Will Dan Harmon Return to COMMUNITY for Season 5? [UPDATED: Moses Port and David Guarascio Officially Out]

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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.]




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  • victorinox126

    PLEASE.

  • zdroberts

    Dear lord, make my dreams come true. It was so tough not watching this last season.

  • Al Conyado

    fuck please let him com eback, last season of Community was fucking horrible! Like it was written based on focus group info.

    • Paranoid Android

      Oh, come on! It wasnt THAT horrible. In fact, i enjoyed some of the episodes.

      • Paranoid Android

        But, of course, the returning of this dude will be the best for show.

    • pinkincide

      The first 3 seasons had some real duds people are choosing to overlook. Without Harmon they dialed down Dean Pelton and Chang–the stupid cartoon characters dragging down the show. I don’t care if he comes back or not, the writers are doing fine.

    • LEM

      It probably was.

  • Yurine

    I don’t normally pray, but for Harmon to come back i will pray this once.

  • TotesMcGotes

    Pretty please?

  • Alan Burnett

    I haven’t seen an episode of Season Four. Is it really that bad? Are there any good episodes or should I just skip to Season Five if Harmon returns?

    • cruzzercruz

      There’s about two episodes that feel like they could roughly fit into season one of the Harmon era, but other than that, they’re mostly abysmal, unfunny, and retroactively ruin some of the series’ best episodes with unnecessary “retcons.”

      It might be worth it just to see how the show has changed and would change again upon Harmon’s potential return.

      • Alan Burnett

        What are the best episodes?

      • cruzzercruz

        Well, two clear instances of good episodes being butchered are “Advanced Dungeons and Dragons” (my personal favorite) and “Remedial Chaos Theory.”

        One of season four’s episodes does flashbacks to older episodes from the perspective of other, tertiary characters, showing how the study group is essentially a cancerous entity that ruins things for the other students, while we’re used to seeing them as the heroes. It’s an interesting idea, but it makes moot certain emotionally impacting situations. In “Advanced D&D,” the study group goes out of their way to help Fat Neil, who’s on the brink of suicide because of constantly being picked on. It’s revealed that it’s partially Jeff’s fault, but the entire group sans Pierce works to help Neil feel welcome and cared for and ultimately saves his life. This flashback episode makes note that, evidently, there were people waiting outside the study room on a Saturday irritated because the group is always taking up the space without reservations. It unnecessarily dampens what is one of the more emotionally engaging episodes for a somewhat interesting, but misguided joke/plot point. They could’ve used any instance, why bank on souring that one because it was a fan favorite, and therefore recognizable?

        Then there’s the season finale, which brings back the darkest timeline versions of the characters, albeit all in Jeff’s mind. If they only existed in Abed’s mind, it would make total sense, but evidently, Jeff is now as detached from reality as Abed is, creating a fictional scenario to deal with his anxiety about graduation. It runs into the ground the timelines, revisits the die tossing that worked so well the first time, and even brings back paintball as if that hadn’t been beaten to death already. It’s full of lazy throwbacks that only dilute the original episodes in retrospect.

        I’m sure there’s even more, but I wasn’t able to watch each episode more than once without getting depressed.

    • Harry Palm

      No, it’s not THAT bad. It has problems, for sure. Some of the episodes are flatout terrible, including the first and the last, but there are some really good episodes, too that felt like they could’ve been in seasons 1 or 2. Overall, I liked it more than Season 3, which I am not a fan of at all.

  • cruzzercruz

    The fourth season felt like it was written by people who had either seen the show or heard about it from others, which is saddening since some of the writers were actually around for the first three seasons. It was soulless, unfunny, and constantly trying to be Community without ever actually “being” Community. Vague pop culture references and callbacks to old jokes does not a good show make. It was missing the intelligence and defiant attitude the show had before, when it didn’t care about alienating people who weren’t in on the joke. I’m not sure if Harmon can resuscitate the show, especially if a lot of his staff has moved on, but he’ll do a better job than the clean up crew they had trying to make the best out of an awful situation and failing at every turn.

  • mike_thoms

    I’m fairly certain that Harmon is still listed in the closing credits as some manner of consulting producer for season 4. In addition to being listed as the show creator.

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  • Harry Palm

    I don’t even care anymore. I hated the bulk of Season 3 and Season 4 had a couple of really good episodes, but had some really horrible ones, too and overall wasn’t enough to bring me back to the fold. I’m done with the show. I’ll watch my Season 1 and 2 DVD’s until I die, but the show can drop dead for all I care at this point. It’s no longer the show that I fell in love with years ago and it never will be again.

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