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

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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