Another huge American comedy series comes up for sale shortly which will determine where the series streams from May 2021 onwards. Netflix has various relationships with members of the cast which we’ll take you through below.
Netflix is set to lose two massive sitcoms over the course of the next couple of years with Friends leaving in January 2020 and The Office in January 2021. Netflix has made the move to replace one of them with them picking up Seinfeld in 2021.
As Deadline reports, Community’s global streaming rights are set to be up for sale and Netflix could be in a prime position to bid for it. The rights come up globally from May 2021.
The series which had a rollercoaster ride on NBC back in the early 2010s eventually found its way onto the doomed Yahoo streaming service. Six seasons in total were released and launched the careers of Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash, and Donald Glover.
At the moment, the series is on Hulu which is coincidentally where Seinfeld currently airs too. Community used to be on Netflix in the United Kingdom before moving to 4oD.
As Deadline recounts, HBO Max have already made significant investments in the genre with them picking up The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men. Apple have yet to really get their claws on any old library content.
The reason we think Netflix will be in the running is two-fold. One, they have a good working relationship with Sony TV having just acquired Seinfeld. And secondly, the service has multiple ties to the cast.
In Joel McHales now doomed talk show, one of the segments included a special Community mention. They joked that the movie could soon be on the horizon.
Alison Brie has appeared in multiple Netflix projects with GLOW and Bojack Horseman being the most prolific. Jim Rash worked on Beyond Stranger Things and Gillian Jacobs on Netflix’s Love.
We will hear who has won the streaming rights to Community over the coming weeks. Do you hope Netflix will be in the running? Let us know in the comments.