According to The A.V. Club and confirmed in a Tumblr post by the man himself, Community creator Dan Harmon is no longer running the show. Harmon’s contract had to be renewed each season and Sony Pictures Television elected to hire David Guarascio and Moses Port to fill the showrunner position, rather than bring Harmon back. Harmon will be involved in the series, but only as an “adviser,” which according to Harmon would consist of “I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.”
What are Harmon’s thoughts on the subject? This bit from his post sums it up nicely (censoring added by me):
Where was I? Oh yeah. I’m not running Community for season 4. They replaced me. Them’s the facts.
When I was a kid, sometimes I’d run home to Mommy with a bloody nose and say, “Mom, my friends beat me up,” and my Mom would say “well then they’re not worth having as friends, are they?” At the time, I figured she was just trying to put a postive spin on having birthed an unpopular p***y. But this is, after all, the same lady that bought me my first typewriter. Then later, a Commodore 64. And later, a 300 baud modem for it. Through which I met new friends that did like me much, much more.
I’m 39, now. The friends my Mom warned me about are bigger now, and older, bloodying my nose with old world numbers, and old world tactics, like, oh, I don’t know, sending out press releases to TV Guide at 7pm on a Friday.
But my Commodore 64 is mobile now, like yours, and the modems are invisible, and the internet is the air all around us. And the good friends, the real friends, are finding each other, and connecting with each other, and my Mom is turning out to be more right than ever.
How will Community, a show with a very specific and singular vision continue without its creator at the helm? I guess we’ll find out next season.
What do you guys think about this? I’ll be honest…I’m concerned for the study group. Take it to the comments and discuss.
Also, I want to direct you to this great post by Geek editor Valerie Gallaher about the “codes” behind Community to get a look into Harmon’s possible feelings about his role in the show…which I think we can assume at this point, are true.