Dan Harmon Out as COMMUNITY Showrunner, David Guarascio and Moses Port Take Over [UPDATED]

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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.

The update is below our original story

THR reports community-dan-harmonthat NBC Chairman, Bob Greenblatt commented on Harmon’s departure as showrunner, saying simply:

“I expect Dan’s voice to be a part of this show somehow. I’m just not sure if that means him running it day-to-day or consulting on it.”

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.  For that, you’d have to go to cast member Joel McHale, who recently spoke to TV Line, saying:

“Dan’s the creator of the show, so to lose his voice would be pretty crazy. I pray that it works out well.”

As a fan of Community, this turn of events opens up a lot questions, concerns and downright anxieties about the future of the show.  How much of the spark that has made it a cult series is/was due to Harmon?  How big a part in the overall vibe of the cast did Harmon play?  Will the show soldier on without a hitch now that it’s been picked up for another 13 episode season? Could Guarascio and Port actually steer it toward a mainstream audience in order to ensure its existence, but at the cost of alienating its core fans?  The move to Friday nights definitely doesn’t help matters, but the shift in producers may hint at the network’s interest in broadening the show’s appeal.  But would that be a good thing?

danny-pudi-gillian-jacobs-communityOf course, there’s the chance that Harmon was booted due to his much-publicized falling out with star Chevy Chase earlier this year or the circulating rumors that the behind-the-scenes make-up of the show was too disorganized for the likes of the studio execs.  Is his departure warranted? Maybe, in the eyes of some.  But I am extremely concerned that the lack of his overseeing the project will lead to a bland and simply unfunny ensemble comedy that panders to a broader demographic.  I know the fans won’t stand for it, but will the cast?  Will Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) remain as chipper in the morning?  Will Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) continue to pray, even though McHale’s prayers went unanswered?  Will Britta (Gillian Jacobs) rise up against the evil corporation in protest or will the new producers pull a Britta instead?  Maybe this is what Chang (Ken Jeong) wanted all along: discord, chaos, the darkest timeline.

For now, the Greendale Seven and the rest of the cast and crew have said farewell for this season with a three-episode finale that may well have been Harmon’s swan song.  “I can’t count the reasons I should stay; one by one they all just fade away.” Feel free to vent your feelings in the comments section below.

community-chang-propaganda-posterUpdate: Dan Harmon took to his official blog to comment on getting fired from his show.  Here’s an excerpt:

You may have read that I am technically “signed on,” by default, to be an executive consulting something or other – which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position.  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.

However, 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.  It’s….not really the way the previous episodes got done.  I was what you might call a….hands on producer.  Are my….periods giving this enough….pointedness?  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 8 times a day.

The same contract also gives me the same salary and title if I spend all day masturbating and playing Prototype 2.  And before you ask yourself what you would do in my situation: buy Prototype 2.  It’s fucking great.

Because Prototype 2 is great, and because nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago.  I’m sorry.  I’m not saying seasons 1, 2 and 3 were my definition of perfect television, I’m just saying that whatever they’re going to do for season 4, they’re aiming to do without my help.  So do not believe anyone that tells you on Monday that I quit or diminished my role so I could spend more time with my loved ones, or that I negotiated and we couldn’t come to an agreement, etc.  It couldn’t be less true because, just to make this clear, literally nobody called me.  Also don’t believe anyone that says I have sex with animals.  And if there’s a photo of me doing it with an animal – I’m not saying one exists, I’m just saying, if one surfaces – it’s a fake.  Look at the shadow.  Why would it be in front of the giraffe if the sun is behind the jeep?

Where was I?  Oh yeah.  I’m not running Community for season 4.  They replaced me.  Them’s the facts.

 




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  • JusticeBorn7

    Losing Dan Harmon is going to hurt. There is no way around it. It does appear that NBC with the move to Friday and what appears to be them getting rid of Harmon plan on softening the show for crowd that thinks “Whitney” is cutting edge comedy.

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  • daveyboy

    I love the show,but Harmon is kind of a dick…3rd season has been a little hit and miss compared to the first two seasons,so maybe shaking it up a bit will breathe a little life into the show…except for putting it in the Friday night death slot…I cant think of one NBC show that is on Friday…

    • Justin

      Grimm’s on Fridays. It has been since it’s premier and it’s done fairly well there.

  • Juke Early

    Studio execs are empty suits. They are going to humdrum it & just play out the string, to the detriment of a talented ensemble. But it reminds me of why I could never be one of those morons. If it came down to Dan Harmon or Chevy Chase? I’d choose Harmon. I never liked Chase’s character or how he played it. He always seemed as if he was on another show.

  • Ryan

    They should have just canceled it. What’s the point of trying to change the show up for what is most likely going to be the final season anyway. No ones going to flock to a 4th season of a show they never watched before just cause you changed some shit. If they change Community too much in an attempt to broaden its appeal, they’re not gonna get new viewers, they’re just gonna lose the ones they already have.

  • Jim

    As a person who has followed Dan Harmon’s work for years, I can safely say that a lot of the show’s writing success was due to Harmon. He has such a distinct writing style that showed itself in every episode, I have no idea how two new show runner would be able to capture it without it becoming almost a parody of itself.

  • Rickey G

    Looks like its 3 1/2 seasons and no movie. NBC seems hell bent on screwing this show up. For shame

  • JIM

    DAN HARMON HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH COMMUNITY. HE DIDN’T CREATE IT OR WRITE A SINGLE EPISODE. STOP TALKING ABOUT THIS GUY LIKE HE HAS SOME CREDIBILITY OR TALENT OR BUSINESS BEING IN THIS INDUSTRY.

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      • Jesus

        All that link shows is that he only wrote the first two episodes – which again is a major downplay of his impact on its tone. As the producer he was there with the Directors on a regular basis influencing the tone of episodes and pointing where the story would go. Now he won’t be.

  • RyanC

    Let’s all hope Dan is currently writing the script for the movie where it turns out season 4 is all part of the darkest timeline. Also this is ridiculous considering the only thing going for the show is a small fanbase and critical support which all has to do with a vision that only Dan harmon can be credited for.

  • Krognar the Everpowerful Magistrate of Magnitudinal Proportions throughout the Multiverse!!!!!!!!!!!!

    NBC is the STUPIDEST fucking channel ever!!! They deserve to be at the bottom! IDIOTS!!!!

  • Strong Enough

    people go crazy for a show. its not real people.

    calm down

  • JR209

    I love community, I really do , but let’s be honest with ourselves it’s the TV INDUSTRY, show BUISNESS. As a buisness owner myself I can relate to the studio not wanting to put out money that gets low ratings, or is not enjoyed by mass audiences. No director, producer, or studio says to themselves, I want to make the greatest show no one will ever see! If Community is not performing the way NBC wants it too they have every right to pull it. They owe nothing to the fans, but owe everything to the shareholders. It’s a stupid mentality it really is but it’s fact. Also having done video work for some bigger businesses in the end it’s what your client wants. Dan Harmon and company are making a show for their client NBC.

    Just think of the shows expenses, claymation, paintball wars, 16bit video game recreation, the deans costumes….is it really worth it. I love community I hope for the best. What really needs to change is the ratings and somehow incorporate HULU and recordings on DVRS.

    • Eric

      way to live in reality. dick.

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