Anthony D’Alessandro contributes to Deadline’s Comic-Con coverage.
Although Community creator Dan Harmon offered up few reveals about the cult comedy show’s fifth season at its Hall H Comic-Con panel today, he used the platform to champion the fans to demand a sixth season and a movie with the Twitter campaign #SIXSEASONSANDAMOVIE. “I created a machine that eats pain and craps joy. The people in this room gave us five seasons. It’s about legacy and six seasons and a movie,” exclaimed Harmon to the throng of screaming fans. “Nobody wants to not fail more than me,” Harmon told moderator Chris Hardwick, “I don’t consider these the last 13. I will do everything I can to get us the sixth season.”
Still undetermined is when Community will air on NBC next spring. As far as new storylines, Harmon — who didn’t brainstorm any during his time off — only said, “We need to re-establish these characters. I don’t want to plan too hard. We’re taking a different approach in the writers room, and we’ll be done shooting by Christmas.” Harmon also mentioned that he wouldn’t undo the story arcs laid out in Season 4 in an effort to maintain the show’s “organic spirit” and apologized again to fans for his snarky podcast remarks slamming Community’s recent run.The panel kicked off with a sizzle reel detailing how Community fans have kept the show alive through the social media. This was followed by Harmon being unlatched from an Iron Man costume by Community actors Jim Rash (Dean Pelton) and Danny Pudi (Abed Nadir). Not present was lead actor Joel McHale (Jeff Winger), who introduced the panel in a black-and-white clip as Dan’s father, Howard Harmon, in another nod to Iron Man. Those showing up in addition to Harmon, Rash and Pudi were Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley Bennett), Alison Brie (Annie Edison), Ken Jeong (Senor Chang), Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry) and co-executive producer Chris McKenna. Also missing Sunday was actor Donald Glover. Community will begin its syndicated run on September 16.