Fortunately for Community fans, the show barely escaped the NBC guillotine once again as it was recently renewed for season 5. But with the show on the chopping block seemingly every single season, the future of the Greendale crew still looked uncertain - especially considering season 4 was arguably the worst received so far.
However, with the news that series creator Dan Harmon would be returning as the series showrunner after being fired last year, there was suddenly a sense of hope that the show could return to its formerly hilarious glory. Though we'll have to wait until season 5 to know if Harmon still has the funny, one thing Harmon hasn't lost is his outspoken nature about the show and his dismissal.
On Sunday's episode of his Harmontown podcast, Harmon ripped into his season 4 replacements, David Guarascio and Moses Port, and his bosses at Sony for what he called "an unflattering [season]." Harmon, who has never shied away from making incendiary public comments, went as far to compare watching season 4 to “flipping through Instagram watching your girlfriend **** a million [people].”
Obviously, Harmon still feels the burn from being fired from the show that he started. It hurt him to see Community continue without him to what most agreed were considerably less humorous results. However, you would think he would be a bit more gracious to the people who rehired him, but apparently, he's not feeling the love.
Here's what he had to say about Sony's decision to let him go after season 3:
“There’s a system in place that’s winning because I would have had too much leverage, too much power, too much salary, as would have a lot of writers coming into Season 4. So they just flushed us and replaced us with two guys who didn’t know what they were getting into…
"Writers fighting other writers is the American Dream in the eyes of Sony. That is what they want. They want creative people rewriting each other. They want creative people replacing each other. They want us interchangeable. They want to think about writing the way they think about the guy on assembly line 24 that puts the final screw in the f****** Playstation… I shouldn’t even say ‘they’ because it’s an ‘it,’ it’s a f****** machine. There isn’t a single person that works at that corporation that isn’t also thought of like that by the f****** SkyNet… The system just wants us all to not be human.”
Harmon's frustration is certainly understandable, but at the same time, there's no way speaking out like this against his employers can benefit the show. In fact, his comments could very well be a detriment to the show. So should fans be worried about Harmon being axed again and sinking the show for good?
Sony definitely won't appreciate the comments, but what they're really interested in is results. If Harmon can begin to right the ship and deliver solid episodes with solid ratings, then all will likely be forgiven. At this point, they know how he is and how he operates, but they also should respect the passion he has for what he's created.
Part of the reason he got so upset is that he legitimately cares about what he's created and doesn't want to see it mistreated. In that regard, fans will likely get behind Harmon, but let's hope he doesn't go overboard and lose his job again - or worse, put the entire show in jeopardy.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Do you think Dan Harmon is in the right? Or do you think he should tone down his outbursts now that he has his job back?
Community season 5 will likely return fall 2013.