Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Hope To Run Out Of Steam

Sorta bad, sorta expected news: Community's sixth season was its last.  At least, that's what star Joel McHale says.

[Yahoo] 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

Not surprising.  I wasn't aware of the economics of the show at Yahoo (where it spent its sixth season), but with an already fractured cast, it seemed they couldn't afford to lose even one more of the original Study Group Seven.  Yahoo will not confirm it's over, but I find it hard to believe this is just a negotiating tactic.

I'm not that disappointed.  For one thing, the show ran longer than anyone had a right to expect. If it had been canceled after year one it wouldn't have been a surprise.  Furthermore, as I've explained, the real Community lasted only three seasons.  Everything after that, even when it was good, was only a partial version of the show.

Not that this is the end.  The rallying cry of fans has long been Six Seasons And A Movie.  And I get the feeling the cast and creator Dan Harmon are game for that movie.  The only question is will anyone put up the money.


Blogger ColumbusGuy said...

Does McHale speak the truth? I would have guessed only Alison Brie was commanding any moohla.

5:14 PM, August 05, 2015  
Blogger LAGuy said...

He may be overdoing it a bit, but their contract is up and they're all arguably players, so I think there's something to it.

10:11 PM, August 05, 2015  

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