The "six seasons and a movie" hashtag has become synonymous with Community thanks to the bubble show's relentless fan base. But now that series creator Dan Harmon is back running the show for Season 5, what kind of a chance does the show stand of getting that precious sixth season?
"It depends on what fails," Harmon told reporters on Wednesday at the Television Critics Association fall previews. While promoting his new animated Adult Swim comedy Rick and Morty, Harmon fielded many questions about his — uh, shall we say, complicated? — relationship with NBC and Sony, the studio that produces Community. However, now that he's gainfully employed at Community once again, Harmon refused to take the bait.
When asked about the creative process at Cartoon Network's Adult Swim versus NBC and Sony, Harmon only had praise. "I think NBC knew it was in the business of critical darlings. It was always encouraging me early on: 'Yeah, go crazy,'" he said. "And Sony has always been in the business of syndication and wants this show to succeed."
Harmon only briefly touched on the "big, giant complicated machine" that is NBC and Sony, but refused to blame either company for the differences that led to his departure at the end of Season 3. "Everyone who is powerful and controls things and has a lot of money — I'm sure that they meant no harm and are really good people," he said.
Despite what may or may not have transpired with NBC and Sony, Harmon is happy he decided to return. "If I had not gone back, the worst case scenario is 30 years of wondering what would have happened if I had gone back," he said. "If I go back, the worst case scenario is one sh--y season. ... I had to go back."
Are you glad Dan Harmon is back at Community?