Earlier today, on another site, I wrote that Community creator Dan Harmon was content with the show “living fast, dying young, and leaving a pretty corpse”, infering that the show, under Harmon’s watch, had refused to pander, refused to jump sharks, or alter itself in an effort to find mainstream acceptance. This was proven by episodes like last nights outstanding Digital Estate Planning, an episode that almost wholly took place in an 8 bit video game.
Well, apparently either Harmon
decided that he had said his piece and fought his last war in the name of Community, or the network (or the studio) decided that they wanted someone else to run the show, because according to The AV Club, Dan Harmon is officially out as show runner, and Community, as we have known it, may have actually died last night after all.
Taking over the show will be David Guarascio and Moses Port, formerly producers on ABC’s splendid Happy Endings, and two guys with an immense challenge on their hands. See, not only do they have to keep Community on the air, but they also have to live up to Harmon’s incredible standard and not lose the show’s extremely vocal and engaged fan-base who will salt the earth if they even sense a hint of the show straying from it’s base.
As for Harmon, well,
he’ll remain as a consulting producer in a move that reeks of NBC and Sony begging, “fandom, please don’t send us truckloads of black felt goatees”, and he also has Rick and Morty, and a new-found ability to stir up feuds with Chevy Chase.
So, Community fans, are we willing to give the new guys a chance, or did the heart of our fair show just walk out the door, taking the dream of #sixseasonsandamovie with it?
In my opinion, the show will get a full season, meaning the initial 13 episodes and the back 9 (because NBC’s new slate of comedies is something worse than onerous) but it will be a shell of it’s former self and that’s less a shot at the new guys than it is an appraisal of Harmon’s value and skill. #AFullSeasonAndAShellOfItself is not as catchy a hashtag as the one the Community fans are working on now, #SixSeasonsAndWeLoveYouDanHarmon
Let us know in the comment section below what you think about all of this, and be sure to welcome Community to bastardom.
UPDATE: Yeah, Harmon got fired and Sony never tried to negotiate or let him know that they were moving in this direction and he has never spoken to Bob Greenblatt of NBC, the man who said Harmon would still be involved in some way. Harmon will have a title, but does not seem at all interested in being involved with the show in any way, and honestly, why the fuck would he. This all from Harmon’s statement on Tumblr, which you can read here. It is long, and it is funny, and it is sad.
Dan Harmon got did dirty so Sony and NBC can make a desperate stab syndication by broadening Community’s appeal, something they new Dan Harmon would never go for. That’s what makes Dan Harmon the hero of this particular story, and honestly, with regard to making the show accessible or broadening it’s appeal. F-U-C-K accessibility. I understand the business sense of it, but really, if things are too smart for dumb people, dumb people should get smarter, not get dumber things that drag down everyone else’s happy. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to build a blanket fort now and wish for another timeline.
Source: The AV Club