Dan Harmon's Full Thoughts On Being Dumped From Community

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Community creator Dan Harmon has been unceremoniously axed from running the fourth season of the NBC meta-comedy. However, Harmon took to his blog Dan Harmon Poops (LOL) to clear up some misconceptions, the primary one being that although he's technically being kept on as a more remote title, but that doesn't soften the blow of getting the boot as showrunner:

Why'd Sony want me gone? I I can't answer that because I've been in as much contact with them as you have. They literally haven't called me since the season four pickup, so their reasons for replacing me are clearly none of my business. You may have read that I am technically "signed on," by default, to be an executive consulting something or other... However, if I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn't have any power there. Nobody would have to do anything I said, ever. I would be "offering" thoughts on other people's scripts, not allowed to rewrite them, not allowed to ask anyone else to rewrite them, not allowed to say whether a single joke was funny or go near the edit bay, etc... and because nobody called me, and then started hiring people to run the show, I had my assistant start packing up my office days ago."

Emphasis mine, in bold. It turns out we knew before Harmon did—he had just gotten off a plane to Los Angeles when he heard. Yikes.

It's a tough time for showrunners, especially considering the high quality of TV shows in the aughts. These guys are the new auteurs, and they just keep getting shafted (remember Frank Darabont and AMC's The Walking Dead), only Harmon seems to have gotten the axe for... well... we can't blame Matthew Weiner for this one, I guess?

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DISCUSSION

First of all, a "consulting producer" title is a pretty standard buyout and because so much of the show's fanbase are television nerds, you'd think he'd have enough respect for them that he wouldn't feel the need to overexplain.

Also, unless he's burnt or in the process of burning his bridges, it would be up to the new producers and the individual writers as to whether they'd like to hear his thoughts. As far as has been reported, Sony hasn't made him persona non gratis on the set and they haven't declared that anyone who talks to him will be fired. The new show runners just don't have to listen to his tantrums and thoughts, if they choose.

And finally, it's kind of telling that he goes on and on about giving input on the works of others, but conveniently fails to mention that he could probably write a script, which the show could buy and produce.