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‘Community’ Picked Up by Yahoo!

tumblr_static_community_s5_tu_200x200Greendale Community College is reopening its doors—on Yahoo!

The cancelled NBC sitcom “Community” has been picked up by Yahoo! for a 13-episode sixth season. The show had been cancelled by NBC in May, which sparked social activity from fans hoping for its revival on a streaming platform like Netflix, Amazon, or Yahoo.

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” the show’s creator Dan Harmon said in a release announcing the deal. ““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!”

Vulture reports Sony Pictures Television was in talks with Hulu, but the two sides couldn’t agree on financial terms. Yahoo! stepped in offering the right amount, and a deal was struck.

The deal is a huge boon for Yahoo!, as it vies to become more of a player in the growing streaming-TV game.

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HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ Premiere Available on Yahoo Screen

LeftoversHBO’s new drama “The Leftovers” premiered last night, with the first episode’s action revolving around the sudden, unexplainable disappearances of two percent of the world’s population.

And for those who didn’t watch the premiere or might not have HBOGO, HBO is making the first episode available on Yahoo Screen today through July 6.

This continues HBO’s habit of making its series and season premieres available on multiple platforms for both HBO and non-HBO subscribers. Last week, the premium entertainment network made the premiere episode from “True Blood’s” final season available on XBox and XBox One.

In April, the network made the series premiere of “Silicon Valley” available on YouTube.

Yahoo-ABC News Network Maintains Position as Leading Online News Source

abc_news_default_2000x2000_update_16x9t_384For over two years, the Yahoo-ABC News Network has quietly maintained its position as the go-to online news source. Yahoo-ABC News has stayed ahead of its broadcast and cable competition by delivering 2.2 billion page views to 74 million unique visitors in April alone (comScore).

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Katie Couric, Yahoo’s new Global News Anchor, had a large presence at the company’s recent NewFront, where she discussed the importance of crowdsourcing, Vines, and GIFs. In her short time at Yahoo, Couric has already been able to snag an exclusive interview with Nigerian finance minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on the ongoing Boko Haram crisis, and ABC News’ Gloria Riviera delivered digital video reports from the South Korean ferry disaster.The combined network has demonstrated an understanding that digital is just important as linear, and this, in turn, has resulted in users coming back. Read more

Yahoo Looking to Break Into Original Video

YahooThe web-only original programming field might have a third heavyweight joining the ranks.

Yahoo is planning on acquiring original content similar to Netflix, and more recently, Amazon, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Journal reports the company will order four different half-hour original comedies. The initial focus on comedy might carve out a niche for Yahoo; Netflix’s top hit “House of Cards” falls in the political-thriller genre, while Amazon’s main original series, “Alpha House,” is more of a dramedy.

Yahoo’s series will reportedly cost between $700,000 to $1 million per episode. The online video plan continues CEO Marissa Mayer‘s digital push.

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