The very excellent Megan Ganz has left Community to write for Modern Family

One of Community's most notable and popular writers, Megan Ganz, has announced in a Reddit post that she's taken a position at ABC's Modern Family. While it's sad to see her go, it's hard to blame her for leaving when there is constantly a question about Community's future. But at least we'll get to see two more episodes in Season 4 that were written by Ganz, and she'll be staying on to oversee the editing of those two episodes ("Paranormal Parentage" and the season finale, "Advanced Introduction to Finality"). Said the scribe:

We filmed the bottle episode in chronological order so this was the first line that we shot and I remember sitting at the monitors at 7am on the first day thinking, "If they call action and no one runs in here screaming 'stop the TV-equivalent of presses,' then I will have written a line that will appear on a television show. I'll be a television writer." And the director did call action–as they do–and so I was. Just like that. ...

This isn't the end of me and Greendale. Community was my world for four seasons and my job for three, and has hold of my whole heart like a bad-news high school boyfriend. I'll never really get away. The chemistry is too perfect and the writing room couches aren't really that uncomfortable to sleep on and I just can't stop writing for Britta. Plus I still have to do my editing pass on the finale. I think I left a box in my office, too. Bobrow probably misses me. Better stop by on my way home.

Ganz's voice on Community will definitely be missed, but I prefer to see her gainfully employed rather than suddenly silenced or underutilized. I will probably also really, truly have to start watching Modern Family now.

(via Splitsider)

Photo of Megan Ganz and Annie's Boobs via Community Wiki


  1. Given that Community is 99% going to be canceled after the eps already filmed air, this was a no brainer decision. Don’t get me wrong, I think Community is the best show on TV but let’s be honest with ourselves…perennially almost canceled-fired showrunner/creator/abysmal ratings = certain death.

  2. Glad she is getting work, but it’s too bad it’s to the perennially over-awarded Modern Family. It has its moments, but they’re far fewer than stuff it beats regularly at awards season. 

    Ganz, Chelsea Peretti, and Maria Bamford should do a cartoon together. 

  3. winkybb: The monkey is a semi-regular character on the show. Troy named him Annie’s Boobs, “after, you know, Annie’s Boobs.”

  4. Be sure to write a follow-up post if her writing does in fact improve Modern Family.  Everyone tells me to watch it, but the humor seems very old school to me, with all the bigoted stereotypes.  I’d give it another chance if I thought the scripts had improved.

    1. Thank god I’m not the only one who feels this way.  It’s odd because the individual talents on that show are so good, but together they’re just…awful. And yes, everyone says we should watch it. Bah.

  5. Luckily, the AM talk show “Troy and Abed in the Morning” was given a greenlight and so we’ll all have a soft landing.

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