If Yahoo! was looking to make a statement with its first season of the cult hit sitcom Community, signing on two blockbuster directors to tackle the premiere would be a good way to do it. Well, mission accomplished.
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo, the brothers behind Marvel’s blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, are coming back to their roots for the new season of Community. Between the two of them, they’ve directed a whopping 33 episodes of Community over the years — including the pilot episode.
Fans had been left to wonder if their days on the low-rated geek hit were numbered now that they’re bona fide stars in the Marvel movie machine, but it seems the duo are still committed to carving out some time to spend in Greendale next season. That's good news, because they've been responsible for some of the show's best half-hours.
IGN confirmed the deal during a recent interview with the brothers, and Anthony sounded genuinely excited to get back to the small screen. He also teased that Community creator Dan Harmon is planning something juicy to kick off the show’s first online-only season. We can't wait to see what it is:
“We will be returning. We're going to do the first episode [of Season 6] for those guys. We're going to have a little fun with that episode. [Community executive producers] Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna are cooking up something very cool for us… The quality is always so high for the scripts on that show, so it's very exciting to tear into one of those scripts as a director.”
We were thrilled to see Yahoo! pick up Community for a sixth season after NBC unceremoniously dumped the series, but we had reservations about how it might affect the budget and style of the series. Considering they have the Russos coming back into the fold, it looks like business as usual, which is very good news for Community fans.
Are you glad to see the Russos are headed back to Community?