Dan Harmon Returns To COMMUNITY

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Dan Harmon Returns To COMMUNITY
When news broke in mid-May that Community would be returning for a fifth season on NBC, the reaction from critics and fans was decidedly mixed, if not outright wary, with folks contemplating whether or not the show deserved or even needed another season after the rocky fourth -- but the desire to get the show to a healthy number of episodes for syndication spurred production company Sony and network NBC on. Much of fan's frustrations with the fourth season stemmed from the absence of show creator and runner Dan Harmon, who was let go after the completion of season 3. Harmon, often described as the brilliant heart of the show, and a true TV auteur, was also labeled -- mostly by his own hand -- a troublesome man (his feud with now former cast member Chevy Chase is well documented, amongst other things), perfectly capable in the writer's room, but unfit to run a television show in its entirety.

Be that as it may, the odds are in Harmon's favor once again. Early this morning the man himself laid it out for fans on his Twitter stating:

RT @dpeanutbutter: @danharmon GIVE US A STRAIGHT ANSWER! ~ Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back. You can thank @joelmchale.

This tweet was in fact proceeded by several which hinted at what Harmon was up to, and then followed by a further thanks to the rest of the cast as well as crew members. THR just went on record that Harmon's deal is not yet done, but he and former writer/producer Chris McKenna, are in the final stages of negotiations. Harmon will return as showrunner, replacing season 4 showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio, and McKenna, one assumes, will be on as a writer/producer once again.

So, not only is this the timeline where Community gets a 5th season, it's also the one where the beloved if gnarly creator gets a second chance. My mind boggles at how not normal this is for TV. Heck, it's strange for almost anywhere in the industry. We may never know the ins and outs of how this all went down (although we may because Harmon often speaks sans filter), but it is nice to think that the goodwill amongst the cast towards this man, and the absolutely ecstatic appreciation from the fans for this man, could have actually made a difference for NBC and Sony. And that's kind of incredible.

I don't think I have to say this but... I am looking forward to season 5 of Community.

I mean who knows, maybe it'll be the worst season yet, but at least the captain who also built the ship will be able to go down with it.     
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ColinJJune 1, 2013 6:00 PM

Very interesting indeed.

I wonder if Harmon, now that he doesn't have to deal with Chase, can be a bit more responsible in running the show.

There's no doubt his intense perfectionism in getting the scripts right resulted in the greatness of the first few seasons, but it's also what got him fired. Not to mention the drinking.

MikeJune 2, 2013 2:20 PM


Todd BrownJune 2, 2013 2:29 PM

What got him fired was being an asshole in public. It's not acceptable for ANYONE to try and publicly shame one of their co-workers, it's even less acceptable for a boss to play a private phone call from one of the people he supervises and make fun of him in public. I love Harmon's writing but he TOTALLY deserved to be fired and I'd never want to work with him.

marshottentotJune 2, 2013 5:27 PM

Love him but, yeah, no matter how bad you think they deserve it - professionalism dictates you can't. That being said, it's a testament to Harmon's talent that he's survived it.

GašperJune 2, 2013 7:38 PM

I just finished watching the 4th season and I have to say that despite it wasn't as good as before it was much better than I expected it to be. But I would never wanted it to end like this. So the news about the 5th season and more importantly the return of Harmon is just miraculous news for me!