Yahoo Screen and the online services saving your favourite TV shows

Community fans breathed a sigh of relief this morning as the new kid in town, Yahoo Screen, announced a sixth series and possible movie


Community fans breathed a deep sigh of relief this morning, waking up to the news that their favourite sitcom was to be revived by Yahoo Screen. The latest player on the online streaming scene has picked up the cancelled NBC sitcom for a brand new series of thirteen episodes with the show’s creator Dan Harmon on board as an executive producer, despite being sacked by the show’s original network after the third season.


Community stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi and Ken Jeong have already signed up to return as the show inches closer to its “six seasons and a movie”.

So, what is Yahoo Screen, we hear you ask? The online streaming service has previously played host to comedy, current events and viral videos and is no stranger to original programming, having produced three series of Burning Love – a scripted comedy produced by Ben Stiller.

Originally launched in 2011 as a rebranded version of Yahoo Video, the service has today joined the ranks of established streaming services serving as a last resort for aggrieved television fans. But who else has the power to bring back our favourite shows?

Netflix has long been making a name for its original content. The leader in the field has won Emmys and acclaim for its remake of House of Cards as well as new series such as Orange is the New Black, Hemlock Grove and Lilyhammer.

But the premium service is also in the market for revivals. The announcement of a fourth series of Arrested Development in June 2012 sent fans into a flurry of excitement, bringing to an end a long-term campaign to reinstate the beloved Fox comedy. The streaming service followed up the venture by saving the US remake of The Killing, cancelled by AMC in September 2013 but resurrected by Netflix for a fourth series to launch online in August. 

YouTube joined the party last summer with their remake of British children’s TV show Knightmare for a one-off instalment. Produced by the original show’s creator, Tim Child, and featuring three of the show’s original stars Hugo Myatt (Treguard), Mark Knight (Lord Fear) and Cliff Barry (Lissard) the standalone episode also starred Isy Suttie and Jessie Cave. 

New to the game is Amazon Prime Instant Video – a recent merger between Amazon Prime and Love Film. The service heralded its launch in February with the announcement of a Ripper Street revival. The much-championed period drama was a shock cancellation by the BBC last December before Amazon ended a passionate fan campaign by reviving the show for a third series with all cast members signed up to star. 


And then, of course, there’s Kickstarter – not confined to just TV shows but nevertheless the agent behind the recent Veronica Mars movie after the campaign raised a record-breaking $5.7m from nearly 90,000 backers. The return of the eponymous amateur sleuth (played by Kristen Bell) inspired a wave of TV fans to take their campaigns to the crowd-funding service, also responsible for the imminent resurrection of Morph this summer.