Following his very public ousting from the showrunner position at NBC’s Community, fans were eager to know where Dan Harmon’s inevitable new series would pop up. As the key creative force behind the brilliance of Community, Harmon fielded interest from a number of networks. It appeared as though we had our answer when news broke last week that Harmon was nearing a deal with Fox for a new multi-camera comedy series, but now word comes that Harmon is also penning a project for CBS. Hit the jump for more.
Per TV Line, Harmon has signed a second “blind script deal” at CBS, where he’ll pen another multi-camera comedy project that will be produced by CBS TV Studios. With both new projects being of the multi-camera format (and with one of them at CBS), it appears as though Harmon may be trying to prove that he can reach wide audiences in addition to the niche market that he cornered on Community.
Though single-camera comedies are basically the norm these days, I’m genuinely interested to see what a multi-cam sitcom from Harmon’s warped mind looks like. The scribe has apparently been scouting talent recently, as he likes to write to specific actors’ strengths. Community took a few episodes to find its footing, and it’s pretty great to now go back and watch the show—and characters—evolve over those first few installments.
It remains to be seen if Harmon’s scripts at both Fox and CBS get the greenlight to move on to the pilot stage, but this is all very good news for those who were sad to see Harmon forced out of Community. The guy is obviously desirable from a creative standpoint, and hopefully we’ll have a Harmon-led show on the air by Fall 2013.