COMMUNITY -- "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" Episode 506 -- Pictured: (l-r) Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley, John Oliver as Professor Ian Duncan, Gillian Jacobs as Britta, Joel McHale as Jeff, Alison Brie as Annie, Jonathan Banks as Professor Buzz Hickey -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/ NBC)
Community” has so often been on the bubble that the desire to keep the show alive has spawned the mantra “six seasons and a movie.”

That might be in jeopardy, as executive producer Chris McKenna recently led fans to believe the Joel McHale-led show was on the brink of death.

“Community is dead,” he tweeted early this morning. “Pick a new show to make unthreatening threats about.”

Not even an hour later, McKenna admitted he was speaking too soon, though he was not optimistic about a sixth season renewal at NBC.

“Rumors of its death may be exaggerated. But prepare yourself for non-exaggeration,” he wrote, adding, “Late night fatalism based on negative whispers. I should never presume anything regarding this show.”

Like the already-renewed “Parks & Recreation,” there’s a decent chance that “Community” could be picked up for a shortened final season.

Either way, fans should know the answer by this time next week, as NBC will announce their new schedule at their upfront on Monday.

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