Over the past three seasons, the NBC comedy Community has proved to be one of the sharpest, funniest, and most enjoyable shows on television. Much of that credit is due to creator/showrunner Dan Harmon, who was publicly fired from the comedy at the end of last season. Though Community lives on with new showrunners, fans are understandably upset that the show’s driving creative force is no longer involved.
Given his talent, it was pretty much a given that Harmon would move on to develop some other series—most likely at another network. It looks as if that’s happening sooner rather than later, as Harmon is nearing a deal to create a new show for Fox. Hit the jump for more.
Per TV Guide, Fox is close to a deal with Harmon to write a pilot for the network. No plot details are given other than the fact that it will likely be a multi-camera comedy. Though the traditional sitcom format seems a strange choice for Harmon, it’s safe to assume the guy knows what he’s doing (*points to 71 episodes of Community*). The deal has yet to be finalized, but many of Harmon’s Community cohorts have since moved over to Fox, including co-executive producer Chris McKenna who was just nominated for an Outstanding Writing Emmy for the brilliant multiple timeline episode “Remedial Chaos Theory.” McKenna is currently working on the new Fox series The Mindy Project.
Whatever network or project Harmon chooses as his Community follow-up, I have no doubt that legions of fans will eagerly tune in. Hopefully things move forward quickly, because there will be a Harmon-shaped hole in our television schedules this fall that’ll be impossible to fill.