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Six Seasons And A Movie? Nope—NBC Cancels 'Community'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 9, 2014 2:57 PM
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Now, before anyone can say NBC didn't give "Community" a chance, they did—several times over. Though it developed a vocal and earnest cult following, the Dan Harmon-created show never managed to hit the mainstream with any impact, and bless their hearts, NBC really tried to throw a lifeline to the show. But repeatedly, the show served up low ratings, and Dan Harmon exiting for season four and returning for season five did little to boost the fortunes of the show (though it did outperform "Parks and Recreation" this season, which got renewed but is arguably much more syndication friendly). And now, it's no more.

NBC has formally cancelled the sitcom, with fans left to treasure the five seasons they got, while mourning that the six-seasons-and-a-movie dream will likely not come to pass. That said, this spring there was chatter NBC was going to renew "Community" for a sixth season, with optimistic talk of a film actually happening, and Justin Lin eyed to get behind camera (he's the "Fast & Furious" director who has also helmed plenty of "Community" episodes). But we'd wager that's not on the table, though we're sure fans will still be calling for a feature to happen.

So pour one out for "Community." It was good to know you while you were around. And don't be too bummed—there are apparently very faint rumblings that Netflix or a similar service might step in. But don't cling too hard to that hope just yet. [Deadline]

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  • Steve | May 10, 2014 3:07 PMReply

    I love community! I want just a little more, six seasons and a movie is so close.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | May 10, 2014 7:21 AMReply

    Saying NBC gave this show lifelines/chances/etc. is funny.

    I guess there's two different NBC entities then, one that loved Community and wanted to see it succeed and the other one, that exists in reality, which threw it up against the Chuck Lorre network's go-to show for the male demo and had previously toyed with knocking it off into the summer while its creative lead made an exit and one of its former stars was angling to do the same.

    The show had its moments. Some episodes are easily going to be regarded years down the line as some of the best no doubt. But ultimately it had a run - maybe not a flawless run, but a run just the same.

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | May 10, 2014 7:23 AM

    Should've been "regarded years down the line as some of the best in a sitcom no doubt".

    Edit function, edit function, edit function...

  • Lets Get Real pod | May 10, 2014 4:22 AMReply

    If there was ever a show that could raise a zillion dollars via crowdfunding it would be Dan Harmon's community (pun intended). Its just a matter of time.

  • Jorge Clooneigh | May 9, 2014 8:00 PMReply

    It's just not that good. It never was. There are some great actors involved (Alison Brie in particular) but nothing can really avoid the fact it was essentially the poor-man's Arrested Development with a shot of 30 Rock thrown in for good measure. The example of a misguided "cult following" where glee and obsession overlook mediocrity. I wish I could have said all this less meaner though. Sorry.

  • The Great Alex | June 28, 2014 5:01 AM

    Not even close to being mediocre. Probably the most creative and innovative comedies of the last decade

  • Jorge Clooneigh | May 11, 2014 1:37 AM

    @keden - well, I never said it wasn't acknowledged by critics (at times) and additionally I don't think a show must rely on a large fan base to be quality - this has been proven countless times. What I am saying is the cult following status it received often brought about blind and partial adulation from it's fans who couldn't see past what was essentially no more than your average comedy (most of the time, bar a few moments). This is becoming more and more common as online fan communities grow and it's this hype and almost 'interference' from the fans to the show runners (see The Walking Dead) which utterly kills the show and other hopeful audiences from tuning in. This constant engagement with fans and creators is great for marketing, dollars and spreading the word, but when the fan base over-hypes the product it sours really fast. Just some thoughts I have and happy to be wrong.

  • Keden | May 10, 2014 7:16 AM

    You're wrong mate. It is a very good show, acknowledged as such by critics repeatedly; it just has a rather niche audience. However niche, that doesn't degrade the quality of the show.

  • me | May 9, 2014 7:51 PMReply

    this is very sad news, best show on air :(

  • DArtagnan | May 9, 2014 5:51 PMReply

    You can blame NBC for programming it against The Big Bang Theory

  • jawsnnn | May 9, 2014 5:42 PMReply

    Finally. The show really outstayed its welcome. It was fresh when it started, but lately For the last three seasons it had been a rudderless mess.

  • TheoC | May 9, 2014 4:51 PMReply

    It was good to know you for a season and a half but you long over stayed your welcome. Obviously ratings are the bottom line but Parks is a consistently funnier show. Also Dan Harmon really came across as badly on The Treatment podcast. Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) was funny throughout.

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