Monday, May 21, 2012
Sony has essentially fired Dan Harmon as showrunner of Community and is replacing him with a pair of showrunners previously at Happy Endings. In a blog post about the situation, Harmon says Sony hasn't even communicated with him since the Season 4 renewal. Alan Sepinwall speculates on the show's Harmon-less future, and Jaime Weinman also assesses Sony's apparent motivations. Jason Mittell offers perspective from the standpoints of TV authorship, showrunning, budgets, and fandom. Maureen Ryan knows from personal experience Harmon could be difficult to deal with, but still thinks Sony/NBC have messed up. Ryan McGee proposes a two-headed showrunner solution to such conflicts. James Poniewozik outlines how fans lose here. Nick Campbell says Community might end up ok. Thoughts from Jace Lacob. A video tribute: Dan Harmon is Community. Takes from Tim Goodman and Ken Levine, and more from Levine. Amos Barshad looks at how people are coping with this. Willa Paskin considers what Community is without Harmon. Todd VanDerWerff puts this in the larger context of showrunner/network battles and the balance between production needs and art. Alyssa Rosenberg says pirating Community is not a proper response. An anonymous showrunner offers speculation. Josef Adalian digs deeply into the details behind Dan Harmon's exit from Community.