Although it may not be a surprise to those that have been paying close attention, the chances of getting another season of “Community” just dwindled down to about zero. Yahoo Screen, the video service that revived the beloved sitcom after its cancellation at NBC, is officially shutting down.
According to Variety, the company confirmed that, in order to effectively shut down Yahoo Screen, it will distribute most of the content it compiled under that banner for the past two years among its digital magazine properties, such as live streamed concerts going to Yahoo Music.
“At Yahoo, we’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products as we strive to create the best user experience,” a spokesperson for Yahoo told the outlet. “With that in mind, video content from Yahoo as well as our partners has been transitioned from Yahoo Screen to our Digital Magazine properties so users can discover complementary content in one place.”
With the death of Yahoo Screen also comes the death of the only network that was still willing to carry the former network sitcom through to another season. As a result, the intrepid study group from the fictional Greendale Community College no longer has a place to call home. This means that the already slim chances of another season are pretty much gone.
Fortunately, this isn’t exactly a big blow to fans of the Dan Harmon-created series. The writing was on the wall for the show’s end as early as the Season 6 finale in which each character explored their own idea for what another year at Greendale would look like, ultimately deciding that it would be a bad idea. In addition, the show no longer made financial sense for Yahoo.
As previously reported, the company was forced to take a $42 million loss last year thanks to its failed attempt at bringing all of its original and syndicated content under the Yahoo Screen roof. Although the company stopped short of saying that this was the final nail in the coffin of “Community,” neither the show’s creator, producers nor the cast had high hopes for its continued existence. However, “Community” fans know to never say never when it comes to bringing the show back from the dead.
A running joke spawned during the second season of the show sparked the now infamous “six seasons and a movie” campaign. While many fan’s hopes for another episodic run of the series are likely gone at this point, there’s no reason not to expect a reunion film at some point in the future. Unfortunately, it may be a while before that happens. Speaking to TV Line, Harmon mentioned that his current plan is to give the cast time to branch out before he ropes them back in.
“We wait a little bit, let [the cast] explore their awesome careers, and then we get together for an incredible movie,” he said.
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