Seeing as he hadn't signed on to produce Community -- even after it was announced it had been renewed for a new season -- we knew it wasn't looking good for Dan Harmon. And now it's official. The creator and executive producer of the Thursday night comedy -- which just aired its three-episode season 3 finale on May 17 -- has been replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port at its showrunners for the 13-episode fourth season. And it turns out, despite a NBC honcho telling press recently that he was sure Harmon would be involved in the show in some capacity, Sony Pictures Television (who owns Community) didn't even bother communicating with him about their intentions. Harmon took to his Tumblr to address his ousting:
Why'd Sony want me gone? I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business. Community is their property, I only own ten percent of it, and I kind of don't want to hear what their complaints are because I'm sure it would hurt my feelings even more now that I'd be listening for free.
I do want to correct a couple points of spin, now that I'm free to do so:
The important one is this quote from Bob Greenblatt in which he says he's sure I'm going to be involved somehow, something like that. That's a misquote. I think he meant to say he's sure cookies are yummy, because he's never called me once in the entire duration of his employment at NBC. He didn't call me to say he was starting to work there, he didn't call me to say I was no longer working there and he definitely didn't call to ask if I was going to be involved. I'm not saying it's wrong for him to have bigger fish to fry, I'm just saying, NBC is not a credible source of All News Dan Harmon.
You may have read that I am technically "signed on," by default, to be an executive consulting something or other -- which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position. Guys like me can't actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we're still allowed to have a title on the things we create and "help out," like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.
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