Community Season 6 Gets Premiere Date on Yahoo! Screen (Watch Promo)

Community Season 6 Yahoo

It was announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that Community will christen its new Yahoo! Screen home on March 17, with two episodes, and then release a new one each Tuesday thereafter.

Addressing the release plan, series creator Dan Harmon said, “There wasn’t any talk” of following an all-at-once binge-watchable schedule. Rather, “I feel in my old school bones that this is the right way to do it. Maybe old school is the best school? It is for rap.” Plus, as star Joel McHale noted, “The episodes are 70 hours apiece.”

Watch this “promo” for Season 6, then read on for more highlights from the show’s TCA panel, which also featured EP Chris McKenna, Gillian Jacobs and Ken Jeong:

* Despite its new, online home, McHale maintained that “the show is still the show — other than Paget being unattractive and Keith’s voice sucks,” referencing new cast members Paget Brewster and Keith David. (Of onetime guest star Brewster’s return to comedy, McHale quipped, “She was hilarious on Criminal Minds!”)

* Since Yvette Nicole Brown won’t be back (opting instead for the shorter hours of CBS’ multi-cam Odd Couple reboot, as she cares for her sick father), Shirley’s absence will be explained in the first episode – but Harmon was mum on details. “There’s a satisfaction to the consumption of it that I don’t want to spoil.”

* Elsewhere on the casting front, the “bad news,” Harmon noted, is that John Oliver is unlikely to show up, nor is Jonathan Banks (now busy with Better Call Saul). As for Donald Glover possibly returning as Troy, he said, “I pray [he] will come down my chimney.”

* Addressing Chevy Chase’s recent claim that he would pop back up as Pierce Hawthorne, Harmon deadpanned, “I think he was talking about Season 4.” Then playing coy, he said that if a dead man were to somehow be resurrected, “You would want to keep that secret. You wouldn’t want to run into [TCA] and say, ‘I’ve created life!'”

* Thus far, Harmon and McKenna have focused on character and story, rather than tackling any new “concept “(e.g. paintball, 8-bit videogame) episodes. “I do retain hope of doing something extravagant, if I can manage the budget… in the last couple episodes.” Harmon said. “But I don’t want to force it.” (That said, Harmon shared that he’s actually working with a slightly larger budget than during the show’s final days at NBC. Thus, “We’re shooting outside for the first time in years.” A new director of photography meanwhile has lent the show “a more cinematic” look versus being a brightly overlit sitcom.)

* With no Nielsen ratings and 0.8-versus-0.7 fluctuations to fret over every morning after, “That corset loosens a little bit” in a way that “there’s a bit more British-ness to the humor,” Harmon said. “It’s a bit freer.” And maybe bawdier? “F—k yeah!” McHale declared. “You’ll see me topless.” In truth, Harmon said that while the new platform makes it “very easy to corrupt the tone of the show, I don’t want to make the mistake of making the show unrecognizable.”

* Harmon is not approaching Season 6 as the show’s swan song. “My sixth-grade mentality about it is this show has lived by the sword of its intimate relationship with the fans, and needs to die by that sword. Only when people stop watching would I ever want to stop making the product.”

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  1. Elf says:

    What were this hoodie were a time hoodie…

    So I could go ahead to March 17th and watch this.

  2. Et al says:

    Saint Patrick’s Day is going to be the best October 19th ever!

  3. audrey horne says:

    Wow that’s a long wait.

  4. Uh, the video is a 3 minute video about iTunes…?

  5. Very cool stuff to learn about the new series. I do hope they go for at least eight seasons to make up for the shortened seasons. And if they do a high concept episode, it has to involve super heroes, comic books, AND The Cape as a nod to the origins of where #sixseasonsandamovie came from.

  6. R.O.B. says:

    How much does Yahoo!Screen cost? Is it as awesome as their search engine? Do you get free 2-day shipping?

  7. Angela says:

    Of onetime guest star Brewster’s return to comedy, McHale quipped, “She was hilarious on Criminal Minds!”
    Hehe :D (hey, all joking aside, he’s right, though, she was. For such a dark series, she had some very fun, amusing moments with her teammates on that show).
    Cute promo. Getting such a kick out of seeing Paget in it, and looking excited to be part of the cast. I love it when my fandoms are so easily connected :).
    So happy to have an official date for the show’s return! I too hope for a surprise appearance by Troy (and hey, if Pierce and Shirley can manage to someone pop in and say hi, even if only by, like, phone call or something in Shirley’s case, and whatever wacky method they come up with for Pierce, I’m all for it). Shame to hear about Oliver and Banks, but understandable given their other commitments. So long as the rest of the main gang is there, though, that’s all that truly matters, and I look very forward to seeing them again, as well as seeing how Paget and Keith fit in. Can’t wait.

  8. Anna says:

    I wasn’t gonna watch this show but then they mentioned the unicorns and I like unicorns, so that’s settled then.

  9. Ram510 says:

    Thats a very different looking promo picture

  10. hello says:

    Happy now, thought we would have to wait until fall

  11. MB says:

    Why the hell is Britta dressed like somebody’s dad in that promo picture?

  12. Joey Padron says:

    Happy new season finally got a premiere date! New promo is good. Good highlights from their panel. Excited to see new episodes!

  13. Since says:

    Disappointed that John Oliver isn’t returning. Otherwise – YAY! Can’t wait!

  14. dman6015 says:

    I’m glad he decided not to pull a Netflix and release everything at once. Binge watching is just a terrible way to view a show.

  15. Chrissa says:

    THE WAIT IF FINALLY (almost) OVER! I’m so excited! Too bad Troy and Shirley aren’t coming back, though. :(