One of the lingering questions when Yahoo acquired rights to revive NBC’s Community was how the 13-episode season would roll out. Today we know: Episodes will be made available weekly, it was announced during its Comic-Con panel. That plan is in contrast to rival Netflix’s binge model, in which entire seasons of a series are made available at once. Which way would you prefer it?
As for when to expect Season 6, the only hint so far is that it won’t come before Christmas 2014.
Creator Dan Harmon quipped during the panel that
After he was booted from Community, show creator Dan Harmon hit the road taking his Harmontown podcast to fans across the country as filmmaker Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) documented the tour. The resulting film, Harmontown, world-premiered at SXSW and has now been acquired by MCN/distribution co. The Orchard, which is plotting a theatrical and digital release this fall in North America and the U.K.
Film features Harmon buddies and former collaborators Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale among other comics and Community stars. Harmon, who returned to Community for Season 5, is an exec producer on the Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries film. “Harmontown is a fascinating glimpse into the mind of a man that would quote himself saying that a movie about him is fascinating,” says Harmon. “It’s more than a documentary. It’s your chance to figure out what’s wrong with me while cutting me in on the profit.” Read More »
Community has done it, beating the odds and overcoming a cancellation to score a sixth-season order. After a couple of weeks of negotiations, series producer Sony Pictures TV has closed a deal with Yahoo for 13 new episodes to air this fall on Yahoo Screen. Talks went down to the wire as the options on the cast were set to expire today. Ever since NBC canceled Community last month, there had been interest from multiple outlets in continuing the cult comedy. I hear the list of possible suitors also included rebranded cable network Esquire; streaming service Hulu, which already has off-network rights to the series; and the Sony-owned Crackle.
Dan Harmon created Community and is returning as executive producer with Russ Krasnoff, Gary Foster and Chris McKenna. “I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in the announcement of the deal. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”
With its devoted following by a core group of passionate fans, Community is the type of show digital platforms crave. Complicating the series’ options was the fact that it has a digital syndication deal in place with Hulu, in addition to a cable off-network pact with Comedy Central. Read More »
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‘Mad Men’ Finale “Set In Stone”, Matthew Weiner Says; No Spinoffs Planned
By Dominic Patten
If you thought Matthew Weiner was going to let a teaser or spoiler slip for the upcoming final episodes of Mad Men next year, think again. “Can’t tell you that, you got to watch” is all the creator of AMC’s acclaimed series has to say on that front. “You’ll have to see how we bring it all together,” the reticent producer adds.
Kevin Reilly’s Departure Signals Start Of ‘Pick A Replacement’ Derby, With New Rules
By Lisa De Moraes
This morning’s confirmation that Kevin Reilly was stepping down as Chairman of Entertainment at Fox Broadcast Co. ends weeks of speculation he would exit in the wake of the March promotion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James to co-COO at 21st Century Fox, giving him oversight of, among other properties, the Fox broadcast network. When the dust settled back then, Fox Networks Group chief Peter Rice, to whom Reilly reported, would now report to James Murdoch instead of president/COO Chase Carey.
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EXCLUSIVE: There is a glimmer of hope that there could be a sixth season of cult comedy series Community. I have learned that Hulu is in talks with Community producer Sony Pictures TV for more original installments of the show, which was cancelled by NBC earlier this month. Sources stress that conversations are preliminary and it is unclear whether they would lead to a deal, but I hear there is will on both sides. That includes Community creator Dan Harmon, who confessed on his blog that he had warmed up to the possibility of continuing the show elsewhere, changing his stance from “eh” when Sony TV called him with the news of the series’ cancellation by NBC to “sure, let’s talk” two days later. Said Harmon, “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.”
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‘How I Met Your Dad’ Not Going Forward At CBS: What Went Wrong? What’s Next?
By Nellie Andreeva
If the How I Met Your Mother legacy continues, it won’t be at CBS. Spinoff pilot How I Met Your Dad had been in no-man’s land since last Friday, when the network made its new series pickups and it was not among them.
‘Two And A Half Men’ To End Next Season
By Nellie Andreeva
CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler this morning confirmed that the upcoming 12th season of veteran comedy Two And A Half Men will be its last. The network is planning a sendoff similar to that for How I Met Your Mother this season, with co-creator/executive producer Chuck Lorre promising a “season-long event.”
