Nick Offerman, "Parks and Recreation's" Ron Swanson, wasn't surprised Dan Harmon was fired from "Community," he told GQ.
"It was crazy, but not surprising. Dan has been notoriously difficult with NBC. And then he had that really public Chevy Chase feud," Offerman explained. "I think Dan is brilliant, but we all kind of hung our heads and thought, 'That's no way for a boss to behave.'"
Many "Community" stars had strong reactions to Harmon's departure, including a lot of gratitude for his work on the show. "We all texted him our congratulations [on his win]," Gillian Jacobs, who plays Britta, told Vulture. "We're all very grateful to him, because he really changed our lives and our careers, so we have an infinite amount of gratitude towards him and his beautiful writing and his ambition."
Jacobs also tweeted her appreciation of Harmon after news of his firing. "I'm so grateful to @danharmon for my role, the show and everything else. Thank you, Dan. Thank you," she wrote in May. "Community" star Joel McHale also tweeted, "@danharmon you are a true genius. You gave me the role of a lifetime & three of the best years of my life. Buying #Prototype2 today."
Alison Brie, who plays Annie, told EW that Season 4 of "Community" should be interesting without Harmon. "There’s no question that the show will be different," she said. "Dan Harmon was so instrumental in everything that went on with the show, and was the cause of most of the relentless innovation ... Hopefully we’ll maintain the essence of what makes this show great," Brie said.
Harmon's firing wasn't the only nail-biter when it came to NBC's 2012-2013 season, due to the uncertainty around "Parks and Recreation's" future. "The Thursday and Friday before the upfronts [the May event where the networks reveal their fall shows to advertisers], we still weren't hearing if the show had been picked up, and we were nervous," Offerman told GQ. "Then suddenly there were rumors, and for the first time NBC didn't invite the cast to the upfronts. We were, like, what's going on!"
"Parks and Recreation" was renewed for another season. Offerman and the rest of the cast will be returning Thursday, Sept. 20 at 9:30 pm. ET on NBC.
Read more of Nick Offerman's GQ interview here to find out about his favorite Ron Swanson line, what it was like to write a "Parks and Recreation" episode and more.
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Mon., July 2: "Four Houses"
(10 p.m. ET on TLC) <em>series premiere</em> This new competition series follows four homeowners who are invited to preview, critique and score each other's homes for the chance to win $10,000 and an opportunity to be featured in <em>Better Homes and Gardens</em> magazine. Each episode features design-obsessed homeowners as they vie to impress the other three contestants with their unique decor and personal style. The contestants will have the chance to snoop around each home and give their frank -- and often harsh -- opinions before awarding the home an overall impression score out of ten and ranking it for originality, style and livability.
Mon., July 2: "Web Therapy"
(11 p.m. ET on Showtime) <em>season premiere</em> Lisa Kudrow returns as Fiona Wallice, the self-professed and self-serving psychotherapist who treats patients in three minute sessions via webcam. The eleven, half-hour episodes of Season 2 find Fiona playing the woman-behind-the-man in Kip's political campaign while juggling her burgeoning career as an author and continuing to advise the hapless clients who have wandered into her web (including a few familiar faces).
Tues., July 3: "The Catalina"
(8 p.m. ET on The CW) <em>season finale</em> When Nathan wants to set up a last minute Cinco de Mayo party at The Catalina, Morgan is furious at the lack of notice and contemplates leaving the hotel. Meanwhile, Kris puts the moves on Stephanie, sparking a chain of gossip amongst the staff, and paranormal investigators discover that the hotel might be haunted.
Tues., July 3: "The Real Housewives Top 20 Reunion Moments"
(9 p.m. ET on Bravo) <em>special presentation</em> If you're a fan of trainwreck TV, you won't want to miss this rundown of some of the most memorable reunion moments from the "Real Houswives" franchise.
Wed., July 4: "Dallas"
(9 p.m. ET on TNT) Following a catch-up marathon of the first four episodes (beginning at 5 p.m. for your Independence Day viewing pleasure), episode five sees tensions running high between newlyweds Christopher and Rebecca, while the deed to Southfork is revealed, threatening to tear apart familial bonds.
Wed., July 4: "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular"
(9 p.m. ET on NBC) <em>special presentation</em> Regis Philbin hosts a star-studded celebration of the country's 236th birthday, featuring performances from Katy Perry and Kenny Chesney. The special will culminate with the nation's largest Fourth of July fireworks display, featuring more than 40,000 firework shells igniting over the Hudson River in New York City.
Thurs., July 5: "Kathy"
(10 p.m. ET on Bravo) <em>season finale</em> The first season of Kathy Griffin's raucous pop-culture talk show comes to a close with guests Jimmy Kimmel, Nick Rizzo and John Oliviera.
Thurs., July 5: "Awkward."
(10.30 p.m. ET on MTV) The discovery of a secret security camera -- and its missing footage -- sends the school into an uproar, with students feeling compelled to confess all of their most embarrassing hook-ups before the tape turns up in the wrong hands. The series reaches new heights of hilarity with the introduction of Becca, the intimidating head of the school's Asian clique.
Fri., July 6: "20/20"
(9 p.m. ET on ABC) <em>special presentation</em> Anchored by Barbara Walters, "Heaven: Where Is It? How Do We Get There?" explores the meaning of heaven with religious leaders of the major faiths, scientists, people who say they believe in heaven because they have been there, with celebrities who are vocal about their beliefs, and even with terrorists.
Fri., July 6: "Say Yes to the Dress"
(9 p.m. ET on TLC) Olympic skater Johnny Weir helps a friend shop for a wedding gown.
Sun., July 18: "Sunday Best"
(8 p.m. ET on BET) <em>season premiere</em> Yolanda Adams and CeCe Winans join the gospel singing contest as new judges for the fifth season.
Sun., June 17: "Hoarding: Buried Alive"
(9 p.m. ET on TLC) <em>season premiere</em> An Elvis impersonator finds himself swamped by stacks of The King's memorabilia.