The mad-genius creator of NBC’s underdog cult comedy Community may be returning to the show for its fifth season after being fired by NBC last year. Dan Harmon is widely perceived to be the creative energy behind the show, which centers on disbarred lawyer Jeff Winger, who attends the titular Greendale Community College in hopes of earning a degree and embarks on a series of misadventures with a zany and close-knit study group. Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and (formerly) Chevy Chase co-star. Community is beloved by fans for its ambitious, high-concept storylines and affinity for meta-humor and pop culture references.
Harmon was evicted from the show after the close of the third season, following conflict between him and co-star Chevy Chase and reports that NBC was unhappy with the show’s direction and ratings. The fourth season, which was helmed by writers David Guarascio and Moses Port, concluded last month. It met with a less-than-enthusiastic reception from critics and fans, who felt it lacked the series’ typical humor and creativity, while maintaining almost the same ratings as Harmon’s Community.
News of Harmon’s possible return broke last Sunday on his podcast Harmontown, when he confirmed rumors that he was in negotiations with NBC. On Friday, Harmon tweeted, “Returning to Community, Day One: Hiring of directors hindered by an apparent promise from Sony to Jason Alexander. My deal: not yet closed.” Alexander previously appeared on the show during the fourth-season episode “Intro to Felt Surrogacy.”
Another tweet from Harmon appeared to cement the news on Saturday. Responding to a fan’s question, he tweted, “Yes yes yes! I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale.”
Community‘s fifth season is expected to air as a midseason replacement in NBC’s 2013-2014 schedule.
NBC and Sony declined to comment when asked by Entertainment Weekly.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.
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