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NBC's 'Community' canceled after five seasons

It came, it went, and came back again, but it looks like Community has finally seen its last day at NBC. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the meta-humor series' fifth season is its final.

NBC’s ‘Community’ canceled after five seasons

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This TV publicity image released by NBC shows, from left, Danny Pudi as Abed, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Donald Glover as Troy, Alison Brie as Annie, Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Gillian Jacobs as Britta in a scene from season four of "Community."  NBC said Monday, June 10, 2013, that show creator Dan Harmon will be joined by another former "Community" producer, Chris McKenna.Harmon was replaced as showrunner for season four after a clash with then-cast member Chevy Chase. (AP Photo/NBC, Vivian Zink)
This TV publicity image released by NBC shows, from left, Danny Pudi as Abed, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, Donald Glover as Troy, Alison Brie as Annie, Joel McHale as Jeff Winger, Gillian Jacobs as Britta in a scene from season four of "Community." NBC said Monday, June 10, 2013, that show creator Dan Harmon will be joined by another former "Community" producer, Chris McKenna.Harmon was replaced as showrunner for season four after a clash with then-cast member Chevy Chase. (AP Photo/NBC, Vivian Zink) AP

It came, it went, and came back again, but it looks like Community has finally seen its last day at NBC. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the meta-humor series’ fifth season is its final. The finale aired on April 17.

The show’s creator, Dan Harmon, originally exited the show due to issues with the network, but returned for the final season, which attracted a consistently mild audience:

“Harmon returned to serve as showrunner for the fifth season of the beleaguered comedy, which averaged a 1.1 in the adults 18-49 demo and 3 million total viewers, both off slightly vs. season four. With DVR, the series grew to a 1.5 and 3.7 million total viewers -- both modest upticks for the show that was used as a midseason replacement for the second time.

The series weathered a rocky fourth season after Harmon and EP Chris McKenna's exit. David Guarascio and Moses Port were brought in to serve as showrunners following Harmon's firing and devoted fans of the series complained that the beloved show had lost its voice.” 

Before its cancellation, fans of the show started a social media campaign using the hashtag #SixSeasonsAndAMovie, in hopes of ensuring a long life for the TV show.

One of Community’s stars Joel McHale previously told fans that there would be a sixth season. At PaleyFest in March he said, "We know there's going to be a sixth season or else you'll probably show up with pitchforks and torches." So does this mean it will get the Netflix treatment?

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