‘Community’ Creator Dan Harmon to Return for Final Season


Dan Harmon is going back to school.

The maverick showrunner is close to a deal to return to the helm of NBC’s “Community,” the wildly offbeat sitcom he created about a motley group of students at a community college. His return comes a year after he was ousted by producer Sony Pictures TV amid conflicts on the set and persistently low ratings for the show, which is fortified by a fiercely loyal fan base.

Harmon’s reps have been working out a deal with Sony TV for the past week for him to spearhead the show’s final 13 episodes. Although the deal was not completed as of Saturday afternoon, Harmon confirmed the rumors about his return in a series of oblique tweets on Friday and Saturday. He was finally forced by fan grilling via Twitter to make an unequivocal statement:

Deal is expected to include Chris McKenna as co-showrunner with Harmon. McKenna was a pillar of the offbeat sitcom in its first three seasons but exited along with Harmon.

The show’s fourth season was steered by sitcom vets David Guarascio and Moses Port. The renewal went down to the wire last month, but NBC finally opted to give it a farewell sendoff, rather than running the risk of seeing another outlet (such as Netflix) pick up “Community” and capitalize on NBC’s investment.

Harmon has developed his own cult following during the past few years thanks to his unfiltered communications via social media and his “Harmontown” podcast that is even more out-there than “Community.” Bringing him back to the oversee the final installments gives NBC another marketing hook for the show next season.

Harmon set up comedy development projects at Fox and CBS last year but neither made it to the pilot stage.

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  1. JIM says:

    Nbc, sony , dan harmon and everybody involved with community will be sued and killed for stealing my work!!!!!! There better not be a fifth season of community and dan harmon better stay the hell away from my show!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Guy Steinbeck says:

    This can’t be the last season! #sixseasonsaandamovie

  3. mricolcol says:

    Reblogged this on mricolcoblog and commented:
    Cool…Cool, cool, cool. but really, this is amazing!

  4. JIM says:


  5. Imprincinia the Beautiful African Goddess says:

    May I ask where you heard that this was set to be the final season? I haven’t heard that anywhere. It’s possible, of course, but it sounds like speculation?

    • Kyle says:

      Yeah, I think someone’s jumping to conclusions here. I haven’t anything suggesting this is planned as the last season. It very well could be, but the show has rumored to be “going into its last season” for a few seasons now. If NBC’s comedies crash and burn they might just need another season.

      • Ryan says:

        Its Potentially the last season nothing is confirmed if I was dan harmon or NBC I would not make this the final season, this is like a refreshing for the show why just end it??

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