New “Community” Showrunners Pledge To Keep Show “Weird,” Tease Season 4

Cross-armed and furrow-browed Community fans met the program’s new showrunners on Friday at Comic-Con in San Diego. Ahead of their appearance, David Guarascio and Moses Port reassured fans of the cult-hit that the show will “stay weird” despite the departure of show creator Dan Harmon.

“A couple of months ago, we were a lot like you: just huge fans of the show who thought it was one of the most special things on television,” said Guarascio at the panel discussion. “Suddenly we’re here, helping to keep it going. The only thing we care about is keeping it this weird, wonderful gem that it’s always been. That’s not gonna change.”

Community‘s Joel McHale seemed in good spirits as well, joking that he was forced to sit through a nine-hour briefing regarding Harmon’s dismissal, reports the Huffington Post. “I got most of the points, I was tested on it,” he joked. “As you’ve probably heard, Dan created the show and gave me the job of a lifetime and I think it’s the greatest show in the history of television. It was such a strange time. I wanted Dan back, but obviously a lot of stuff changed and it’s different.” Regardless, McHale and the rest of the cast seemed in good spirits as they headed to Comic-Con, with McHale posting several tweets and pictures of himself and the cast.

Joining the Community panel were cast-members Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, series writers Megan Gauz, Andy Bobrow and executive producer Russ Krasnott. Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash were absent, reports Deadline.

So what can we expect from Community season 4? “It’s emotional for people, what’s going to happen next. That’ll give us a chance to explore some new relationships; one might have to do with the dean (Jim Rash) and Jeff.” Guarascio teases. “We’re going to see Pierce’s mansion and see the twisted world where he lives. We’re going to get to go to an Inspector Spacetime convention,” he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Everyone’s going to go.”

McHale himself is in the dark about the next season of Community, but believes the show is in good hands. “I can’t really tell you what’s different yet, but it’s different in that I know that it will be. Maybe I’m speaking too soon in that I haven’t read a thing,” he said, joking, “I know that all the scripts will be in German, which is odd. I don’t know why.”

I still believe in Community, though I am reluctant. What about you, will you be tuning in?