Bad news for “Community” fans that were still holding out hope for Season 7. It looks like Yahoo simply cannot afford to bring the show back from the dead a second time given the major financial hit it took in bringing Season 6 of the cult comedy to its original content network.
During the company’s third quarter earnings call on Tuesday, Variety reports that CFO Ken Goldman revealed exactly what the cost of its foray into original programming was. It turns out that between “Community” and Yahoo’s other shows, “Sin City Saints” and “Other Space,” the company took a $42 million loss. Now, Yahoo needs to write off the cost of the three-show debacle just to ensure that it’s financially sound in the next quarter.
“We thought long and hard about it, and what we concluded is (for) certain of our original video (series), we couldn’t see a way to make money over time,” he said. “We’re not saying we’re not going to do these at all in the future. But what we are saying is, in three cases at least, it didn’t work the way we had hoped it to work, and we’ve decided to move on.”
This seems to put a final nail in the coffin of Season 7 of “Community.” However, that doesn’t mean that a return to Greendale Community College is completely out of the question at some point in the future. According to Deadline, almost as soon as Season 6 ended in June, the cast already saw the writing on the wall that another season wouldn’t happen. The biggest bit of evidence was simply that the casts’ contracts were up after the sixth year.
However, as fans of the show know, there has always been a push to cap off the series with a movie project of some sort following the show’s sixth season. The campaign began after a one-off joke made during the show’s 3rd season, when it was still on NBC. Now, creator Dan Harmon isn’t being shy about the prospect of doing a movie at some point in the future, telling fans of his podcast “Harmontown” that he’s just waiting until the time feels right to return to the characters.
"I think the series ended at the end of season six in a definitive enough way - and hopefully we'll be able to get the actors back together sooner rather than later and do some very ambitious movie project that can blow people away. But we'll see,” he previously told DigitalSpy in an interview confessing that he wrote the Season 6 finale on Yahoo as though it was the series’ end. “Every finale episode of every season of ‘Community,’ we had to anticipate the concept that it was not coming back - and simultaneously take a bow.”
Although the creator didn't exactly have a seventh season in his crosshairs, he was among the first to lament the recent annoucement from Yahoo. Harmon took to Twitter to release the below statement.
Oh man. Yahoo lost a lot of money by loving Community. Now THAT makes me remorseful. They were so supportive I hate that it wasn't rewarded.
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) October 21, 2015
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