Will You Watch A Dan Harmon-less ‘Community’?

So, this happened.

Late Friday, Dan Harmon was dropped as showrunner of Community. For a show which is for all practical purposes tied directly to one person’s creative vision, the news portends change, and the quirks that endeared the show to its rabid cult following are in danger of being ironed out in favor of a more conventional sitcom approach. Or not — nobody can say exactly how this will play out. The only thing certain is that it won’t play out with Dan Harmon in charge, or involved at all.

As you’d expect from him, Dan wrote a candid Tumblr post about his departure from the show overnight, so if you want to get his take on the firing, you should go here — as customary from Dan, it’s a good read and, as always, he doesn’t hold back much. And then, come back here and post your thoughts. Will you watch? Will you give the new guys a chance? Can a show that’s the radically singular vision of its creator survive a change at the top? Compare and contrast: Doctor Who and The Simpsons (showrunner changes, long-term survival) vs. The West Wing and NYPD Blue (showrunner changes, not so good). Post your first impressions here. I don’t have to tell you to be civil, do I?

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  • Harmon’s genius was evident in every episode. It can’t be as good without him. That is a true shame. I see now why the season finales seemed like series finales. :(

  • I will definitely give it a shot, but for obvious reasons I’m tentative. It certainly feels to be tied to his voice… however, he didn’t write many episodes, so here’s hoping that the writing staff picks up right where it left off. Who knows, maybe the new guys will be interested in keeping the same vision, although there must be some reason Sony chose to dump Harmon and bring them in. I think we all have reason to be skeptical, but until we’re given proof, let’s try to look at the Abed as half full.

  • i agree with Catherine, nervous, but still optimistic. but i’ll also jump up and down on the ‘we told you this would happen if Harmon left’ bandwagon if it comes to that.

    i just want people to like me.

    please like me.

  • This is a huge bummer.

    But out of respect to all the other people who have worked hard to make that show what it is, I will give the new shows a chance.