UPFRONTS 2014: The Overachievers
By Nellie Andreeva
It wasn’t easy but we survived another pilot season. Congratulations to all writers, producers and agents who celebrated the pickup of a new series this week. Here is Deadline’s annual honor roll of those who excelled at the upfronts and a list of pods and independent producers with multiple broadcast series on the schedule.
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UPDATE: Community creator Dan Harmon took to his blog after briefly reacting to the show’s cancellation during his Harmontown podcast, acknowledging that the idea of resurrecting the NBC comedy elsewhere had been discussed. Harmon, who has new animated show Rick and Morty on Cartoon Network, says he wasn’t that jazzed about the idea but his enthusiasm could change:
I will confess, however, that when Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the “eh” column. For a million reasons, some selfish, some creative, one logistic, five sexual, three racist (in a good way) and, oddly, nine isometric… I said “eh” on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a “sure, let’s talk” on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community.
I’m scared to tell you how little a difference I think my enthusiasm will make. I know fandom, when it gets this deep for this long, becomes almost religious, including the urge to stone the less than faithful. But there are lots of reasons a Community resurrection could be difficult.
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NBC Cancels ‘Community’ After Five Seasons
By Nellie Andreeva
After cheating death several times, Community‘s luck came to an end today. Ironically, Community‘s previous eleventh-hour renewal, clinched in that four-series deal producer Sony TV was able to negotiate with NBC last May on the strength of its buzzy new show The Blacklist, came with the presumption that the fifth season of the show would be its last.
NBC Cancels ‘Revolution’ After Two Seasons
By Nellie Andreeva
After a flying start two years ago when it was the key piece at NBC‘s upfront presentation, Revolution has just been cancelled.
NBC Renews ‘Hannibal’ For Third Season
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NBC is putting more Hannibal on the menu. The network has given a third-season pickup to the series, from Bryan Fuller and Gaumont International Television. Based on Thomas Harris’ characters, the gory psychological thriller focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen).
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David Benham says he loves gays and has nothing against them but hates the gay “agenda” that “seeks to silence men and women of faith.”
ABC & 20th TV Reach Deal: ‘Cristela’ & ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Picked Up To Series, ‘Last Man Standing’ Renewed
By Nellie Andreeva
After intense negotiations, ABC has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox TV for the pickup to series of two comedy pilots, multi-camera Cristela, starring Cristela Alonzo, and Nahnatchka Khan’s single-camera Fresh Off The Boat, as well as the fourth season renewal of comedy series Last Man Standing starring Tim Allen. Read More »
After cheating death several times, Community‘s luck came to an end today. Ironically, Community‘s previous eleventh-hour renewal, clinched in that four-series deal producer Sony TV was able to negotiate with NBC last May on the strength of its buzzy new show The Blacklist, came with the presumption that the fifth season of the show would be its last. It was a fitting last chapter, with creator Dan Harmon returning to the helm. But as NBC’s comedy woes began last fall, the end game plan was shelved. Community didn’t hit it out of the park in Season 5 but it didn’t blow it either, staying very close to the Season 4 average, which had earned a renewal. It averaged a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, down 0.1 from last season, and actually gained viewership — 3.7 million vs. 3.5 million last season. It outrated NBC’s other returning Thursday comedy, Parks And Recreation, which has been renewed, despite facing much stiffer competition in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. It also has a passionate following.
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“I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in the fridge,” Harmon said about NBC’s stance on a Community renewal in March at PaleyFest. “We’ll find out when the network is the hungriest.” Would the show find … Read More »
Three days after his star Joel McHale fell flat at the White House Correspondents Dinner, “Community” executive producer Chris McKenna waxed pessimistic about his perennially on-the-bubble NBC show’s chances for a pickup.
The show’s season finale aired April 17 and logged a 1.0 demo rating and 2.9 million viewers. For the season, the series’ averaged a 1.5 demo rating, which was down 1/10th from last season, and its total viewers haul grew from previous season’s 3.5 million to 3.7 million this most recently wrapped season. That said, there are not too many timeslots in which there would be a discussion about renewal with these numbers – but Community went head-to-head against CBS ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Dan Harmon, who was brought back to the series, spoke about a possible sixth season for the show, at PaleyFest. Harmon said back then it’s conceivable the cult comedy could have a future via new VOD models such as Netflix and Hulu should the Peacock not include it as part of its 2014-2015 season. “I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in … Read More »
NBC‘s Night Shift exec producer Jeff Judah insists he loves the idea of his big ensemble medical drama running on the broadcast network in the summer. “There are not as many shows on the networks, it may not get lost as much, maybe get a chance to be seen by more people — we love it.” he told reporters at NBC Press Day.
