When Community was cancelled last month, most people assumed that the show would be saved by streaming service Hulu. But this is no longer the case, as Hulu have exited negotiations with production company Sony.
TVLine are reporting that the talks, which have been ongoing for the past month, are no longer. However an ‘inside source’ says that “Sony does not give up easily,” hinting at a saviour for the show. Sony have a history of trying to keep their shows on air, so it is hardly out of character.
They have previously helped series such as Rules of Engagement and Til Death going for several years thanks to a determination to strike deals with their respecive networks, and even got Damages picked up by DirecTV after it was dropped by FX. They may not have been successful with Happy Endings, but they were dogged in attempting to find it a new home after ABC dropped the sitcom.
The show’s dream of ‘Six seasons and a movie’ is looking unlikely again and Sony really need to make a deal before June 30th, when the cast’s contracts expire if the show still has no home. TVLine‘s source does note that “A lot can happen in one week,” so they certainly seem confident, and places like Netflix have a reputation for this kind of revival, but the future remains unclear.