Other Space is probably one of the best science fiction comedies to be produced for American Television, and it’s definitely a strong contender for the best non-animated one. Created by Paul Feig, the show’s cast included Deadpool‘s Karan Soni, AT&T Spokesperson Milana Vayntrub, and MST3K‘s Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu. It ran for one brief season on the short lived Yahoo Screen streaming series, which folded not long after it came out.
And because of that hardly anyone has ever watched it.
According to Splitsider, series creator Paul Feig wants to change that though. While Yahoo Screen may be dead in the water, as Feig’s deal had the rights revert to him, he is free to shop it around to other services. The biggest challenge though is how few people have seen the show.
Yahoo did a terrible job of marketing Other Space, only running ads on Yahoo! itself. Frankly, the only reason I ever heard of it was because I saw promotions for it while watching the sixth season of Community (the only thing anyone ever watched on Yahoo Screen). Also during the initial run the series was geolocked, so pretty much no one outside of the US has seen it.
The good news is that Feig has now had the geolocks removed, and anyone can pull the series up (for free) on the Yahoo Screen app on iOS, Android, or Roku. You can also watch it on your computer too. If you’re on Tumblr, they’ve also set up “Share Other Space” as an easy way to reblog links to episodes (and have access to a nice, simple list of episodes).
If more people watch the show, we might actually have a shot at season two.
On this episodes we break things down into the Good (show renewals), the Bad (show cancellations) and the Unexpected (which is what it sounds like). Listen to and watch us celebrate iZombie, Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD all getting new seasons. Listen to us lament the loss of Constantine… and Helix.
Then we get to Red Dwarf‘s two new upcoming series, a Myst TV show, and a thoroughly unneeded third installment in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga.
We also share our thoughts on No Brand Con and read the biggest mailbag in a long while.
Community returns tomorrow, now on Yahoo! Screen, and one of the questions people always ask about a new season of Community is “Will they do Paintball again?” After Seasons 1 and 2 had critically acclaimed episodes, they (mostly) skipped it in Season 3, sort of had it in the gas leak Season 4, and avoided it (wisely) in Season 5.
As for Season 6? Well, it looks like it’s happening.
So we all know that Community Season 6 is almost upon us, so it makes sense that Yahoo! Screen would put out a trailer with some never before seen footage. And that footage? Well, it sure looks like Community.
Which, y’know, makes sense. Because that’s what it is.
The trailer obviously pays homage to the ones for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and previews the new characters joining the slowly shrinking study group/Save Greendale Committee as this season loses both Yvette Nicole Brown and Season 5’s Jonathan Banks.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie we visit the DC Carnival of Sadness with news that Supergirl will be a procedural and that Zack Snyder wants a dark, gritty Green Lantern (oh, and there’s some Brainiac stuff in there too). We look forward to Community‘s season 6 premiere date, contemplate the return of The X-Files, and sing for joy at Simon Pegg co-writing the next Star Trek.
Trae also went to Nezumi Con, and talks about his experiences.
Community, one of the best TV shows to ever fire its show runner, re-hire its show runner, get cancelled, and then get revived by Yahoo! at the literal eleventh hour finally has announced when the show will return: March 17th.
The show will debut two new episodes on its new home Yahoo! Screen, and then release a new episode every following Tuesday.
The cast has been whittled down. Season 5 saw the loss of Chevy Chase (who Sony refuses to let back onto the lot apparently) and Donald Glover (who left to focus on his rap career and has an upcoming series called Atlanta). Season 6 will see the departure of Yvette Nicole Brown in the opening episode, as she left the show to take care of her ailing father… because Yvette Nicole Brown is one of the rare, genuinely good people in the universe. It will also lose John Oliver (who is busy with his HBO series) and Jonathan Banks (who is busy doing Better Call Saul on AMC), but there are hopes to bring the two back in guest appearances.
But Community is an ensemble show, and with six of the regular players returning, the show should still feel like the show. Paget Brewster and Keith David will be joining the ranks to fill out the program.
Dan Harmon is apparently avoiding theme episodes this season, which considering their abundance in season 5 is a small relief. If you listen to the director’s commentary on Season 5, Harmon himself wished he had spent more time on character episodes in the previous shortened season, so it’s good that he followed through with it.
Enjoy the pretty hilarious announcement video below:
Community has lost a third member of the original Greendale Seven, as Yvette Nicole Brown will not be joining the cast for their sixth season. Brown is exiting the show because she wants to be able to be with her ailing father, and committing to a rigorous Television schedule for five months wouldn’t allow her to do so.
Her departure is amiable, as showrunner Dan Harmon has what is generally referred to as “a soul” and is not “a horrible human being.”
Brown said she’s open to guest appearances this season, and we hope that’s the case. On the upside, as her character has the most off-campus obligation (having, y’know, kids) the transition should be the easiest to rationalize (and perhaps have her rejoin the cast for a hypothetical movie and/or seventh season).
This is the second departure between seasons five and six, as Jonathan Banks (who replaced Chevy Chase) is elsewhere committed to reprise his character Mike on the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.
Personally, I’m sad to see Brown’s Shirley go, but who wouldn’t understand her decision?
So San Diego Comic Con is currently in full force, and thanks to the eleventh hour save by Yahoo Screen, Community is there.
The rest of us are kind of amazed too.
Anyway, we’re now just getting early details about this upcoming sixth season, which begins filming later this summer. Screenrant reports that while the principle cast from the end of season 5 will be returning, Donald Glover’s Troy likely won’t (although creator Dan Harmon hinted that rescuing an endangered Troy would make a great movie). John Oliver does remain a possibility, but it depends in part on whether or not he’d be available.
It also looks like the show won’t be stretching the limits of “standards” now that it’s online, as Harmon is fully aware that the fans of Community like the show the way it is, and including anything particularly obscene would likely make the show not feel like itself.
In this barely assembled edition of the podcast, we talk about Pacific Rim 2, Heroes of Cosplay’s awfulness, Harmony Gold’s ridiculous Robotech Academy Kickstarter, Community getting a sixth season and the new Sailor Moon series “Sailor Moon Crystal.”
And, y’know, we read your letters.
That may not seem like much, but trust me, it is.
Also, please remember that next fortnight we’re actually doing a “best of” episode instead of a regular one. If there are any parts of this first year of Nerd & Tie you’d like to see featured, tell us (including the episode title and the timecode of the bit you liked) in our contact form!
In an amazing turn of events, cancelled TV show Community is getting it’s sixth season (ala #sixseasonsandamovie) on Yahoo Screen of all places. I was totally unaware that Yahoo Screen was a thing until just now, but the internet assures me it is. And Community will live there! Time to install the app for it on my Roku.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said series creator (and returning showrunner) Dan Harmon 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!”
Added leading man Joel McHale, “’The reports of our cancelation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”
This is some of the most exciting news I’ve had all day, and my niece is literally being born right now.