Overheard at Comic-Con: The new Community showrunners promise not to ruin the show

Talk about those times when you really wish you could transport yourself to the opposite coast of a country for the nerdiest thing ever. There was a really fun-sounding panel for NBC's Community today, and it featured a reassuring quote from the new guys running the show, David Guarascio and Moses Port. You might recall that they were brought on when Dan Harmon was fired. Dan Harmon, the person responsible for creating the very specific, quirky voice of this hugely unique show. This show that is being banished to Friday nights following Whitney. Whitney. Whit. Ney. Here is what Guarascio had to say about preserving everything we love about Community:

"A couple of months ago, we were a lot like you: just huge fans of the show who thought it was one of the most special things on television," Guarascio said at the panel discussion. "Suddenly we're here, helping to keep it going. The only thing we care about is keeping it this weird, wonderful gem that it's always been. That's not gonna change."

Joel McHale went on to say that while it was going to be different moving forward with different people in charge of what he called "the greatest show in the history of television," he has confidence in them and vouches for their work.

"They're terrific guys and really good and a lot of the writers are back. So it's definitely like this strange transition time, but I'm still insanely excited to do the show. He [Harmon] will be missed and it's gonna be interesting to see how it all goes, but just talking to the writers -- they're breaking stories and they sound great."

But still -- no pressure. It's only the greatest show in the history of television.

'Community' Comic-Con Panel: New showrunners and cast make commitment to stay weird [HuffPo]


  1. I’m a huge fan of the show, but that definitely doesn’t mean I should be put in charge of it. That said, they’re probably contractually required to say these things.

  2. “It’s only the greatest show in the history of television.”
    I’m not sure about that, but it really is pretty damn good. And to think I didn’t like it to begin with. In fact, I hated it after episode one. My brother convinced me to stick with it. Now I’m happy they get to keep going.
    Also, I am happy Chevy Chase get to be funny again.

  3. I’m a huge fan of the show and of Dan Harmon.  I am hoping that the new runners can keep what Harmon started going without changing too much of it, though I am realistic and know they will need to add their own touches to it. 

    David Guarascio and Moses Port were executive producers on the american remake of The IT Crowd, so…

    1. Thanks for that info. That’s a load of my mind actually, because there’s no more worrying if the show is going to suck or not. I now look forward to watching it, secure in the knowledge that the only surprises waiting for me will be positive ones.

  4. I loved Community, but it is dead to me now.  That they fired Harmon, and the way they fired Harmon, killed my desire to watch the show anymore. At least this way I’m leaving on a high note and I don’t have to watch any shark-jumping or another Scrubs-style slide into mediocrity. 

  5.  It’s worth reading some of Ken Levine’s blog posts about Harmon, who he admits he doesn’t know personally, but can at least address from the perspective of someone who’s been in the TV business for a while. Although Levine puts the bulk of the blame for the Harmon/Chevy Chase feud on Chase, who’s been known as a dick for some decades now, he also doesn’t let Harmon off the hook for conducting part of it in public. Sometimes shows do fall into mediocrity or worse when they change hands, but sometimes they get better, as witness Star Trek: The Next Generation after they finally pried Gene Roddenberry’s hands off the helm controls.

    1. Bingo on the Star Trek: The Next Generation reference. The first season of ST: TNG—which was 100% Roddenberry—is utterly unwatchable. The best stuff happened after he left.

      Also—and this might seem counter to what I say above—but this post is weird: Did folks actually believe that anyone would say anything bad about the future of the show during what is ostensibly an industry show? Who sits at a panel at Comic-Con and goes, “Hey, you know this project you are all attending a panel on? It’s bad. Don’t waste your time with it.”

  6. While one of the writers Megan Ganz uses almost the exact same language to describe her transition from fan to writer of the show, I am still… hesitant about the new season, but will watch because I love the cast and a few writers have stuck around.  fingers crossed.  

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