"Community" has been a great career launchpad for its likable, talented cast, but the downside of that is -- after six seasons -- TV can't afford them anymore. That's show star Joel McHale's take on it, when talking to Metro Weekly about the move from NBC to Yahoo and the (slim) possibility of a Season 7.
Here's that portion of the Q&A:
MW: Is it getting another season on Yahoo?
McHALE: No. They wanted to. But all of our contracts were up after six years. All the actors on the show, almost without exception — their stock has risen significantly and it's out of the pay rate that is affordable to make the show. So you're not going to be able to get Alison Brie or Gillian Jacobs at a normal television salary anymore. There is just not enough money to be able to pay for the show.
That started making the Internet rounds as "Community has been canceled!" but Yahoo hasn't canceled the show ... yet. Here's a statement from them (via Deadline): "We've seen tremendous value in our partnership with Sony and are continuing to discuss future opportunities for Community."
Joel also clarified his comments on Twitter:
Easy sugar-bear, Community is not canceled. #QuestionMarkSeasonsAndaMovie
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) August 4, 2015
Yahoo may make an official cancellation notice at some point, though. Showrunner Dan Harmon told The Hollywood Reporter that a movie is more likely to happen than Season 7, seeming to echo Joel's cast comments:
I think it has to do with talent contracts. We've got a lot of very talented people whose contracts have run out, and they get to explore the world and see what comes of it. In that kind of situation, anybody coming to those people and rounding them up like the Magnificent Seven and saying, 'Who wants to do a movie?' — I think the chance of getting a 'Yes' to that is much higher than, 'Who wants to come back to Vietnam — the war's not over yet.' I think the idea of a movie just sounds more fun and also sounds like it has a hard out in terms of schedule."
There was movie talk before Season 6 got the green light, so it's still possible Season 7 will happen (with new one-season contracts). If not, maybe there will be a fun full-cast movie. Or do you think they should just quit while they're ahead and let this be the end?
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