Now that Dan Harmon has his old job back on the cult comedy Community, why not rake last season over the coals for being Dan Harmon-less?
Harmon created Community, and worked on the show for three seasons before being abruptly fired for reasons that are still not incredibly clear. Season 4 worked under the direction of David Guarascio and Moses Port. Harmon (and he’s not the only one) said when he finally watched Season 4, he was not impressed.
“I watched ['Community'] Season 4. I guess I already knew this, but apparently I’m quite a genius. It was weird. I think I pretty feel pretty comfortable expressing any kind of like, ‘Eh, not my cup of tea’ about it, because … this has been expressed a thousand times over, it’s obviously not somebody doing what they do, and trying really hard to make people happy. It is very much like an impression, and an unflattering one. It’s just 13 episodes of, ‘Oh, I’m Dan Harmon! Die Hard!’” Harmon said on his latest podcast.
“The weird thing that keeps eating at me is there’s a system in place that’s winning. Because I would have had too much leverage, too much salary [entering a fourth season]. They just flushed us, replaced us with two guys that didn’t know what they were getting into… And I think they tried their best … and that was their most admirable impulse, to not let these people down.
[Sony] accidentally, in the quest to recoup their investment, they made a TV show with a bunch of actors that make people really happy, and we got 13 more episodes. I like the idea that we’ve laced the opiate with a little bit of activation and a little bit of humanity.”
Community was surprisingly renewed for a fifth season in May, and series star Joel McHale is happy that Harmon is back doing his old job.
He told The Huffington Post:
“Dan is the voice of the show and there’s nobody else on the planet like him, so when it started happening that he was coming back, I became as excited as a little boy on Christmas morning — who celebrates Christmas. I’m thrilled he’s back, [along with] Chris McKenna, who wrote ‘Remedial Chaos Theory.’”
Do you think that Community will be better with Dan Harmon back in the saddle?