Dan Harmon Talks HARMONTOWN, Touring, the Writing Process, RICK AND MORTY, COMMUNITY Season 6, and More

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As a giant fan of Rick and Morty and a viewer of Community whose regard of that show oscillates between passionate love and mild frustration, I was fairly trepidatious about watching Harmontown.  The film focusses on a tour that Dan Harmon, the creator and writer of those aforementioned projects, undertook in the wake of his firing from Community after that show’s third season (he has since returned to the program).  The tour itself sprung from Harmon’s weekly podcast, held in front of a live audience at Meltdown Comics here in Los Angeles.

Having never attended the event myself, it seemed from afar like a cult of personality that I wanted little to do with, despite my admiration for Harmon’s work.  After watching Harmontown (trailer here) it turns out I had misjudged the event and how legitimate the connection between Harmon and that audience actually is.  There’s a tangible exchange going on, and its not exploitive on either side.  I urge you to watch this movie not only to experience that connection, but to truly get inside the mind of a troubled creative genius.  Hit the jump for my Dan Harmon interview.  Harmontown opens in Los Angeles and VOD on October 3rd.  It hits New York on October 10th.

Yvette Nicole Brown Leaving COMMUNITY

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Though Community was brought back from the dead this summer after Yahoo Screen picked up the comedy following NBC’s cancellation, it will return with one less original cast member.  TV Guide reports that Yvette Nicole Brown will be departing the show before its upcoming sixth season due to family reasons, as the actress explains that she needs to care for her ailing father.  The split from the show was amicable as executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna said in a joint statement, “Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best.”  More after the jump.

Joe and Anthony Russo Talk COMMUNITY Season 6; Say “Dan Harmon Will Make a Movie” and Reveal Chris McKenna Wrote Jokes for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

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Community is really kind of “The Little Engine That Could” of modern sitcoms.  The show found its creative footing during its first season and built up a small yet loyal fanbase, but during its five seasons on NBC it faced the threat of cancellation nearly every year, had its showrunner/principal creative force fired for a season and then rehired a year later, and then finally NBC cancelled the offbeat series once and for all this past May.  Fans were obviously upset by this news, but it felt like it had been a long time coming.  But no, Community wasn’t dead yet.  At the last minute, Yahoo Screen picked up the rights to the series and ordered a sixth season of Community to air exclusively on the digital platform.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been involved with Community since its inception, helming the pilot and 20 other episodes of the show throughout its run.  When Steve recently spoke with the Russo brothers in anticipation of the Marvel film’s Blu-ray release, the two also discussed their impending return to Community to direct one Season Six episode and the show’s move to Yahoo Screen.  Additionally, they addressed the prospect of a Community movie, saying they’re confident it will happen and would be willing to direct it “in a heartbeat,” and revealed that executive producer Chris McKenna actually contributed jokes to The Winter Soldier.  More after the jump.

HARMONTOWN Trailer: Go on the Road With the Genius Behind COMMUNITY and RICK AND MORTY

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I have a love/hate relationship with Community.  At its best, the show transcends merely being funny and offers truly unique insight into the types characters that other programs either reduce into caricature or marginalize completely.  At its worst (not counting the apparently abysmal Season 4), it’s self-indulgent and overly reliant on meta in-jokes concerning its own universe.  Thankfully, it’s usually great.  And if you’ve seen Rick and Morty you know that that show in particular can be astoundingly good.  They both come from the mind of Dan Harmon, which isn’t always a pleasant place to be as evidenced by this trailer to Harmontown.

The film focusses on Harmon’s podcast/comedy tour last year and features interviews with the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, the cast of Community and more.  It was written and directed by Neil Berkeley the Orchard will be releasing it in theaters and VOD on October 3rd.  Hit the jump for the Harmontown trailer.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Will Return on Yahoo Screen

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Never underestimate Community’s power of resurrection.  After years facing cancellation on NBC, not to mention a showrunner change that drained the show’s creativity followed by the return of Dan Harmon the following season, the network finally brought the ax down this May, just as the series was on the cusp of fulfilling its unlikely “Six Seasons and a Movie” prophecy.  Talk then turned to a potential season six continuation on Hulu, but that prospect never came to fruition.  Sony TV had a contractual hold on the cast through June 30th, and as the days wound down, it looked like the show might finally be dead.  And then, almost as if on cue, Sony TV announced today that Community season 6 will continue on the interwebs via Yahoo Screen.  Hit the jump for more.

