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In Movies & TV Commentary

After NBC canceled "Community," the show's producer Sony found a new home at Yahoo for 13 more episodes.

"Community" move to Yahoo is a sign of the TV times


The TV industry has passed the point when only the four major over-the-air networks produce the greatest programs.

Cable channels that work on original series have been around for decades, and new programs have started on digital platforms, too. Hulu, Netflix and other streaming outlets have worked on original programs, some earning major awards for shows like "House of Cards," with Kevin Spacey.

Sony, which signed a deal this week to produce 13 more episodes of the canceled NBC program "Community," has found a new home for the highly-favored comedy at Yahoo.

For Sony, and the big networks themselves, cable and digital have become common platforms for which they now produce and create content.

"When you have a large loyal audience that want more, and people behind the show -- actors, writers, producers -- that are still passionate, it makes it easy to fight for the fight to keep it going," said Steve Mosko, the president of Sony Pictures Television.

"It strategically plays to our strength as an independent studio -- we produce for everyone."

Milwaukee native and show creator Dan Harmon will be back on board running "Community" for Sony, and all of the actors at the core of the show are slated to return. The show should be available on Yahoo sometime this fall.

The "Community" move to Yahoo speaks of greater things to come in the world of digital programing. Competition at this level for an audience creates competition to the point that commercial advertising could become affordable for the second level of companies that have stayed away from the larger over-the-air national spotlight. The move opens the doors for more to participate.

However, the move could mean more cutbacks at local affiliate stations that count on the revenue and top-rating programming to boost its own bottom line.

In this, the viewer should end up the winner as long as they possess the means to have access to the digital outlets that produce their favorite programs.

ON HOLD: Remember last week when I wrote that Milwaukee will be featured on an episode of "Man Finds Food" on the Travel Channel? Well, a lot has happened between then and now.

The cable outlet has decided to hold back on today's debut of Adam Richman's new show following a public tirade on Instagram. In his messages, he called one woman a "c*nt," told another to "eat a bag of sh*t" and encouraged a third to commit suicide.

The television personality started a drama-filled conversation after posting the hashtag "thinspiration" with a photo of his 70-pound weight loss since hosting "Man v. Food." At the time of his post, Richman didn't know that thinspiration was a term used in pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia groups encouraging women to lose weight in ways that could harm themselves.

It was the approach and vulgar language that may have caused the Travel Channel to hit the pause button. The Travel Channel wouldn't confirm the new show's postponement was because of the social media comments, but only said that the postponement was made.

When made aware of the term, Richman responded with DILLIGAF? (Do I Look Like I Give A F*ck?). His comments only got more intense and vile after that.

On "Good Morning America" on Tuesday morning, a new apology was presented from Richman.

"I've long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight. I'm incredibly sorry to everyone I've hurt," he said.

HOLIDAY COVERAGE: Fox News will present special coverage on Friday of how Americans celebrate Independence Day.

"Fox & Friends" will have coverage of Ohio's largest Fourth of July celebration, "The Americana Festival," in Centerville, Ohio. Meteorologist Maria Molina will be at the event where she will be interviewing visitors and sharing updates from the day-long festival.

A special hosted by "Fox & Friends'" Brian Kilmeade will take a look at celebrations across the country. "Proud to be an American" starts at 11 a.m.

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