Former “Community” showrunner Dan Harmon was not light on words about the show when interviewed recently on KCRW’s “The Business.” While admitting that he faulted his own “self-destructive behavior” for being let go from “Community” — “I would have fired me” — Harmon also said Sony never really liked him anyway and was just looking for an excuse to cut him loose:
“Sony was always so bummed out about the way I wrote and thought, and they always fantasized about doing the show without me…”
As I pointed out months ago in the post “The Community Code,” Harmon seemed to increasingly use the show itself as a commentary on his ongoing struggles with Sony (which I’m sure they were thrilled with)…to the point where it almost felt like he “telegraphed” his ouster from the show with Season Three’s final dark episodes. Which makes his choice of words regarding how he thinks “Community” will fare in its 4th season very interesting. He told KCRW that by switching the show’s timeslot to the “graveyard” of Friday night, Sony is sending the following message to the “Community” crew:
“We’re going to smother it with a pillow very quietly…”
Of course, pillows factored prominently in Season Three’s Troy/Abed “breakup” episode “Pillows and Blankets.” Perhaps Harmon sees Sony as:
As “Community” gears up for its October 19th season premiere with new producers David Guarascio and Moses Port, Harmon has pilots in development with Fox, CBS, and Adult Swim.