Joel McHale: Even Obama Couldn’t Save Community

When NBC canceled Community after five seasons last month, the show’s obsessive fans were up in arms. But things got hopeful when it appeared that Hulu might step in an save the show, giving it a sixth season through its online streaming service.

Now, according to a new report from TVLine, talks between Sony Pictures Television, which owns the show, and Hulu have broken down. With the actors’ contracts expiring in just a few days on June 30, it will take something of a miracle to keep the beloved show going at this point.

When Variety caught up with Community’s de facto lead Joel McHale at the premiere of his new film Deliver Us From Evil, he expressed his disappointment in the new developments.

“Our ratings were good compared to the other NBC comedies,” McHale said. “After President Obama asked me if it was coming back or not at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, I really thought, ‘well this seems to be in the zeitgeist.’”

McHale hosted this year’s event honoring the White House Press Corps, and apparently thought the private endorsement from the president carried more weight.

As for the possibility of raising money on Kickstarter for a Community movie, a la Veronica Mars, McHale joked, “You’re going to need a lot of money. If there’s a movie made, we need like $200 million. This thing has to be better looking than Gravity.”

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