Dan Harmon & Community: what really happened

21 May 2012 - 09:54

Community showrunner Dan Harmon’s removal from the cult comedy has peeved and perplexed fans...

You can celebrate too early. Just over a week ago we were doing our happy dance over the renewal of NBC’s Community for a shorter fourth season, and now it’s difficult to know quite what to think. On Friday, Community creator Dan Harmon took to Tumblr with the following words: “I got fired.”

Harmon continued, “Sony Pictures Television is replacing me as showrunner on Community […] They literally haven’t called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business.”

He went on to explain, in as fair and generous terms as can be expected by someone who’s just been royally shafted, that NBC’s Bob Greenblatt’s vague reassurance that he expected Harmon’s “…voice to be part of the show somehow” was just hot air as “…he’s [Greenblatt] never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC” and “…he didn’t call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn’t call to ask if I was going to be involved.”

Happy Endings and Aliens in America producers David Guarascio and Moses Port have been installed as Harmon’s replacement on Community, an announcement greeted with no small amount of sarcasm by TV comedy veteran Graham Linehan in the following tweet:

“Great news! The guys who didn’t bother to call me when they did the US IT crowd are taking over Community!”

As we know, Community came close to leaving our screens for good during its extended hiatus this year, but Harmon’s treatment and removal makes celebrating its return a bitter pill. What’s preferable? No Community at all, or half a season with the Dan Harmon ripped out? Anyone still interested in those six-seasons-and-a-movie?


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