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PaleyFest: Dan Harmon & ‘Community’ Cast Talk Season 6, Chevy Chase And A Potential Streaming Future
On 27, Mar 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI
Community creator and exec producer Dan Harmon told Deadline tonight at the PaleyFest that there’s still no word about a sixth-season order from NBC, but it’s conceivable the cult comedy could have a future via new VOD models such as Netflix and Hulu should the Peacock not include it as part of its 2014-2015 season. “I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in the fridge,” Harmon said about NBC’s silence about a renewal. “We’ll find out when the network is the hungriest.” Harmon said he’s heard “whispers from dark corners” about the possibility of Community being resurrected through a streaming format, should NBC completely deep-six the comedy series. The creator gives props to Sony, the studio that fired him after Season 3 then brought him back for Season 5, for recognizing the cult appeal of Community should this occur: “No one is better than Sony when it comes to recognizing a property. If they have something that’s worth anything, that has an opportunity to recoup and profit, it’s Sony.”
He added: “There seems like there’s a space where we could do something; one can go to Hulu or Netflix. It’s a new business model. Should Community continue on a streaming platform, well, that’s an adjustment Harmon will need to make. “Whether [streaming] is the best for Community, I don’t know. It’s a network sitcom. It’s like, ‘Let’s take this sonnet that didn’t work for everyone and turn it into a limerick,” he said.
During the panel, actress Gillian Jacobs (Britta Perry) wore rosy glasses about a potential Season 6 order, exclaiming, “C’mon, it’s happening!” That triggered great cheers in the Dolby Theatre. Harmon, meanwhile, touted the stat that Community beats CBS’ The Big Bang Theory in Live+3 every week. As to whether a Season 6 would include Chevy Chase — still unlikely. In several interviews, Harmon has stated it would take a special situation for Chase, who had creative differences with the show, to come back to the series.Read More