NBC series The Night Shift, about the men and women who work graveyard at San Antonio Memorial, got an 8-episode order as part of a four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift, and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken in the lead, as adrenaline junkie T.C. Callahan who, after a grueling tour of duty in the Middle East, now works in the ER. Creators Gabe Sachs and Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel.
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Community creator and exec producer Dan Harmon told Deadline tonight at the PaleyFest that there’s still no word about a sixth-season order from NBC, but it’s conceivable the cult comedy could have a future via new VOD models such as Netflix and Hulu should the Peacock not include it as part of its 2014-2015 season. “I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in the fridge,” Harmon said about NBC’s silence about a renewal. “We’ll find out when the network is the hungriest.” Harmon said he’s heard “whispers from dark corners” about the possibility of Community being resurrected through a streaming format, should NBC completely deep-six the comedy series. The creator gives props to Sony, the studio that fired him after Season 3 then brought him back for Season 5, for recognizing the cult appeal of Community should this occur: “No one is better than Sony when it comes to recognizing a property. If they have something that’s worth anything, that has an opportunity to recoup and profit, it’s Sony.”
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He added: “There seems like there’s a space where we could do something; one can go to Hulu or Netflix. It’s a new business model. Should Community continue on a streaming platform, well, that’s an adjustment Harmon will need to make. “Whether [streaming] is the best for Community, I don’t know. It’s a network sitcom. It’s like, ‘Let’s take this sonnet that didn’t work for everyone and turn it into a limerick,” he said.
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EXCLUSIVE: Alison Brie, who stars in NBC’s Community and recurs on Mad Men, is set to join Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard, the Etan Cohen-directed comedy. In the Gary Sanchez-produced pic for Warner Bros, Ferrell plays a wealthy investment banker wrongly convicted of a crime, who toughens up for prison under the wing of the guy who washes his car (Hart). Brie will play the fiancee of Ferrell’s character. Repped by WME, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Sloane Weber, she next will be seen on the big screen in Universal’s Search Party.
It’s that time of year, when the TV viewers’ thoughts turn to plot wraps and cliffhangers. NBC today announced season-finale dates for 10 of its series. The Voice will wrap with a two-hour edition on May 20, and Community‘s term ends April 17. On the drama side, the 2013-14 season of Parenthood also wraps April 17, The Blacklist checks off its last episode May 12, Chicago Fire goes out May 13, Revolution wraps May 14, Grimm’s story ends May 16, the Law And Order: SVU and Chicago P.D. shifts end May 21, and Hannibal‘s last meal is set for May 23. The network last month announced an April 24 date for its hourlong Parks And Recreation finale featuring Michelle Obama.
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They’ve had late-night hosts for the past two years, but now the White House Correspondents Association Dinner is going primetime. Straight out of NBC’s Thursday lineup, Community’s Joel McHale will be the headliner at this year’s politicians and Hollywood-heavy event set for May 3. Of course, the real main attraction at the WHCA dinner is President Obama, but, as is the protocol, McHale will be the closing act. “We’re thrilled that Joel will headline the dinner when we celebrate our centennial,” said WHCA president Steven Thomma today via Twitter. “He’s sharp, funny and just the type of comic who can navigate the unique challenge of our dinner, making fun of Democrats, Republicans and especially the news media. Washington can use a little good-natured ribbing,” added the McClatchy Newspapers political editor. McHale, who has also been fronting E!’s weekly satire show The Soup since 2004, follows Conan O’Brien’s stint in the WHCD gig last year and Jimmy Kimmel in 2012. The last time a non-late-night host or regular was the WHCD headliner was in 2002, when Drew Carey had the job.
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NBC Chairman made the announcement when pressed by critics at TCA about the future of well reviewed by ratings-challenged Parks & Recreation. He initially said he was “bullish” on the show’s chances before going a step further, stating that “Parks & Recreation is going to have a seventh season.” NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke was quick to jump in and note that a renewal for Parks & Recreation does not impact a pickup decision on Community, which NBC brass also like but will evaluate their comedy plans for next season before making a decision.