Punchy wrote:And as I've said before, I'm a fan of Community, I've seen every episode, watching regularly from the very beginning. I've liked about 3/4s of them a whole lot. But I don't watch the show for Dan Harmon, I didn't even know who the hell he was when I watched the pilot, I watched it for Chevy Chase and John Oliver. There is more to Community than a writer. TV is a collaborative medium, Harmon didn't do every single thing.
I'm just not going crazy about this, why is that such a bad thing? I don't see why we have to forgive Dan Harmon his dickishness just because he's funny, if that was the case, we wouldn't have threads on this site full of people calling Alan Moore a crazy old man.
He brought this on himself, and it's a bummer that he lost his job, but life goes on, there are other brilliant comedies, there will be other brilliant comedies, and who knows, Community 2.0 could still be a brilliant comedy.
I just wish you would all chill out. This is the last I'll say on this topic.
Cool? Cool cool cool.
The thing is, when a showrunner is removed from a show that very much bears that person's voice, the show's whole timbre and tone tends to change. It's very likely that will happen to Community - witness Joel McHale saying he prayed Harmon would not be replaced. Add to this the fact that Sony and NBC say they are doing it 'to broaden the show's appeal.' This essentially translates to bad news for the quirkiness and risk-taking people liked in the show. Imagine Buffy without Joss Whedon and you'll see what I mean.
It would have been better if the show had been cancelled than for it to come back stripped of what made it special - and remember, Harmon isn't alone: his co-showrunners are gone as well. Also, the people taking over are known for traditional, studio-audience-style sitcoms such as Just Shoot Me. People are right to be worried, and while Harmon is inarguably somewhat the architect of his own downfall that does not mean we should greet this news with anything but annoyance and trepidation.