Dan Harmon confirmed on Twitter today that he is indeed returning to Community for the TV comedy’s fifth season.
The series creator was fired as showrunner for Community following its third season, and writers/executive producers David Guarascio and Moses Port took over those duties. Writer-producer Chris McKenna is also reportedly rejoining Community. Guarascio and Port reportedly decided to move on to another project. Neither NBC nor Sony have officially confirmed as yet that Harmon is returning, however.
During a recent taping of his Harmontown podcast, Harmon spilled the beans that he had been asked to return as showrunner. He also joked that he would only return if they brought back Chevy Chase who left the show last November after his dissatisfaction with his role went public.
NBC announced earlier month that the cult favorite would return to the lineup for the 2013-14 television season for an expected 13 episodes. The show ended its fourth season by drawing 3.1 million viewers and a 1.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic for its finale. The show was, however, left off the NBC fall schedule which suggests that it will debut as a mid-season replacement
Community is set at the fictional Glendale Community College in Colorado and has an ensemble cast of quirky characters led by Joel McHale of The Soup fame who is specifically mentioned in Harmon’s tweet embedded below. Season five is presumed to be the final season of Community.
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) June 1, 2013
Harmon’s new animated show Rick and Morty is headed for Adult Swim next year for a 10-episode arc.
Are you fan of Community on NBC? If so, do you think that Dan Harmon’s return as “community organizer” will improve the quality of the show?