Dan Harmon Gets Expelled from CommunityMay 20th, 2012 | Posted by in Featured TV | Scoops | Television
NBC has announced it will not renew Dan Harmon’s contract as the showrunner of Community. And for everyone who isn’t Chevy Chase, this sucks, big time. For a lot of reasons.
Where to start? Well, first of all, Harmon claims that nobody from NBC even called him to tell him he was essentially fired from his own show. It is not a secret that he is difficult to work with (i.e. a giant douche). But he’s a giant douche that is insanely creative and created something that is hilarious, unique and generally just amazeballs. So the implications of his removal are massive. Without his vision leading the show, where will Community go? Certainly not to the brilliant extremes where it lived and thrived. And probably not with its loyal followers.
NBC apparently would like to take everything wonderful about Community and make it more mainstream. You know, like Two and a Half Men (a show that is a ratings giant despite the fact that it is awful). This is unsettling at best, considering what made the show fantastic was that it wasn’t mainstream. It was unlike anything else out there – they did a whole claymation episode for crying out loud and have done homages to so many great things like The Wire or the video game Contra, despite being a show about a community college. To remove the man behind the curtain will most certainly be a death blow.
David Guarascio and Moses Port (Happy Endings, Just Shoot Me) will be taking the helm next season. I am not saying they aren’t talented. I am saying they aren’t Dan Harmon.