Deadline reports that Hulu is in preliminary talks with Sony Pictures TV to bring fans new installments of the cult comedy series.
While these talks are simply in the preliminary stage, both sides are very interested in reaching a deal, including Community creator Dan Harmon. Harmon has gradually warmed up to the idea of reviving the series, telling press that he is “not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.”
Sony TV has a very successful track record with bringing cancelled series back from the dead. The network successfully managed to revive acclaimed drama Damages, moving the series from FX to DirecTV. Sony TV has also found success returning canceled series to their original networks as seen through series such as Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and CBS’ Unforgettable (both which have aired multiple seasons since their revival).
As Hulu continues to expand its original programming line-up, landing a large fan-favorite series would help put the streaming site on the map. Hulu would be the perfect landing spot for Community, as the digital platform currently owns the exclusive digital rights to the series’ first five seasons.
Should Hulu and Sony TV reach a deal, Community would join a growing list of original content from the streaming service including The Awesomes, Deadboat, East Los High and the upcoming Real Housewives parody The Hotwives of Orlando.