Things could be looking up for the students of Greendale Community College. Longtime fans of NBC’s “Community” are already aware that creator/showrunner Dan Harmon was unceremoniously fired from the series after its third season and replaced by Moses Port and David Guarascio, who previously worked on shows like “Happy Endings” and “Just Shoot Me.” And as anyone who watched Season 4 knows, the show just wasn’t the same without Harmon’s weird, distinct, and hilarious voice leading the charge.
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like the dreams of hardcore fans just might come true. Harmon is reportedly exploring a return to the series, though in what capacity remains to be seen. (Harmon made the announcement on Sunday’s episode of his Harmontown podcast, though he asked for it to be edited out before the episode aired.) It’s not likely that he’d return as the showrunner, since that would mean NBC firing the two guys that they just hired to take over for Harmon (which would make NBC look like idiots), so I’m guessing Harmon could come back in some sort of story editor/consultant role. There have been whispers of Harmon coming back for a couple of weeks now, but I never thought there would be any validity to those rumors. Harmon doesn’t strike me as a guy who would be content to sit on the sidelines and offer moral support; anyone who follows him on Twitter knows that he’s a very outspoken guy with a pretty big ego (status quo for creative types), and unless he’s broke, I’m shocked that he’d even consider going back to deal with the people that booted him from his own series.
The good news is if this pans out, “Community” has a chance of returning to its former glory. The cast has done an admirable job with the material they’ve been given, but without Harmon’s creative spirit pushing the story forward, Season 4 of the show was a complete disaster. Having Harmon back could breathe new life into the series, which has already been renewed for a 5th season by the network. Many fans (myself included) were actually disappointed when the show was renewed, because it’s better to let something you love die than try to parade its corpse around and pretend everything is OK. And now that Chevy Chase – who notoriously and publicly butted heads with Harmon – is off the show, maybe, just maybe, we’ll see a “Community” that resembles the brilliance we got in the first few seasons. We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out.
What do you think about Harmon possibly returning to his old show? Is his time passed, or would you like to see him lead the Greendale crew to their former glory?
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