27 May, 2013

Dan Harmon to return to COMMUNITY for season 5?

The god of the COMMUNITY universe, Dan Harmon, apparently told the crowd at a recent podcast recording that he's been asked to return as show runner for season 5 of COMMUNITY, which was picked up by NBC earlier this month.

If these reports are accurate, they validate every negative thing I've said about the 4th season (outside of the wonderfully written Jim Rash episode) and my reason to stop reviewing the show.

Network and studio executives don't admit they are wrong. They don't crawl back to someone they fired. When they do, it is because they recognize the talent that made the show work was actually essential.

No reports yet of whether or not Mr. Harmon has decided to return (he may have emotionally moved on for all we know) but let me submit my suggestion for how the 5th season under Dan Harmon could begin.

Abed finds Star-Burns in the shower and realizes not only did he not die (we know he didn't), but that season 4 was a bad dream.

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17 comments:

  1. I dare you to review every Season 4 episode if he does decide to return ;)

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    1. Why would I review every season 4 episode?

      Do you mean season 5?

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    2. Just missed your reviews on the site. I hope Dan Harmon comes back. Season 4 sucked Annie's boobs (if that makes sense)

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    3. I've said there won't be any more TV reviews on the site... BUT if Dan Harmon returns to COMMUNITY in season 5 as show runner, I will review those episodes.

      Or someone will. :)

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    4. Furthermore, if you read Matt Wiener interviews, he basically says that if he does not re-write more than 70% of a script then he gives the "Co-Writer" full credit. So say, even if he was like Wiener and co writes all scripts, and one appeared without his name, it just means it was a script that was more than 30% ok...if you know what I mean.

      Basically show runners like Wiener and Harmon write every script.... no wonder they get tetchy when some wanker has the audacity to criticized their work.

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  2. How much was Harmon involved in the whole process and in which way will his return change things in your opinion if I may ask? I ask because as far as I know he only wrote a couple of episodes and was responsible for editing. Though the editing was horrible and one of the major weaknesses in season 4 in my opinion, but I think even if he returns for season 5 the lack of veteran writers might still be noticeable.

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    1. Although his name may not have been on the scripts (unlike the glory hog that is Matt Weiner) you can bet he re-wrote most of the scripts and made them his vision.

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    2. Harmon was the first and last word in every single episode. As Shawn said, he may not have gotten writing credits in the episodes (because of WGA rules) but there wasn't an episode he didn't lead from beginning to end.

      To say all he did was write a few episodes and edit is wildly ignorant.

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    3. To be clear, I didn't mean to imply that this was all he did, only what I knew he did. It's quite obvious that as a showrunner he was creativly involved, but not to what extend - that's why I asked.

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    4. Well, now you know. :)

      That's why critics and fans have been so vocal about his ousting. Show runners get replaced all the time but he was so much more than a classic show runner.

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    5. How did David E Kelley (who wrote most of Boston Legal) and Aaron Sorkin (who wrote most of the first 4 seasons of the West Wing) get around WHA rules?

      Did they just say other people wrote them? Did they put a fellow writer next to their names on scripts? I mean, it was obvious that they wrote everything...how did they escape sanction?

      How did Adam Reed get away with writing most episodes of Archer.

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    6. I could be wrong but I think it has something to do with them being EPs.

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  3. I think that Megan Ganz leaving the series is unfortunate, but if Harmon does decide to come back, he'll still be able to pull a slam dunk. I mean, come on, it's Dan friggin' Harmon.

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    1. She didn't seem all that impressive without Dan running things.

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    2. And sadly, I haven't liked the 1 or 2 Modern Family episodes she's written. Then again, I really don't like Modern Family too much these days.

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  4. Deadline is reporting that Dan Harmon will officially be back.

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