Community Season 6 Will Debut in March; Expect Both New and Familiar Faces, But No Theme Episodes (or Chevy Chase)

The darkest timeline is finally coming to an end. Yahoo held a panel for Community's highly anticipated sixth season during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday, and it finally has a premiere date: The Greendale gang, give or take a few members, will make its debut on Yahoo Screen on Tuesday, March 17.

Season 6 will launch with two new episodes; after that, Yahoo will release one new episode per week. Series creator Dan Harmon told reporters there was never a discussion about releasing the entire season at once, the way Netflix does with its original programming. “That feels to me like the right way to do it,” he said. “Maybe old school is the best school.”

Here's everything we learned during the panel, which featured Harmon, writer Chris McKenna, and stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, and Ken Jeong:


THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE SEASONS: "It will be weird when we're canceled by the internet," Harmon joked about whether Community will continue after Season 6. He said he's "definitely not writing it as if it's the end," but so far Yahoo has not ordered additional episodes. 


SAYING GOODBYE TO FAMILIAR FACES: You may recall that Yvette Nicole Brown announced in September that she's leaving the series; as a result, Shirley will be written out in the first episode. However, the door is open for the character to return in the future. Harmon couldn't say whether or not we'd see her this season, but did confirm that John Oliver and Jonathan Banks won't appear because of their commitments to Last Week Tonight and Better Call Saul, respectively—though the writers are hoping to bring them back for guest spots. Harmon also said that he prays to the gods nightly so that "Donald Glover will come down my chimney and come back to the show."


NO SPECIAL EPISODES: Community will be taking a break from themed episodes in Season 6 in order to explore the characters and their backstories. "There's just a bunch of Community themed episodes," joked Harmon, who said he still has hope they'll be able to do something cool again in the future.


NEW CHARACTERS: As previously announced, Season 6 will welcome two new series regularsPaget Brewster and Keith David. Brewster's character is a problem solver who's been hired to fix Greendale's problems. David's character is a computer programmer who wasted a lot of time on virtual reality technology in the '90s. He sacrificed a lot of his personal life for the sake of his career and is now starting over. Harmon said he wanted the newcomers to feel “like classic Community characters.”


THE INTERNET IS FOR PORN: Because the show is no longer airing on TV, Harmon says there's been a "natural loosening of the corset" and that it feels a bit freer. But because Yahoo! is not subscriber-based, the show will be ad supported. "The entire sixth season takes place in a Honda," joked Harmon.


CHEVY CHASE: "I think he was talking about Season 4," Harmon quipped when asked to weigh in on Chevy Chase's recent remarks that he's returning to Community. "If something like [resurrecting Pierce] were to happen, you'd want to keep it a secret."


Yahoo! has also released a promo for the show in which the cast teases the new episodes, and yes it includes a few sick burns on NBC. Check it out below:


Community Season 6 debuts Tuesday, March 17 on Yahoo Screen.


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Jan 15, 2015
All I have to say is thank god they flooded last season with so many theme episodes that it felt like we weren't getting enough of the normal character driven stuff.
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Jan 14, 2015
Good, all the theme episodes last season felt really alienating to anyone that either wasn't familiar with the source material or wasn't in love with it. Community should be totally balls to the wall silly and out of this world, but not every single episode, it got to be too much.
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Jan 14, 2015
I'm personally very about this part: but did confirm that John Oliver and Jonathan Banks won't appear because of their commitments to Last Week Tonight and Better Call Saul, respectively, but the writers are hoping to bring them back for guest spots. I liked them both, occassionally, but not full time. Love community though, hope they bring it back to it's quality from the first seasons. And also that the give Jeff's live a purpose again, which i thought was 1 of the biggest mistakes. It was just like, o i am not a good lawyer anymore, come i will teach at my community school... Because, well it isnt my dream job but what the heck.
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Jan 14, 2015
Thank god, no more themed episodes. I want to see more depth, I don't want the comedy to be theme-related
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Jan 14, 2015
I'm cautiously optimistic. This season will show if there's still steam in the engine. If not, aim for a movie (we got the "six seasons" part) and wrap things up.

