Much like Jason Voorhees from the “Friday the 13th” franchise, the TV show “Community” continues to look like it is dead at the end of each season, only to inexplicably rise again. The show has lost three of its stars (Chevy Chase, Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown), its showrunner Dan Harmon was fired (after a very public feud with Chase) and brought back, and the show had survived NBC’s chopping block more times than I can recall.
Then last spring, NBC finally dropped the ax in an attempt at forever killing off the show before its foretold prophecy of “six seasons and a movie” came to fruition. Then something called “Yahoo Screen” swept in at the zero hour and revived the show against all odds. Not only that, but it offered the now-Web only series pretty much the same budget it had while under NBC, thus not affecting production costs.
Now free of conventional time slots, “Community” will now be available to watch at anytime the viewer finds acceptable. Granted, I only watched the show streaming on Hulu (and I’m guessing, much of the show’s fanbase does as well). So it seems Web-based streaming was a pretty obvious choice for this show to survive.
The announcement video features the cast and Harmon talking about how we, the viewer, already know who they are and they do not need to remind us who they are for more than a minute. It’s a very “Community” way of informing us that the show will continue to metaphorically stalk the Camp Crystal Lake’s of our imagination in a hockey mask and slay the camp counselors that represent our sense of humor with meta jokes.
The season debut is March 17 with a 13-episode run. Also, Chase has said he will return for a cameo as well.