NBC chairman defends decision to cancel ‘Community’

Robert Greenblatt says it 'didn't make sense' to keep comedy show on air

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt has defended the decision to cancel Community, stating that poor ratings were behind the end of the show on the network.

The US comedy was cancelled by broadcaster NBC earlier this year but will return after Yahoo Screen stepped in to revive it. Yahoo have committed to a 13-episode run for the sixth season, which is also expected to be its last.

Speaking about the end of the comedy on his network, Greenblatt said: “That sixth season thing was created by them [the fans] – I’m surprised they didn’t say ’10 seasons and a movie’. And [the mantra started] before my time [at NBC]. It didn’t just make sense for us to have another season of it at that level of audience.”

Moving on to the switch to Yahoo at the TCA Press Tour presentation, saying: “I don’t know if we’ll ever know how many will watch it on Yahoo… I’m curious if they’ll have a bigger audience with it than we did.”

The cult US comedy revolved around a motley crew of adult students at a community college in the fictional town of Greendale, Colorado and starred Donald Glover, Joel McHale and Alison Brie among others. The show’s UK home is on the Sony Entertainment Television channel.