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Showrunner Dan Harmon Fired From ‘Community’

Written by Alexander Tucker   // 05/19/2012

Dan Harmon‘Community’ has become the live action version of Family Guy. It’s been cancelled twice and like Family Guy it keeps rising from the half hour sitcom death bed out of the shear will of loyal fans.


Everyone who watches ‘Community’ loves it. I had my mother watch an episode and she laugh historically, but a week later when I asked her if she loved the next episode as much as the last she said, “Oh, sorry, hun. I missed it.”


It reminds me of Arrested Development. Everyone loves it or at least says they loved it, but somehow the ratings never reflected those sentiments. Shows like these get lost in televisions Bermuda Triangle. Everyone always asking, “What day is that show on again? I love it, but I never catch it.”


NBC seemed to recognize the shows brilliance, even though, they have cancelled it more then once. On second though, maybe the big wigs up stairs at NBC don’t recognize the brilliance of the show per say, but they realize the legion of fans who do.


So like most good things that don’t go as planned, men and women in the suites have to find a fall guy. In the case of ‘Community,’ that fall guy is none other than Dan Harmon, the ‘Community’ show runner.


NBC and Sony replaced Dan Harmon with David Guarascio and Moses Port. It seems NBC is trying to save face here and will give Harmon the bullshit title of “consulting producer”, but that title means next to nothing in the television business. It’s a title given to old men who have strokes or heart attacks and are on indefinite leave.


Harmon said in a statement, ““Guys like me can’t actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we’re still allowed to have a title on the things we create and “help out,” like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.” Adding, “Why’d Sony want me gone?  I can’t answer that because I’ve been in as much contact with them as you have.  They literally haven’t called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business.  Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don’t want to hear what their complaints are because I’m sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I’d be listening for free.”


When asked if he planned to put any more work into the series, Harmon said, “If I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn’t have any power there.  Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever.  I would be “offering” thoughts on other people’s scripts, not allowed to rewrite them, not allowed to ask anyone else to rewrite them, not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay, etc.”


Hey, everyone has a boss. Even Steve Jobs was voted out as CEO of Apple in the early nineties. Look how well that worked out. Oh, wait. They begged him to come back 8 years later.


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