|By Business Wire||
|June 30, 2014 06:10 PM EDT||
Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO) and Sony Pictures Television today announced that “Community” will return this Fall for a highly-anticipated sixth season, with 13 new episodes available exclusively on Yahoo Screen.
“Community” is a smart, exuberant comedy that is consistently ranked as one of the most inventive and original half-hours on television. This ensemble comedy centers around a tight-knit group of friends who all met at what is possibly the world’s worst educational institution – Greendale Community College.
At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “The Soup”), a fast-talking lawyer who was dis-barred until he could earn a legitimate degree. He chose Greendale, thinking he could breeze through the mediocre school without a hitch. However, he soon found himself the reluctant leader of a disparate group of misfits, all stuck at Greendale for different reasons.
The study group includes Britta Perry (Gillian Jacobs), who dropped out of high school to “change the world” and soon found herself in her thirties with no marketable skills; Shirley Bennett (Yvette Nicole Brown), a religious housewife who landed at Greendale after a messy divorce and is now blossoming into a headstrong entrepreneur; Abed Nadir (Danny Pudi), a socially awkward, but well-meaning, pop culture savant; Annie Edison (Alison Brie), a high-strung perfectionist; and, Ben Chang (Ken Jeong), a former Spanish teacher who is either insane or an evil genius, or both. At Greendale’s helm is Dean Pelton (Jim Rash), an administrator whose ineptitude is matched only by his love of the school and his devotion to his students.
Dan Harmon created "Community" and serves as executive producer. Russ Krasnoff ("The Soloist") also serves as executive producer, along with Gary Foster ("Sleepless in Seattle") and Chris McKenna ("The Mindy Project").
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” comments Dan Harmon. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”
Adds Mc Hale, “‘The reports of our cancellation have been greatly exaggerated.’ ---Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now."
“Yahoo is all about connecting the best creators to the audiences who love their work. ‘Community’ has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base who have fought hard to keep this amazing show alive. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dan, Joel, and the entire cast, as well as Sony, to deliver a great season 6,” said Kathy Savitt, CMO of Yahoo.
"The fans spoke and we listened. Thanks to Yahoo, and the amazing team that makes ‘Community’ great, we've avoided the Darkest Timeline yet again and plan to deliver a fantastic season," said Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production for SPT.
Adds Jamie Erlicht, president of programming and production, “You can't get to six seasons and a movie without a 6th season. Yahoo is the perfect home for the continuation of this journey."
The series is a Krasnoff-Foster Entertainment and Harmonious Claptrap production, in association with Universal Television and Sony Pictures Television.
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