I was too busy flinging fluids and high-fiving my cats at announcement of Community‘s renewal to read the fine print: creator Dan Harmon isn’t signed on (yet?) to produce the new episodes. Oh man, this is rotten crotched nonsense.
NBC chief Bob Greenblatt has just confirmed what’s been an open secret in Hollywood: While Community has been renewed, lead producer Sony Pictures Television has not yet signed creator Dan Harmon to a new deal to exec produce the new batch of episodes. Harmon only signed a one-year deal when the show was renewed last spring, and insiders tell Vulture there haven’t been any intense talks just yet. Greenblatt said he’s aware Harmon isn’t signed, but said he doesn’t know details: “I’ve been so busy looking at our new shows and putting together the schedule, that hasn’t come to me yet,” he told Vulture. (Universal Television, overseen by Greenblatt, is a co-producer of Community). So what happens if there is no deal? “Shows lose showrunners all the time and do well,” Greenblatt said. “We have to figure out at makes sense. I don’t have a specific answer for that yet.” Gulp.
This shall not pass! I…hope. (I can totally see this passing. Fuck.)