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|On May 10, 2013, NBC renewed Community for a fifth season consisting of 13 episodes. Season Four showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio and senior writer Megan Ganz have moved onto other projects. Show creator Dan Harmon and writer Chris McKenna returned to the show as the new co-showrunners. Not long after launching their Fall schedule, it was officially announced by NBC on October 18 that the show would return the following year as a mid-season replacement. "Community" will be airing back to back episodes at its regular 8:00 PM time slot starting on January 2, 2014. Sony Pictures Television (owner of "Community") negotiated its fifth season alongside a few other Sony helmed TV pilots NBC was interested in, including a drama called "The Blacklist" and a comedy titled "Welcome To The Family". Writers Megan Ganz, Steve Basilone, and Annie Mebane will not be returning for Season 5. Chevy Chase has also departed the series. It is explained his character's absence is due to a court order preventing him from being on school grounds and later his death. Season Four showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio, who had both signed one year deals, decided to move on to other projects. After some rumors that original showrunner Dan Harmon may be returning, it was finally made official by Harmon himself on his twitter account:|
Another return includes writer Chris McKenna who, according to Harmon, will be his co-showrunner. On May 12, 2013 NBC announced their 2013/2014 schedule and Community was absent from the fall lineup. The show is expected to remain on the bench until midseason though it could return earlier if a timeslot opens up.
On April 17, 2014, Season Five finished airing it's final episode "Basic Sandwich". The following month on May 9, NBC announced its Fall lineup and chose not to renew Community officially cancelling it. Creator Dan Harmon sent out a message to the cast, crew and fans of the show on his Twitter account:
After a month of negotiations with several different entities, Sony announced on June 30, 2014 that the online streaming service Yahoo Screen had picked the series up for a sixth season.
Th cast participated in a few interviews leading up to theI panel appearance at Comic Con.
Dan Harmon had an interview with Michael Ausiello of the online entertainment news site TV Line. Harmon revealed a few things to expect from Season Five. When asked about Donald Glover's reduced role this year, Harmon stated he has a story arc planned to deal with his limited appearances. Harmon also hinted that an all animated episode was in the works along with his desire to do a "disaster" themed episode and hints of possible developments for a particular pairing.
2013 Comic ConEditOn July 21, 2013 Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, and Ken Jeong all appeared at the annual San Diego Comic Con panel for Community. Dino Stamotopolous was there as well but Joel McHale and Donald Glover were absent. McHale did appear in a video package introducing the panel which was moderated by Chris Hardwick.
On August 14, Community writer Tim Sacardo tweeted a photo of the cast and crew doing a reading for the first episode of Season Five. On August 16 Dan Harmon tweeted the front of the script but covered up the name of the first episode. It's production code is #501 officially written by both Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna and directed by Tristram Shapeero. On November 4, the title was later revealed to be "Repilot" by actress Gillian Jacobs on a podcast interview of "Bullseye with Jesse Thorn".
On August 20, online entertainment news site TV Line reports that Rob Cordry will return in Season Five as Alan Conner, Jeff's old law firm colleague. Also, Entertainment Weekly reported that former "Breaking Bad" star Jonathan Banks will star in eleven of the upcoming thirteen episodes of Season Five as Annie's Criminology professor. On September 4, TV Guide reported that "Justified" star Walter Goggins will appear in Season Five as a mysterious character called "Mr. Stone". On September 11, the online news site Hollywood Reporter announced that "The Daily Show's" John Oliver will be reprising his role of Professor Ian Duncan in Season Five. He is scheduled to appear in at least six episodes. On September 18, 2013, the AV Club and Pop Culture Brain entertainment news sites announced that actor LeVar Burton will appear in Season Five. Burton posted pictures of his time on set which can be seen here. On October 3, it was announced by TV Line that Nathan Fillion would be guest starring on Community as a janitor called "Bob Waite" .
|On November 12, 2013 official promotional photos along with a teaser trailer for the upcoming season was released on line.
|Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs and Joel McHale appeared in bumper introductions for Sony Entertainment Television in promotion of Season Five. These appeared exclusively on the UK channel.|
Season Five episodesEdit
|"Repilot"||January 2, 2014|
|Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna
Jeff returns to Greendale to help his former law partner gather evidence for a lawsuit; thinking Jeff is planning to help save the school, Dean Pelton calls the study group back together.
|"Introduction to Teaching"||January 2, 2014|
|Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar - Written by: Andy Bobrow
Professor Hickey helps Jeff settle into his new job at Greendale; Abed convinces the study group to take a class focused on Nicolas Cage.
|"Basic Intergluteal Numismatics"||January 9, 2014|
|Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Erik Sommers
A campus investigation into a serial bandit leads to a surprising confession which Jeff finds suspicious.
|"Cooperative Polygraphy"||January 16, 2014|
|Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Alex Rubens
A man called Mr. Stone who has connections to Pierce administers a lie-detector test to the study group.
|"Geothermal Escapism"||January 23, 2014|
|Directed by: Joe Russo - Written by: Tim Saccardo
Abed stages an epic, high stakes competition in honor of Troy who is preparing to leave Greendale.
|"Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"||January 30, 2014|
|Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Monica Padrick
As Annie prepares the cafeteria for the midterm dance, she and Professor Hickey must deal with the head custodian, the head of I.T. and the head of parking.
|"Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality"||February 27, 2014|
|Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Dan Guterman
Jeff helps Duncan romance Britta; Britta runs into some old anarchist friends and discovers they've moved on; Abed accidentally destroys some of Hickey's drawings; Chang has a supernatural experience.
|"App Development and Condiments"||March 6, 2014|
|Directed by: Rob Schrab - Written by: Jordan Blum & Parker Deay
Dean Pelton lets two designers test their new social networking application at Greendale leading to the creation of a rank based society on campus.
|"VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing"||March 13, 2014|
|Directed by: Tristram Shapeero - Written by: Donald Diego
A hidden stash of textbooks is uncovered; Abed and Annie play a game to determine their new roommate.
|"Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons"||March 20, 2014|
|Directed by: Joe Russo - Written by: Matt Roller
The gang decides to help Professor Hickey reconnect with his son through a game of Dungeons & Dragons.
|"G.I. Jeff"||April 3, 2014|
|Directed by: Rob Schrab - Written by: Dino Stamatopoulos
The study group gets 'animated' in the vein of the 1980s 'G.I. Joe' series.
|"Basic Story"||April 10, 2014|
|Directed by: Jay Chandrasekhar - Written by: Carol Kolb
The Save Greendale Committee learns they did their job too well and now the school is up for sale.
|"Basic Sandwich"||April 17, 2014|
|Directed by: Rob Schrab - Written by: Ryan Ridley
The Save Greendale Committee goes on a treasure hunt to stop Subway's takeover of the school.
- The AV Club twitter
- [TV Line - Castle's Nathan Fillion enrolls in 'Community'
- Entertainment Weekly Jonathan Banks joining Community
- TV Line Rob Cordry to return to Community
- Donald Glover will spend less time on Community next season
- Dan Harmon/Chris McKenna to return to Community? Moses Port and David Guarascio not returning?
- Deadline-Community renewed
- Variety-Community’ Lands Renewal from NBC
- Deadline-‘Community’ Is Coming Back, Will Dan Harmon Return Too?
- Dan Harmon Is Officially Returning to Community
- Dan Harmon Talks 'Community' Return, Teases New Projects