Shirley sadly won't be returning to Community next season. TV Guide reports that Yvette Nicole Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the show's 2009 premiere — has officially left the cast prior to the filming of its sixth season on Yahoo. According to the report, Brown asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons, and both Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna honored her request.
Brown told TV Guide she decided to leave to take care of her ailing father: "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do [...]
Community 's sixth season won't be here until sometime after Christmas, but in the meantime Yahoo released the above delightfully retro teaser for the new season that certainly sets some lofty expectations for next year, even promising that it will be rebuilt, improved, and hold the title of TV's first bionic show ever.
"These are bad pitches and Dan should never take them, but I just thought there's gotta be something you can battle for — what's the throne between City College and Greendale?"
- Actor/writer Jim Rash toys with the idea of a Game of Thrones-themed Community episode in a new interview with TV Line, in which he also discusses the show's NBC cancellation and his part in the upcoming Adult Swim series Mike Tyson Mysteries.
While all might have seemed lost for a sixth season of Community since its cancellation in May, The Wrap reports that a surprise last minute deal has been made for the cult NBC hit to come back in the form of a 13-episode season on Yahoo Screen. "I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," Dan Harmon said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!"
Community was canceled earlier this month, but star Gillian Jacobs has already lined up her next TV job. Jacobs will play a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of HBO's Girls, TV Line reports. Her character is named Mimi-Rose Howard, and she makes her first appearance in the fifth episode (called "Mimi-Rose") of the 10-episode season, which is set to premiere in 2015. Jacobs is the second Community to star to appear on Girls following Donald Glover's two-episode stint on the show in season two, and she's the first Community star to line up a new gig following that show's demise.