Right before the weekend, we learned that NBC has cancelled Community after five seasons. What's completely insane is that the fifth season was their best yet! I enjoyed the hell out of it, and I'm so pissed off that the network let it go. I understand the ratings weren't the greatest, but the show does have a passionate fanbase. I am one the show's rabid fans that wanted to see the show fulfill its goal of six seasons and a movie. I don't think that dream is dead, though. There's still a chance that it could happen!
This is the moment where Netflix needs to step in and save the day! The opportunity is there for them to capitalize on NBC's poor decision, and all they need to do seize it! It has not been confirmed, but Reports indicate that Sony Pictures TV will likely shop the sitcom around to other outlets. The studio would be stupid if they didn't.
I feel like the perfect home for Community would be Netflix. They are doing amazing things with their own series these days, and they did great things when they brought back Arrested Development.
Even though Netflix is my top choice of where I would like the series to land, there are other outlets that it could easily end up. Hulu currently owns the digital rerun rights to Community, so there's a chance that it could end up there. The fact that they do own the rights might cause some issues if the studio did want to take it somewhere like Netflix.
Then there's the internet video site Crackle, which is owned by Sony. It would kind of make sense for them to take it to Crackle if they wanted to keep it in-house. Then, of course, there's Amazon. The problem with these two outlets is that I never watch anything on them. If Community landed on either of those, it would be out of sight, out of mind for me. I don't really know anyone that watches anything on those outlets either.
I know if Netflix wanted to take the series under their wing they would treat it with the love and respect that it deserves. In the end, all that matters is that creator Dan Harmon is given the creative freedom he needs to make this show the best possible thing it could be. He did an amazing job with season 5, and he offered fans lots of awesome laughs. All we need now is that sixth season and a movie, and they are not out of reach.
The dream isn't dead yet, Community fans! There is still hope. I just want Netflix to jump at the chance to claim it! All the legal mumbo-jumbo can be figured out with lawyers.