Community Takes Another Blow, Loses Star Writer Megan Ganz

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Good grief. Watching Community struggle into its (likely to be) final season has become downright painful. Not only are we to lose one of the best shows on TV, but its key players (both in front of and behind the camera) are already dropping like flies. First we lost Dan Harmon, then Chevy Chase and now — as if we can bear another blow — fantastic comedy writer Megan Ganz has decided to go the way of Star-Burns. Ganz, a former assistant editor for The Onion, is the writer behind such Community classics as "Cooperative Calligraphy" (also known as the "The Bottle Episode") and the show's brilliant Law & Order send-up "Basic Lupine Urology." She will leave to write for the highly successful Modern Family.


Ganz posted this heartfelt goodbye to Reddit:

For the last three years, the sum total of my contribution to this planet (in terms of effort, passion, and things I let myself go soft and pimply for) could be described as follows: Community. Recently, I was offered a job writing for Modern Family, and although it's unclear what will happen with Community for the fifth season (or the sixth season, or the movie), I've decided to take this new position. Tomorrow is my first day and I'm excited and scared to start this new… well, everything. I'm sure the coffee will probably be the same.

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.

I guess what I'm saying is, it took me a really long time to write this to you guys, and it's not even that good. Pretty sappy, no punchlines, kind of vague about my future with the show, too little excitement about the new gig, etc. Okay, so not my best work. Maybe I'll take it down and not say goodbye just yet. I just need a little more time.

About three hours longer than it took Duncan to think up this assignment.

Ah, well. We've all gotta graduate Greendale sometime. As for Ganz, Modern Family is extremely lucky to have her.

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Ari Schwartz: Dark Lord of the Snark

Hey, it's a chance to rile up LOTS of people!

Both shows are long in the teeth. There, I said it TV nerds. Both shows have run their courses and need to go. Community got too far into its own meta-ness, and Modern Family has run out of stories to tell (evidenced by adding a baby into the mix through Gloria.)

Both have had good runs, but it's time for both of them to pass on and make room for new blood.