We will always have the first three seasons.
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Jan 14, 2015
I wonder how Abed will feel about a cast member of The Cape being around him.
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Jan 14, 2015
As long as the Koogler makes an appearance, it's all good.
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Jan 14, 2015
It can only go up in my mind. I really don't hold much hope for the show anymore. I would hope that most just can't say "Dan Harmon, Dan Harmon" and expect it'll be good again. It's definitely a shell of itself and I'll still give it a chance but just find a dynamic and stick with it. I'm not sure about the "backstory" idea since what works best in Community is what is done at Greendale in my opinion and how the group works together. I hold hope not having theme eps since it'll focus on the group I guess.
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Jan 14, 2015
That teaser showed everyone BUT Keith David :(
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Jan 14, 2015
They all look so much older here. Not in a bad way, just unexpected.
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Jan 14, 2015
Well, that's late. Even though they lost a lot of blood, still glad new episodes are coming. I like Paget, she'll be interesting to watch on this. I'd love to see more theme episodes if only they were gonna be like the ones from the first 3 seasons.

They were not kidding about ad-support by the way, the second i finished watching the promo, a Honda ad popped up!
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Jan 13, 2015
Honestly, I just wanna see Community run around for a while off a network leash. I've come to terms with reality & I no longer really pine for the old days. (except to myself...I know the shark wasn't originally meant to be jumped, but like it or not, jumped it was)
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Jan 13, 2015
Character development on Community is scaring considering the cast drops like flies.
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Jan 13, 2015
So was the subliminal message of that promo that one must like Gillian and Alison? Because that's my feeling after watching the video.
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Jan 13, 2015
I for one welcome a break from the theme episodes. Call me crazy, but I really miss the earlier episodes from season one and season 2 where the show was actually about people going to a community college
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Jan 13, 2015
even though I thought some 'theme' episodes were done just to get attention, it's pretty much what people enjoy about Community.. not doing them will seem weird.

the whole thing about it being free with ads doesn't really mean they couldn't have added some sort of payment thing, even YouTube has that option.. I mean, yeah free is better, but don't make it seem like it's because Yahoo isn't Hulu lol
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Jan 13, 2015
Ohhhh, maybe THIS is why they never did promos. That was not a good promo at all. That wasn't even a good Facebook video for a fan site. It was a cute premise but badly cut together and awkwardly shot.

Hopefully the ads get way better, people need to know how to find it and know it's coming back in a much bigger way.
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Jan 14, 2015
Come on, the "October 19th in February" promo for season 4 was great. Of course, that made the ensuing disappointment even worse.
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Jan 14, 2015
It was a bit awkward, except for the dean. And Chang did not miss the oppurtinity.
-Here! Here!
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Jan 13, 2015
Didn't Paget already appear in that random episode last season that also featured Nathan Fillion, Kumail Nanjiani, and a few others? Ah well, still good to see new faces! And who didn't love Keith David on the short lived Enlisted? Can't wait for the new season to start up! Thank God February is a short month!
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Jan 13, 2015
Thank god the themed episodes are not in as big of a role as they were on season 5. It felt like season 5 had a normal season's worth of theme episodes and it got really... Yeah. The theme episodes are great, sure, but they can overwhelm a season in my opinion.

Getting a bit more excited for this season. I have to admit that the hype train was pretty much still at the station before these news. I have to admit that even though I've only ever seen Paget Brewster on Criminal Minds and in small guest role in... Two and a Half Men... I'm still looking forward to seeing what they do with her character :)

Now all we need is a movie script! Get on it, Dan Harmon!
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Jan 13, 2015
My theory is that Harmon can't write any super-wacky episodes for Community now that Rick & Morty has sucked that part of his mind dry.
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Jan 13, 2015
Calendar's marked.
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Jan 13, 2015
I'm kind of glad they'll be getting away from the themed episodes. I mean, while a lot of them were enjoyable, I felt like the show started to rely on them too much.

Also, I'm still bummed there's no Donald Glover. The show took a noticeable downturn after he left, because the Abed-Troy relationship was the beating heart of the show.

All that being said though, still psyched for Community to return. I can't wait to see what it'll be like on Yahoo!
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Jan 14, 2015
I suppose the theme stuff might've started to feel that way after the first 3 seasons. Season 4 basically had no direction whatsoever. So they started to rely on some rather immoderate theme episodes. They weren't much different in the last season too.
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Jan 14, 2015
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Jan 13, 2015
Agreed. The theme episodes were fantastic, but far too frequent, and I feel the writers just kept using them as a continuous crutch to distract people from seeing they didn't really have much ongoing material to work with.
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Jan 13, 2015
The themed episodes are a big part of why I love the show as much as I do, but I'm actually perfectly fine with them doing away with them this season, especially since the more "normal" episodes of Community can still be very enjoyable. Besides, I'm just happy that we get any new Community episodes.
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