Death is a natural part of life, but don’t tell that to fans of NBC’s Community, whose rabid support for the show went from admirable to stomach-turning overnight. When NBC announced that the sitcom wouldn’t be returning after Season Five, my Twitter feed was filled with enraged shouts, damning the network for taking away their precious baby and even (in some extreme cases) threatening boycott of all future programs belonging to the peacock. It was a filthy display of entitlement that showed how ungrateful its ‘cult’ supporters could be (the network did ignore terrible ratings and renewed the show four times over, after all).
Well, it seems that Dan Harmon, despite being courted by Hulu to bring the show to its streaming services for Season Six, shares my somewhat bleak outlook on going back to Greendale Community College. The series has survived so much at this point, maybe it’s time to just put a period at the end of its sentence.
While giving an interview to the Banff World Media Festival, Harmon confirmed that the talks between Hulu and Sony are indeed happening, but noted being quite ‘pressimistic’ about the show’s future:
“I know now that Sony was indeed talking to Hulu and Hulu is indeed interested. What I can’t say and what I’m pretty cynical about, just because I think it’s better to be pessimistic and be pleasantly surprised, is that they could make anything happen.”
At first, it seems like the usually combative creator is trying not to get his hopes up. But then Hamon went on to say:
“It’s a big cast full of talented people with a lot of options. And when all that is done, you’d have to make a deal with me and I wouldn’t want to do it without [writer/producer Chris] McKenna. I think if you lost one piece of that puzzle – what if Yvette Nicole Brown wasn’t in the mood to do it anymore? We’ve already lost Donald [Glover], we’ve lost Chevy [Chase].”
These are the aforementioned setbacks Community suffered, and it’s nice to see Harmon being completely blunt about the reality of the creative journey. Like all great art, Community has taken a bit of a toll on its creator, and he recognizes that pushing on may be slightly selfish on his part. But Harmon, being the good natured fellow that he is, went on to joke about a spin-off:
“I think people would gladly watch Jeff and Annie living across the hall from each other in an apartment complex run by … Koogler? I don’t know.”
So while there is hope left for the privileged lot crying out for #SixSeasonsandaMovie, maybe it’s best to be happy with what you got: four incredible (along with one unwatchable) seasons of a truly innovative, one-of-a-kind comedic experience. That’s one hell of a gift horse to look in the mouth.