NBC Cancels COMMUNITY after 5 Seasons

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Alas, it appears that Community will fall short of its “Six Seasons and a Movie” battle cry.  TV Line confirms that NBC has finally cancelled the ratings-challenged sitcom, which went through its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama as well; it’s really almost a miracle it lasted this long.  Though the life of the series was cut short, we can be thankful for five four seasons worth of weirdness that ranged from broad comedy to dark drama.  The show at times verged on being too strange, even for Community, but it was never dull under the guidance of creator/showrunner/mad genius Dan Harmon.  He’s truly one of a kind. Hit the jump for more.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Renewal Looking More Likely as Movie Talk Heats Up; Justin Lin Could Direct

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The unofficial “Six Seasons and a Movie” slogan for NBC’s beloved if underseen comedy Community began as an offhanded joke by Danny Pudi’s Abed, but it’s now looking like a serious harbinger for things to come.  Though creator Dan Harmon returned as showrunner for the fifth season and things have been on a creative upswing, ratings remain very low.  However, every comedy on NBC’s Thursday night lineup has low ratings.  In fact, after canceling all of its comedy shows besides Community and Parks and Recreation last year, these two remain the only comedies still chugging along on Thursday night as new bets like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J Fox Show have already fallen by the wayside.

As Community continues its low yet consistent ratings course, a sixth season renewal is looking more likely, and given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” moniker, talk of a movie is apparently heating up.  Hit the jump for more.

RICK AND MORTY Renewed for Second Season

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Fans of Cartoon Network’s half-hour animated comedy series Rick and Morty will be happy to hear that the show has been renewed for a second season.  From co-creators and executive producers Dan Harmon and Justin RoilandRick and Morty follows “a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the Monday 10:30pm time slot didn’t offer up much competition for the show, but it’s welcome news for fans just the same.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

Go Behind the Scenes of COMMUNITY’s Season 5 Premiere with Commentary from Dan Harmon and the Cast, Plus Outtakes and Fan Questions

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If you didn’t catch Community’s return to television last night for its season five premiere, you might want to remedy that before checking out the following video.  A new behind-the-scenes look features commentary from creator-showrunner Dan Harmon, along with cast members Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, to name a few.  In addition to a recap of the pilot episode, the cast answers some fan questions about what viewers can expect the rest of the season.  Oh, and did I mention outtakes?  Hit the jump to watch.

A Look Ahead at Season 5 of COMMUNITY, Featuring the Return of Dan Harmon and Starring Joel McHale

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Fans of NBC’s cult comedy series Community were certainly happy to hear the news that Dan Harmon would be returning as showrunner, but will the show be able to hit the ground running after a season without him?  Viewers will be able to judge for themselves shortly, but we’ve got a sneak preview of season five to share with you ahead of time.  Rest assured that we’ll keep everything spoiler-free, suffice it to say that there are some great character turns, cameos and one-liners early on (no surprises there).

Community returns to NBC with a one-hour special starting Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.  Hit the jump for our preview.

COMMUNITY Season 5 Trailer Brings the Cast Together in Harmon-y

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If you felt like something was a bit off with season four of NBC’s comedy series, Community, this new trailer for season five will set you right again.  There’s no doubt in my mind that Dan Harmon brings a brand of humor to the show that’s unique (and hilarious), but will he be able to get back into form after being away for a season?  This trailer absolutely puts those fears to rest as it’s quintessential Harmon.  And if you’re wondering why and how Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is back, check out this explanatory trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Community returns in a one-hour premiere on NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

First Trailer for COMMUNITY Season 5

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NBC has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of the comedy series Community.  While fans were a bit dismayed with how season four played out without the direction of creator Dan Harmon, he’s back onboard as showrunner for season five and this trailer makes pointed reference to what may be a bit of a “do-over” for the show.  The biggest revelation in this trailer is the circumstances behind how Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger returns to Greendale Community College full time.  Though I’m sure it will be plenty spoiled in the many promos to come, I’ll let you folks enjoy the revelation at your own discretion.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Community returns to NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland Talk RICK AND MORTY, Their Writing Process, Network Input, Avoiding Satire, and More

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Premiering tonight on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network’s weird older brother) is Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland‘s Rick & Morty.  The half-hour animated series is about a “sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  The show features the voices of Roiland, Chris Parnell,Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Harmon and Roiland.  They talked about making the pilot, the evolution of the show in future episodes, network input, how the two of them share responsibilities, their writing process, the show’s use of sci-fi and how it helps to develop their stories, staying away from satire, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

RICK AND MORTY Review: Dan Harmon’s Animated Adult Swim Comedy Has Room to Grow

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Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block of programming has always pushed the envelop when it comes to comedic content.  Bizarre and abstract don’t even begin to explain series like Harvey Birdman: Attorney at LawAqua Teen Hunger Force or Squidbillies.  But what all of these shows have in common is both newness (either a new take on an old cartoon, like Harvey, or an entirely new concept, like Aqua Teen) and charm.  Squidbillies is full of vulgar and violent humor, but it’s grounded by the singularity of a character like Early, with his horrible homespun wisdom, as well as the show’s biting satire.  All this to say that when it comes to the new half hour comedy Rick and Morty, well … hit the jump for more.

Watch the First Episode of RICK AND MORTY from Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland

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If you don’t want to wait for Rick and Morty’s television debut this coming Monday, you can watch the first episode online now.  From creators Justin Roiland (Fish Hooks) and Dan Harmon (Community) comes this new animated half-hour comedy series about a sociopathic scientist who drags his dim-witted grandson into all sorts of dangerous adventures in all corners of the universe.  The first episode official airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump to watch the first episode of Rick and Morty.

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