The bad news: Joel McHale seems very confident that Community won’t have a seventh season.
The good news: It’s just another step towards #6SeasonsAndAMovie becoming a reality.
In a new interview with Metro Weekly, McHale revealed that Community won’t be receiving a season 7 because the contracts for the stars would need to be re-negotiated. The actor thinks the deals can’t be re-upped because they’ve become too expensive for Yahoo! to afford.
“All of our contracts were up after six years,” he said, reminding us that that Yahoo! deal only worked because they still had an option for a sixth season. “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.”
Yahoo! has yet to share viewership numbers for the much-hyped sixth season of Community, so no one knows how popular the latest batch of episodes really were for the website. While there was a lot of excitement around Yahoo! saving the series after NBC canceled it, anticipation dwindled as time went on.
Community fans have long hoped that Dan Harmon’s “six seasons and a movie” plan would pan out, and McHale still thinks it’s a possibility.
“I really do think there’ll be a movie,” McHale said to Esquire in a separate interview recently. “What has to happen is that Dan [Harmon] needs to write the script. It’s a tall order for someone. ‘Go write a brilliant movie script on a beloved show that you’ve been writing for six years. Go! Just go ahead and do that!’ I don’t think that is something that’s like, ‘Let me just have a long weekend.’ The cast would do it. We would all do it.”
Of course, the cast would also have to be happy with their salary. Would a studio offer them big enough paydays to make it a reality?