Dan Harmon Confirms He Is Returning to COMMUNITY Season 5 as Showrunner

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Dan Harmon is going back to school.  While the Community creator and former showrunner was fired following the conclusion of the NBC comedy’s third season, rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that Harmon had been asked to return to the series this year for the bubble show’s fifth season.  Moses Port and David Guarascio—who replaced Harmon as the showrunners of season four to decidedly mixed results—opted not to come back for season five when NBC semi-surprisingly renewed the series for another season, and with Chevy Chase gone as well, the opportunity seemed ripe for Harmon to come back.  Now Community fans have reason to rejoice, as Harmon has confirmed on Twitter that he is indeed returning to the series.  Hit the jump for more.

Harmon confirmed his return to Community on Twitter

While it’s not uncommon for shows to undergo staffing changes behind the scenes, the essence of Community very much came from the mind of Harmon.  Much like an Aaron Sorkin-less The West Wing , Harmon’s absence was wholeheartedly felt in season four, as everything from the show’s sense of humor to the characters seemed off.  There were a couple of bright spots to be found, specifically the excellent Jim Rash-penned body swap episode, but all in all Harmon’s return is very, very good news for fans of the series. 

Taking to Twitter, the creative went on to hint that he’s already staffing the show, humorously asking his Twitter followers if anyone knew any talented writers that “haven’t been hired by Parks and Rec.”  Many of Community’s veteran writers exited the series at the same time as Harmon, with Megan Ganz recently making the move to ABC’s Modern Family.  I’m interested to see how Harmon addresses season four when the show returns, if he does so at all.  Will he claim that this most recent season was all a dream?  Will he acknowledge certain story developments like Ken Jeong’s awful “Changnesia” arc or the infiltration of the darkest timeline?  We’ll find out for sure when Community returns for what is likely its final round of episodes, though NBC has not announced a firm airdate for the comedy just yet so don’t expect to see it until midseason.

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  • Anthonyg1500

    Why make it a dream? That would mean retreading a lot of previously explored waters. Just let season 4 be what it is and make season 5 better

  • JIM

    NBC, SONY TELEVISION, DAN HARMON AND EVERYBODY INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY WILL BE SUED AND KILLED FOR STEALING MY WORK!!!!!!

    • notanutbag

      is that you, chevy chase?

      • Snarky

        I totally hear that rant being said in Pierce’s voice.

      • JIM

        CHEVY CHASE, DAN HARMON AND EVERYBODY INVOLVED WITH COMMUNITY DON’T EXIST!!!!!! THEY’VE DONE NOTHING BUT STEAL MY WORK!!!!!! THERE BETTER NOT BE A FIFTH SEASON OF COMMUNITY!!!!!! THIS IS STOLEN WORK!!!!!!

      • Random Bystander

        If they don’t exist, how could they be sued and killed or have stolen anything?

      • JIM

        THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE STOLEN MY FILMS, TV SHOWS, AND SONGS THE PAST 30+ YEARS WILL BE SUED, KILLED, AND ERASED!!!!!! PAY ATTENTION TO EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE IT’S ALL GOING AWAY!!!!!!

      • Random Bystander

        …okay.

      • http://www.pcass.co.uk Andrew Shaw

        Film, TV AND songs? At least they’ve left your Tony award-winning plays untouched.

      • JIM

        ACTUALLY THESE PEOPLE HAVE STOLEN SEVERAL PLAYS I WROTE!!!!!!

    • built_for_greed

      Wow, I saw you over on the E! Online article ranting as well… you are a unique individual.

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  • Random Bystander

    The thing that sucks about season 4 (from a story-wise pov) is that they took all the hanging plot threads Harmon left in season 3 and produced a sub-par result. Now Harmon doesn’t have anything left that he wanted to conclude, he pretty much has to make all new stuff which leaves less of a payoff. I bet Harmon would’ve done an awesome Chang/Dean Spreck team up, the stakes undoubtedly would’ve been higher than Kevin’s fake changnesia. Can’t wait for season 5. #sixseasonsandamovie

  • Casey

    I actually enjoyed the Changnesia

  • Harry Palm

    I love how so many people complained about how silly and stupid Season 3 was, but then completely ignore that fact when Dan Harmon got fired and act like Season 4 was the worst just because he wasn’t there. Season 4 had a lot of really bad episodes, but a few of them were better than anything we got in Season 3 (‘Herstory of Dance’ for example). They actually did a few character driven episodes and Pierce and Britta acted like their old selves for a while instead of acting like Grandpa Simpson and Blondie Bimbo. Yes, the Changnesia plot line was completely stupid, but it was no worse than the Chang coup or the air conditioning repair school plot lines in Season 3. I wanted to bail on the show while Dan Harmon was in charge, but I figured the show would end after their graduation because that made the most sense so I stuck it out to what should have been the end. Of course, Hollywood is stupid and it wasn’t the end, but it was to me. They can clone a dozen Dan Harmons to write the show and I still won’t watch it. I’ll just stick to the first two seasons and remember how good the show used to be.

    • Jim

      Season 3 was rough, I’ll give you that, but the episodes that worked WORKED. Next to nothing in 4 was even watchable.

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