Dan Harmon’s Thoughts on NBC Canceling COMMUNITY
By Jake Kroeger on May 12, 2014
Early this morning, Community creator (and host of Harmontown) Dan Harmon posted his thoughts on his blog regarding NBC’s decision to pull the plug on Community after five seasons. Since the announcement, there’s been much speculation as to what might happen to Community. Maybe it could continue off-network or remain beloved by its cult following for years until someone brings it back from the dead a la Arrested Development.
Harmon, for the most part, shot down the idea taking Community elsewhere, writing, “… Sony called me on Friday with the news, there was brief discussion at the end of the call about the concept of the show living elsewhere, and I was definitely in the “eh” column.” With Rick and Morty doing quite well over at Adult Swim and his popular podcast, the aforementioned Harmontown, Harmon and his fans have plenty on their plates. He also still has a hand here and there in some of his other projects like Channel 101 and Starburns Industries.
Beyond being busy as a creative force to be reckoned with, Harmon further explained his feelings on the cancellation, “If you want to know the God’s honest truth, part of my ‘eh’ was coming from the unsettling thought of your passion for campaigns being once again exploited by this rather unfair, somewhat backward system, one that now treats you like it’s your responsibility to keep a show alive, like a corporation is doing you a favor by feeding you low grade opiate through a regulated tube.” Showrunners showing such public love for the fans, especially over what network brass thinks, is rare. Hopefully, that’ll change in the not so distant future.
If it were up to Harmon, he’d “…fire everyone that fired me, give all of you a raise, let the audience pick which pilots go to series and keep shows running as long as their subscription revenue was a dollar over their budget.” Please note that is how Channel 101 works and why it’s been uniquely original and amazing for over a decade.
Read the rest of Dan Harmon’s post “More Than a Tweet” here.