Friday night turned out to be a rather sad one for fans of longtime “Community” fans. While many were off enjoying their night out on the town (which is going to be turned into a “night inside to watch ‘Community’ when the show moves into its new timeslot for the fall), the news was hitting the internet that Dan Harmon is out as the showrunner for the fourth season of the show.
Multiple sources have confirmed that David Guarascio and Moses Port (“Just Shoot Me”) — who have been working on finding a new project with studio Sony Pictures TV for some time — have signed up to serve as the showrunners and executive producers on the series moving forward. TV Guide reports that this move could be designed to help broaden the show’s appeal — but we worry about potentially alienating establishing fans with fewer Dreamatorium scenes or episodes about multiple timelines. It’s already going to have enough of a challenge when it comes to its timeslot, and any sort of change that hurts the established fan base could be a nail in the coffin.
As for what makes this story even more interesting, Harmon claims that he found out about his dismissal over the internet, and has neither spoken to them or NBC head Robert Greenblatt since the season four renewal.
In a post on his Tumblr page, Harmon effectively went on to explain just what his role with the show really will be moving forward:
“You may have read that I am technically ‘signed on,’ by default, to be an executive consulting something or other … However, if I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn’t have any power. … I would be ‘offering’ thoughts on other people’s scripts, not allowed to rewrite them… not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay etc.
“I’m not saying you can’t make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can’t make my version of it unless I have the option of saying, ‘It has to be like this or I quit’ roughly eight times a day.”
While Harmon was not the sole person responsible for the greatness that has been the past three seasons, he is the brilliant mind that started it all — without him, everything already just feels like an imitation of the real thing.
What’s your reaction to Harmon leaving, and are you going to watch season 4?