If Dan Harmon bears some resentment towards the studio that fired him after three seasons producing the acclaimed comedy he created, it’s understandable, even if he’s in the rare position of being hired back in a quasi-mea culpa after that same studio studio realized that Community needed Harmon more than Harmon needed Community. So I guess in the same spirit of you can’t burn the same bridge twice, Harmon recently discussed the state of his creation on his podcast Harmontown Sunday.
Of the previous season of Community that he had nothing to do with, Harmon said that the season was “unflattering” and that watching episodes of season 4 was like, “flipping through Instagram watching your girlfriend **** a million [people].”
David Guarascio and Moses Port were brought in to be showrunners after season 3 and Harmon’s termination. Sony’s thought was that they might broaden the niche appeal of Community to a bigger audience, but fans and critics more or less agreed that the pair was merely riffing on what Harmon had done, and since the ratings held steady from the Harmon era of the show, neither going up nor down, NBC and Sony decided that if they couldn’t do better without Harmon, they might as well do the same with him.
Harmon continued to talk specifically about what he thinks Sony hoped to accomplish with his expulsion from Community:
“There’s a system in place that’s winning because I would have had too much leverage, too much power, too much salary, as would have a lot of writers coming into Season 4. So they just flushed us and replaced us with two guys who didn’t know what they were getting into…
“Writers fighting other writers is the American Dream in the eyes of Sony. That is what they want. They want creative people rewriting each other. They want creative people replacing each other. They want us interchangeable. They want to think about writing the way they think about the guy on assembly line 24 that puts the final screw in the f****** Playstation… I shouldn’t even say ‘they’ because it’s an ‘it,’ it’s a f****** machine. There isn’t a single person that works at that corporation that isn’t also thought of like that by the f****** SkyNet… The system just wants us all to not be human.”
Well, all I have to say is ‘ouch’ for Sony. But I will add that while Harmon has every right to be ticked about his treatment, maybe he could take the high road and just sit back and enjoy the fact that the studio thought they knew best and they ended up coming crawling back to him in the end. That’s got to be the best kind of revenge, right?
Source: Screen Rant