Sleeping with Other People – On Set
They can cancel ‘Community,’ but they can’t kill it.
After talks about a potential online resurrection on Hulu fell through, the cult TV comedy has been rescued by an unlikely source, Yahoo, multiple outlets reported Monday evening. The show’s future remained in limbo after it was cancelled back in April following its fifth season.
One step away from fulfilling the “six seasons and a movie” rally cry (and ensuing social media movement), the show is signed on to appear on Yahoo Screen. Additionally, creator and showrunner Dan Harmon will be returning, as well stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “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, BangBus!”
After struggling through a Harmon-less season four and a truncated fifth season that ultimately marked its expiration date on NBC, “Community” appeared to have reached the end of its lifespan. With critics starting to cool on the show and ratings failing to improve upon its meager traditional metrics, “Community” was no longer a feasible option for network TV.
On Comedy Bang! Bang!, the show is getting a talk show makeover. Plus, Community and Mad Men star Alison Brie reveals the secrets of her acting process. Will that be enough to get her cast in the new film that a German film director plans to make? Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian and Larry Miller all guest star.
“Community” actress Alison Brie is in talks to star in the New Line comedy “How to Be Single.”
Lily Collins is also on board with Christian Ditter directing.
Based on the Liz Tuccillo novel, the story centers on a woman living in New York and searching for love. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn have penned the adaptation, with Dana Fox working on the latest draft.
Michael Disco and Dave Neustadter are overseeing “How to Be Single” for New Line.
Best known for her TV work on “Mad Men” and the recently canceled “Community,” Brie has a handful of bigscreen projects coming out this next year. She co-stars in the Warner Bros. comedy “Get Hard” opposite Will Ferrell and indie “Sleeping With Other People” with Jason Sudeikis.
There is a glimmer of hope that there could be a sixth season of cult comedy series Community. I have learned that Hulu is in talks with Community producer Sony Pictures TV for more original installments of the show, which was cancelled by NBC earlier this month.
Sources stress that conversations are preliminary and is unclear whether they would lead to a deal, but I hear there is will on both sides. That includes Community creator Dan Harmon, who confessed on his blog that he had warmed up to the possibility of continuing the show elsewhere, changing his stance from “eh” when Sony TV called him with the news of the series’ cancellation by NBC to “sure, let’s talk” two days later. Said Harmon, “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.”
With its devoted following by a core group of passionate fans, Community is the type of show digital platforms crave. Complicating the series’ options is the fact that it has a digital syndication deal in place with Hulu, in addition to a cable off-network pact with Comedy Central. That makes Hulu a perfect home for the comedy as it is the kind of streaming service where a show like Community would do best and because it already carries the series’ library via an existing agreement with Sony.
Bringing in TV talent to poke fun at VIP celebrity culture seems to be boosting Smirnoff’s brand perception among US consumers. The Vodka maker’s latest ad campaign, ‘Exclusively for everybody’, has led more Americans aged 21+ – women in particular – to say that they would consider buying Smirnoff next time they’re purchasing vodka.
‘The Party’ kicked off in April, featuring Adam Scott and Alison Brie throwing a house party that includes a VIP area, a bouncer and a pretentious barman. The six 30-second spots tell the story of two friends planning and hosting a party while making fun of the elements that get in the way of a good time. A follow-up commercial, ‘The Ride Home’ shows Alison taking a limo to the house opposite with the message to ‘get home safely.’ The spots were directed by Russo Brothers, who were behind the TV shows Arrested Development and Captain America.
Smirnoff’s US brand director, Dan Kleinman, said the campaign aimed to bring a ‘fresh voice’ to vodka. “Smirnoff was created to be enjoyed by everyone, from Czars and Hollywood stars to you and your friends in the bar down the street. We want to celebrate that we’re there for good times, wherever and however they occur,” he said.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will independently finance and co-produce romantic comedy “Sleeping With Other People,” starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie.
IM Global is selling international rights to the project at Cannes. Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne have also been cast.
“Sleeping” was first unveiled at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival with Sudeikis and Kirsten Dunst in the lead roles and Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”) directing from her own script. At that point, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum were on board to produce via the Gary Sanchez label.
Dunst later departed the project and was replaced by “Community” and “Mad Men” star Brie.
After five years, “Community” has finally come to an end.
The NBC series has officially been canceled and its April 17 Season 5 finale has now become the series finale.
Episode 5.13 – Basic Sandwich
When everyone learns about Greendale’s first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.
Lest all those utterances of “six seasons and a movie” be lost in time, like tears in Internet comment boards, some serious discussion has begun about fulfilling Community’s blood oath by whatever means necessary. Last week, Dan Harmon told HitFix he believed in the “shamanism” inherent in the throwaway joke that’s since become the show’s mantra, believing he’s now predestined, through powers beyond his control, to not only see the series through that sixth season, but also to make the movie. “If the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure,” Harmon said, sounding, as always, both invigorated and a little insane. “The title of the book about the show is not Community, An Interesting Journey Into A Show No One Ever Watched. The title of the book is obviously going to be, Six Seasons And A Movie. So it’s already over.”
Now TV Guide says there has been some actual talk about that movie—and particularly about who might also be there, overseeing things in Harmon’s basement—reporting that there’s been some consideration about bringing in Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to helm the fated film. Lin, of course, directed several Community episodes, including the episode that actually made paintball cool again (without saying that out loud). And if he’s unavailable, the article reminds that the show also has former executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who recently graduated to Captain America, as well as Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasekhar. So, plenty of people with feature film experience for destiny to lay its icy hand upon.