The term “six seasons and a movie” was originally coined by Abed (Danny Pudi) on Dan Harmon‘s TV comedy Community. And throughout its struggles of Chevy Chase and Donald Glover leaving, Harmon being kicked out for only a season, and ratings decline, somehow Community was able to last five seasons, which is far more than anyone would think.
However, NBC decided not to renew the cult sitcom for another season, and thus fans’ hopes of seeing the “six seasons and a movie” were crushed. To make matters worse, those same fans had hoped the comedy series would be revived on Netflix, only to find out the online network didn’t have the rights to pick it up.
Now a glimmer of hope has emerged, as Hulu is in the running to bring the show back for its sixth season.
Nothing is set in stone as of this moment, but Deadline says that Sony Pictures TV and Hulu are in currently in negotiations to make this deal happen.
The reason why this may actually happen is because a cult show like Community thrives on a digital platform like Hulu. With Community‘s digital syndication deal already in place, there is even a greater chance of it appearing on Hulu. The online streaming service has started to produce original content of their own in order to compete with other networks, especially digital networks like Netflix. And with Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins vowing to quadruple the streaming service’s investment in original content over the next year, adding a comedy like Community would definitely help him do that.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a Sony Pictures TV series would be cancelled, only to be revived on other networks. Damages, Rules of Engagement, and Drop Dead Diva, were all canned by FX, CBS, and Lifetime, respectively. However, they have all had success post-cancellation thanks to Sony brokering deals with DirecTV and other networks.