Perhaps taking a cue from Netflix's (NASDAQ: NFLX) revival of cult series Arrested Development, Hulu is reportedly in talks with Sony Pictures Television to produce more episodes of Community, a show with a devoted following that was recently canceled by NBC.
Reactions across the Web are almost as plentiful as the initial reaction around the series' cancellation. "With its devoted following by a core group of passionate fans, Community is the type of show digital platforms crave," wrote Deadline's Nellie Andreeva.
"If by chance an agreement were reached, it would push the show past the 100-episode milestone (it's at 97), and, of course, bring it one crucial step closer to fulfilling fans' rally cries of 'six seasons and a movie,'" Dan Snierson of Entertainment Weekly wrote. Hulu would likely order 13 new episodes if a deal goes through, he said.
Series creator Dan Harmon said in a blog post that he's open to making more episodes, but bringing the series back may be difficult.
Community's fifth season averaged a 1.6 rating (including DVR time shifting) and around 3.8 million viewers.
Neither Hulu nor Sony would comment on the report, and according to both Deadline and EW, another source stressed caution about the status of the talks or any deal.
Community could have an easier time shifting to Hulu than to other online video providers. Sony Pictures already has a digital syndication deal in place with Hulu, so the service already has the series' current library available to its subscribers. The program would be a high-profile addition to the original series that Hulu already plans to add to its lineup.
Now can they look at resurrecting Enlisted and maybe even the late, lamented Firefly?
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