According to new reports, Community season 5 is likely to happen next year.
UPDATE: NBC has officially renewed Community for season 5 with a 13 episode order.
Reportedly, the only hold up is nailing down exactly how many episodes the show would receive, though it should be at least 13.
In light of the show’s fourth season finale, there seems to be any number of directions the show could take. Both Jeff and Pierce graduated though we know that Joel McHale’s Jeff will almost certainly be back, while Chevy Chase’s Pierce will not be. New showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio mused after the first episode of the season that Fred Willard could be an option to replace the Pierce void in the study group. And though Jeff appears to be heading back to his high-profile lawyer job, his “Education” major offers some tantalizing possibilities.
The show’s ratings did pick up a tick for the finale, but the real factor here for renewal could very well have been NBC’s general performance as of late, especially now that they’ve announced the cancellation of Community’s Thursday night-mate Go On. They’ve wiped out a sizable chunk of their unsuccessful lineup for a second year in a row and need the promise of any show with even modest viewership on the schedule.
Regardless of the reasoning, it looks like we’re officially only one season and one movie away from #sixseasonsandamovie status.