Community's future appeared to be in doubt earlier this year, but NBC returned the series to its Thursday night lineup this month.
McHale has now told The Insider that Community's cast and crew believed so strongly in the sitcom that nobody pursued other projects during the hiatus.
"Without trying to sound overconfident in any way, that is more evidence that we believe in the show," the actor explained. "Granted, the network has to give you permission to do a pilot, but I don't think anyone asked. I didn't. I love the show that I'm on."
McHale went on to thank the fans for organising letter-writing and social media campaigns to demand that NBC revive Community.
"The outcry was great. What was very surprising to me is how it grew," he commented. "There was this perception that the hubbub would die down after a few weeks, but it didn't – it only became louder and that was very great. The fans were much more aggressive about voicing their complaint."
The show's executive producer Russ Krasnoff recently said he's confident that Community will return for a fourth season in the fall.
Community airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.
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