Netflix Not Picking Up ‘Community,’ Dan Harmon Reacts to Cancellation

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UPDATE, 2:12p.m. 05/12: Community” creator Dan Harmon has also responded to fans’ campaigns. In a blog post on his Tumblr, he admitted that wasn’t enthusiastic about pursuing a sixth season of the show elsewhere after hearing the news of the cancellation.

“I will confess, however, that when Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the ‘eh’ column,” he wrote.

“But it doesn’t matter right now WHY I’d be lukewarm or if my reasons would be valid, what matters is, I won’t be lukewarm,” he went on. “I’ll heat up. I said ‘eh’ on a Friday afternoon, I will change it to a “sure, let’s talk” on Monday morning and Sony can do their thing. I’m not going to be the guy that recancels cancelled Community.”

The point he drove home to fans: “I honestly think you can totally sit back and relax for this chapter.”

PREVIOUS: Though Netflix is being inundated with fans requesting the streaming service pick up the recently canceled “Community,” a rep for the company disclosed Sunday that a pickup is not a possibility.

NBC canceled the Dan Harmon-produced show after five seasons, falling short of its fans’ quest for #SixSeasonsAndaMovie, as its fans took to declaring on social media. But since then, many have turned to Netflix to get another season in, particularly on Reddit.

One Reddit user on the /r/community board posted a rallying call for “Community” fans to use Netflix’s customer service live chat to urge the streaming service to pick up the show for a sixth season. Since then, “thousands” of fans have flooded the live chats, according to several customer service reps.

Some Netflix customer service reps seem to be encouraging the chatter, responding with hashtags such as “#savegreendale.” But a spokesperson for the company said the streaming service isn’t in negotiations for the series and is not picking it up.

A spokeswoman for Sony Pictures Television, which produces “Community,” declined comment.

Giving “Community” fans hope was the fact that Netflix has picked up a cult favorite before. “Arrested Development” found a new life on the streaming service after its three seasons were added to the Netflix library following its cancellation at Fox. The comedy found a huge following online, and convinced Netflix to create a fourth and final season of the show as an original.

The previous seasons of “Community” are on Hulu, not Netflix, as Sony struck a deal with Hulu long before the show’s cancellation.

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  1. Blind Jasper says:

    What do you mean Arrested Development’s fourth and FINAL season??? What does this author know that we don’t?

  2. Community is definitely on Netflix. At least in Canada. I’m staring at it right now.

  3. bitter trekkie says:

    At least Netflix could stream the existing episodes. They don’t even do that much.

    • Inspector Tiger says:

      They do, if you’re not american. Hulu has the rights to US online distribution of the show, as you would know if you’d read to the end of the article. If Netflix were to pick up the show and make a new season, it wouldn’t be available to stream in the states, hence why they won’t do it.

  4. Sam says:

    Where did you get the source for ‘ But a rep for the company said the streaming service isn’t in negotiations for the series.’ ? a lot of fans have seen these posts and have asked the reps and they don’t know what you’re referring to (see https://twitter.com/Geekiopath/status/465620433002561536/photo/1) or do you mean that there was a rep who doesn’t know whether it is going to be picked up and so you just take that and imply that it isn’t in negotiation for the series?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Wow man you’re seriously some random fan on twitter with an unverified screenshot over Variety, a global entertainment giant? Really?

  5. kidris90 says:

    No surprise here. Hulu has exclusive syndication rights online, making a Netflix pickup very tough. Hulu is still our best bet.

  6. Luke says:

    Can’t Netflix still buy the rights to the show?

  7. Elga N says:

    Who says that the 4th season of AD is the last one?

    • Chris says:

      Exactly! Mitch Hurwitz has said he is working on the AD movie right now, and wants to do another season. Everyone involved, including Netflix, said there is going to be more AD in the future.

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