The United States television comedy Community has defied the odds by securing its resurrection on the online platform Yahoo Screen.
The series was cancelled by the US network NBC after five seasons but the studio which produced it, Sony Pictures, pursued a renewal by offering the show to the open market.
Hoped-for deals with Hulu and Netflix, the two leading players in the online-sphere, came to nothing.
The deal with Yahoo Screen comes as a surprise, but is no doubt intended to give the online giant's streaming TV business some much-needed traction in what is fast becoming a congested segment of the broadcasting market.
The deal is similar to one struck by Netflix several years ago with 20th Century Fox to bring back the critically acclaimed comedy Arrested Development for a fourth season.
Community's executive producer and creator Dan Harmon has confirmed he will return for the show's sixth season. Yahoo Screen has ordered 13 new episodes.
"I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online," Harmon said in a statement.
Few television series are offered a second lifeline by rival networks.
In the 1970s, The Bionic Woman and Wonder Woman were notably revived by other networks after cancellation mid-way through their run.
Twentieth Century Fox revived Arrested Development and Futurama, and more recently, Sony Pictures secured second leases of life for its series Damages and Drop Dead Diva.
In Australia, the TV series Neighbours and A Country Practice both changed channels, shifting from Seven to Ten, and the comedy Kath & Kim shifted from the ABC to Seven.