Fans of "Community" are excited about the return of series creator Dan Harmon, and they have series stars Joel McHale and Jim Rash to thank for his return.

Harmon, the creator of "Community" gave up his show when Sony (the company that produces the series) and NBC fired him and brought on David Guarascio and Moses Port who were producers on ABC's "Happy Endings." Then in an unprecedented move, they re-hired Harmon for "Community's" upcoming fifth season.

When speaking with the New York Times, McHale, who plays Jeff Winger on the series hinted at his frustration with the fourth season. “The scripts don’t just come out of stories and jokes," said McHale. "They come out of real meaning, and real characters that crazy stuff happens to.”

The New York Times also reports that it was McHale and Rash (who plays Dean Pelton on the series) are the ones fans should thank for bringing Harmon back to "Community." The two actors met with Sony and NBC for months before Harmon finally met with Chris McKenna, an executive producer on "Community" about returning for a 13-episode fifth season.

The upcoming fifth season of "Community" will premiere Jan. 2 on NBC.

What do you think "Community" fans? Are you excited for Harmon's return to the NBC series, or have you already given up the gang from Greendale Community College? Let us know in the comments below!

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