After a shaky fourth season, Community fans are jumping for joy at the news that creator Dan Harmon is returning as showrunner for the season five. However, Harmon himself has a bit of catching up to do if he is going to get back to business on the NBC comedy.
At L.A.’s Silent Movie Theatre on Saturday night, Harmon admitted to have fallen behind on Community. “I have not seen the fourth season yet,” he said at an event he was co-hosting. “I swear to God.” This news isn’t really all that shocking to me. I think we all got the feeling that Harmon and Community did not part on good terms, and so he was likely avoiding watching the show on purpose.
However, it might be a lucrative thing for Harmon that he hasn’t watched it yet. Harmon revealed on Saturday as well that Sony came forward with an interesting offer for him. “Sony said they’re very interested in recording me watching it as a commentary track” for the season four, which he had no part in. Harmon’s co-host for the night, Rob Schrab, asked if the recording would include reaction shots of Harmon as he watched the season. “I think I can do anything,” Harmon said in response.
After Harmon made the official announcement on Saturday about his return as showrunner, along with the “best writer of all the seasons”, Chris McKenna, he also put out word that he was looking for a few new people for additional staffing. “If any of you are a midlevel writer that doesn’t work for Parks and Rec, let me know that you exist and I would love to hire you,” Harmon said. “Because this city has been picked clean by every show already, and right now we have to put a staff together. So see me after the show. And it pays -- I don’t know -- 25 grand a week or something like that,” he joked.