Some good news this week (especially if you are still recovering from the Red Wedding on this weeks Game of Thrones): Dan Harmon has confirmed his return to Community, the show he created and ran for three seasons before being removed for this past season.
Speaking to a crowd at L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater, Harmon told the audience that he is bringing back his lead writer as well, Chris McKenna, who left the show soon after Harmon’s dismissal. As for the rest of his writing staff, well the help wanted signs are affixed over at Sony now. As IGN put it:
With Community having wrapped production on Season 4 several months ago, it seems no writers are in place for Season 5 beyond Harmon and McKenna as yet. Harmon joked to the audience this weekend, “If any of you are a midlevel writer who doesn’t work for Parks and Rec, let me know that you exist and I would love to hire you. Because this city has been picked clean by every show already, and right now we have to put a staff together. So see me after the show. And it pays — I don’t know — 25 grand a week or something like that.”
This is incredibly exciting. Season 4 was by far Community’s worst season to date, far more so than even Season One which took at least half the season to find its legs. That is not to say that it was terrible. Even at its worst, Community far surpasses most network sitcoms out there. But the return of Dan Harmon will bring a significant amount of joy to the loyal fan-base the show has acquired (and hopefully not lost) over the years. Also, with NBC’s love-hate relationship with Community, who knows how many more seasons we will have so let’s make sure that if we go out, we go out with the heart and soul we came in with.
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