Following an intense negotiation period, NBC reached an agreement on Friday with Sony Television that involved a season renewal for Community, as well as three new series pickups.
For fans of Community, the 13-episode order for Season 5 came as a surprise. The quirky comedy has seemingly always been on the brink of cancellation due to underperforming ratings, and the rumors of its demise have grown louder over the past year.
Last May, creator Dan Harmon was replaced as showrunner by the duo of David Guarascio and Moses Port after a public feud with star Chevy Chase, who then left the show in November. After a couple of false starts, the fourth season of Community finally premiered on February 7 and proceeded to post subpar numbers once again despite its consistent presence on NBC's once-powerful Thursday night comedy lineup.
So why bring back Community?
TV Rage's own Michael Stevenson explored some of the possible explanations for the decision when he first reported on the renewal, and now comes word that there could be a possibility of Harmon returning to work on the show he birthed. With the departure of Chase and time to cool off, Harmon could be exactly what Community needs to overcome a lackluster Season 4, viewed by many fans as a cheap imitation of the show they love.
This report is mostly rumor and should be taken as such, but if Season 5 is the last hurrah for the Greendale gang, it seems fitting to bring back Harmon and allow him to realize his final vision for the loyal viewers. Do you want to see Dan Harmon reinstated as Community showrunner?