After labeling himself a liability that NBC wasn’t willing to keep around, Community creator Dan Harmon left the show before its fourth season. Now that the network has greenlit a fifth season of the community college comedy, there’s a rumor that Harmon has been asked back to the show in some capacity. The only confirmation seems to be from Harmon himself in an offhand comment during a recent episode of his podcast, Harmontown. As TV Line reports, Harmon let the news slip, thought about editing it out and then said: “Ahhh Fuck it. I don’t care who knows!” according to a writer for Hollywookiee.
It remains to be seen whether there’s any truth to the rumor and, if there is, to what capacity Harmon could return: it may be as the consulting producer position that was previously offered to him, though he ended up turning that down. Community is poised to return to NBC mid-season as their fall line-up is full with the return of Parks and Recreation and the new comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show.
[Update: Deadline reports that season four showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio have officially opted not to return for season five, and both Harmon and former writer/producer Chris McKenna have been approached about rejoining the show for what is expected to be the show's final 13 episode run.]
NBC continues to kick Community to the curb. The studio announced today that it would be bumping the season four return of the fan-favorite show from their expected Friday, October 19th date to an unspecified future date. Sophomore comedy series, Whitney, will also be moving to Fridays, but that show’s debut date is up in the air as well. NBC cited the need for more time to make a marketing push in the case of each series.
I can’t imagine that Community needs to be marketed any more, with the off-season fireworks of creator/showrunner Dan Harmon being let go; the fourth season will be run by Moses Port and David Guarascio. I also can’t imagine a scenario in which marketing will get me to watch Whitney. In the meantime, NBC will air re-runs of the first season of Grimm from 8-9pm on Fridays, which will lead into new episodes of the supernatural procedural. Hit the jump to see who will be returning to Community if and when it returns.
NBC’s Community will feature a holiday family reunion of sorts when Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) comes face to face with his father during the show’s upcoming Thanksgiving episode. In the episode titled “Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations,” fans will finally be introduced to William Winger, the estranged father whom Jeff hasn’t seen since he was a child. Playing the elder Winger is none other than James Brolin (Marcus Welby, M.D.). Community season four premieres at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. Hit the jump for more on season four and a set photo of McHale and Brolin.
Rather than dump your hard-earned money into private school tuition, why not cut a check to go to Greendale Community College instead? The cast of NBC’s Community is getting ready to air season four this fall and they’d love for you to visit them! All it takes is a winning charitable donation that benefits the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, and you and a friend will be heading to Greendale and going home with a signed script and photos! Hit the jump to find out how to win!
The Greendale Seven are about to be schooled by Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) when he joins the cast of Community this fall. McDowell is set to star in two episodes as a history professor (I hope they find a way to work A Clockwork Orange in). THR reports that his character will be named Professor Cornwallis. McDowell is the latest addition to the faculty, as British comedian Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids) recently joined as well. Look for Community’s return to NBC in its new time slot, Friday nights at 8:30pm starting October 19th.
When last we talked about NBC’s cult comedy series, Community, we were at Comic-Con, rejoicing that the entire cast would be returning, but lamenting the absence of creator and show-runner, Dan Harmon. While we wait to see if new overseers David Guarascio and Moses Port can keep the old Community magic, season four will see an infusion of overseas humor with the addition of British comedian, Matt Lucas (Bridesmaids). Lucas, perhaps best known for British comedy series Little Britain, will star as Greendale Community College’s newest faculty member. Hit the jump for more details on his character as well as a look at a great fan-made Inspector Spacetime poster.
It looks like Community’s Greendale Seven will all be returning for a fourth season (yes, even Chevy Chase’s Pierce Hawthorne). Reports have Sony Pictures Television picking up the options on all the actors from the NBC comedy and critical darling. Although there was some speculation earlier this year as to whether or not Chase would be back (due to some behind-the-scenes issues), he’s on the list of castmembers who will be returning this fall. Of course, we all know that creator and former showrunner Dan Harmon won’t be returning, after being let go earlier this year. In his stead will be Moses Port and David Guarascio. Deadline confirms that Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong will also return.
I’m sorry to say that Annie’s Boobs will not be taking over for Dan Harmon as showrunner of NBC’s Community next season. With Harmon’s impending departure, David Guarascio and Moses Port will take over the daily duties as both showrunners and executive producers. Rumor has it that Harmon, creator and executive producer for the first three seasons (which is almost half way to six seasons and a movie), may stay on as a consulting producer. Guarascio and Port have a long history of television writing and producing; they’re best known for the moderately long-running NBC series, Just Shoot Me and recently added Aliens in America, Happy Endings and El Jefe to their resume. It’s great that Guarascio and Port have experience in the industry and that should help with keeping the show afloat, but will the intangible allure of Community disappear with Harmon? Hit the jump for much, much more.
Update: Dan Harmon has responded to this sad news on his blog. Hit the jump for more.
Wonder Woman will not die. David E. Kelly is a bizarre choice to run the show, and the networks seemed to realize this when they passed on Wonder Woman in unison. But where there’s a will (and a deeply troubled network), there’s a way: NBC has picked up Kelley’s Wonder Woman reboot. I hope to see a live-action Wonder Woman in my lifetime, but not like this. Not like this at all.
This report comes among a flurry of pilot season news involving such talent as Steven Spielberg, Conan O’Brien, Ethan Hawke, Rob Thomas, Tim Kring, and more. Hit the jump for a recap.