as executive producer.


'Community' Done For Good? Hulu Drops Out Of Season 6 Deal

6/24/2014 6:01pm EDT
Fan favorite Community is running out of places to go with a possible sixth season – Hulu has dropped out of negotiations to stream its final season.

Last month, The Hollywood Reporter said Sony Pictures Television was working hard to get the Dan Harmon comedy a sixth season. "We, more than any other studios, fight for shows that we believe in. This show had a remarkable history. There are real conversations we need to have with everyone as soon as we get back,” co-president Jamie Erlicht said at the time.

With Community being one of Hulu's most-watched television series, it appeared to b...

'Community' Creator, Stars React To Show's Cancellation

5/10/2014 9:34am EDT
'Community' Creator, Stars React To Show's Cancellation
After five seasons and low ratings, NBC canceled "Community," a move that broke the hearts of many fans who hoped the network would greenlight one final season to wrap things up.

The show was set at a local junior college and featured a host of quirky characters, including a disbarred lawyer and Christian single mother. Creator Dan Harmon thanked his colleagues and fans for being part of the show.

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

E! "The So...

NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Community,' ABC Renews Three

5/9/2014 4:04pm EDT
NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Community,' ABC Renews Three
NBC has cancelled Revolution after two seasons. Revolution was a bubble series for a while, and its prospects just kept getting worse. There was a rumor that NBC would order an abbreviated final season, but ultimately NBC passed on the show altogether.

In other news, NBC has cancelled Community, which is surprising after most people thought it would get a final season order from NBC. Community has one of the most devoted fanbases of any TV show, and there has been talks of reviving Community on a Netflix/Hulu type basis. Now that NBC has released the show, hopefully we will hear word of of...

'Community': The Best And Worst Of 'Cooperative Polygraphy'

1/17/2014 10:51am EST
Here are a few of the top moments from last night’s episode of Community, as well as some that completely missed the mark:

Best: Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins, currently giving a weekly stunning performance on Justified, is one of my favorite actors, but he’s not better known for his comedic chops. He usually plays really dark characters, from a bad cop on The Shield to a sexually abused transsexual on Sons of Anarchy. Putting him on Community is definitely casting against type.

Goggin’s character, Mr. Stone, joins the group in the study room after Pierce’s funeral to administer a polygr...

'Community': The Best And Worst Of 'Basic Intergluteal Numismatics'

1/10/2014 9:44am EST
Best: A Perfect Parody

Community has always been known for its deep love of parody and satire, but in the past few years it had been overdone. Parodies from the 3rd season on felt forced. Abed was always around to make a dozen references and other characters changed their personas completely to fit into the scenario. In this episode, they avoid all of those parody pitfalls.

“Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” is a take off on the dark detective shows that are so popular these days, including The Killing, Hannibal, The Bridge, and the upcoming True Detective. Annie, who last week came back to...

'Community' Returns: The Best And Worst Parts Of 'Repilot' And 'Introduction To Teaching'

1/3/2014 8:32am EST
To many hardcore Community fans, season four was a disaster. It was a shadow of its former self, like a low budget, foreign remake where the characters vaguely resemble the originals and the jokes are mostly retreads and callbacks to when the show was funny. Showrunner Dan Harmon even compared the forth season, which went on without him, to watching his family being raped on the beach (Basically, confirming that Dan Harmon is the worst ever).

Many people regained hope for the show when Harmon resigned to be the showrunner. However, the problems that community had did not begin and end with...

Joel McHale And Jim Rash Reveal Details For Season 5 Of 'Community'

12/21/2013 11:35am EST
We are less than 2 weeks away from the season premiere of “Community” and boy is everyone pumped. When I say everyone, I mean the cast and fans. After what was a very upsetting season 4, fans are thrilled to hear that changes are coming. Joel McHale and Jim Rash are even more excited to be back and with new jokes, new characters and new storylines. In the midst of their busy promoting schedule, Starpulse had the opportunity to get some exclusive details about the series and what the fans can look out for.

Up first, we have the return of Dan Harmon and his comedic writing back at full force...

'Community's' Yvette Nicole Brown Talks 'Dog Days Of Summer'

8/17/2013 12:14pm EDT
The hilarious Yvette Nicole Brown is this year's star helping The Hub launch Dog Days of Summer, a week of canine-themed programs for the whole family. Yvette, who voices the character of Cookie on the network's Pound Puppies, took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with BFTV about cartoons, pets, and of course, Community.

"It's a week long celebration on The Hub network where they play dog-themed movies and then we have our Pound Puppies marathon," explained Yvette, who takes over from co-star Alanna Ubach, who helped celebrate the campaign in 2012. "We also give you an update on ...

'Mad Men' Star Alison Brie Loves Sex, Money And Her Second Grade Teacher

4/16/2013 9:05pm EDT
Alison Brie
Actress Alison Brie, who does double-duty starring on AMC's hit series Mad Men and on NBC's Community, shows her sexy curves in the May 2013 issue of Esquire magazine.

The 30-year-old actress shared a long list of the things she loves with the magazine, from sex to her second grade teacher, Mrs. Carlson.

Alison, whose real last name is Schermerhorn, says she loves her surname, but can't stand it when people don't pronounce it correctly.

"[T]he mispronunciation of it is like nails on a chalkboard," she says. "It starts S-c-h, so everybody pronounces it as if it were Shermerhorn. But it sh...

'Community' Review: 'History 101'

2/9/2013 9:45am EST
Community Cast
Community's fourth season premiered Thursday night, four months after its initial premiere date in the middle of October. NBC sent it to the Friday Night death slot as a lead-in to Grimm, which is as bad a mix as chocolate syrup on a piece of cheese. NBC's since gone crazy and delayed Grimm until next month after promising its return for late January. The delayed premiere for Community didn't bother me like it would have when Dan Harmon ran the show. There it is: the Dan Harmon of it all. The television business can be a nasty place. Show runners get replaced, the show goes on. Show runners...

Chevy Chase Quits 'Community'

11/23/2012 10:30am EST
Chevy Chase Community
Following months of drama on and off set, Chevy Chase quit NBC comedy "Community."

The actor, who has played millionaire Pierce Hawthorne since the show's first season in 2009, and producers have agreed to the mutual split effective immediately.

Earlier this year, Chase, 69, left an angry voicemail for show creator Dan Harmon, which was posted online. The two had verbally attacked each other at a wrap show party, and Harmon later apologized for going public with the the tape.

The actor old called his decision to front the show "a big mistake", adding he only agreed to continue with the s...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

9/8/2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Named The Greatest Cult TV Series

7/27/2012 9:17am EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Fans just can't get enough of vampires. Today it's "Twilight," but not too long ago it was "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," which tops a new magazine list of the 25 Best Cult TV Shows from the past 25 years.

The Joss Whedon-helmed series ran for 144 episodes between March 1997 and May 2003, and is number one on Entertainment Weekly's new poll. The show was a mixture of drama, comedy, romance, action, and horror.

"Buffy" centered on the exploits of its titular vampire slayer, a mystical "Chosen One" living in Sunnydale, Calif., an idyllic small town situated atop the mouth to hell. Buffy (Sarah...