Almost one year ago, NBC announced that Community would return for a fourth season. Then they waited for fans to wipe the happy tears from their eyes before quietly adding that Dan Harmon had been fired. I was among the few that retained hope for a Harmon-less fourth season, but I was eventually proven wrong. The fourth season was a mixed bag, full of episodes that worked, episodes that failed spectacularly, and episodes that were offensively average. Following the end of season four, word began to spread that Dan Harmon would possibly return. Harmon addressed these rumors himself, saying he’d yet to have NBC ask him the question directly. Now it seems that NBC has, because Harmon has been asked to return for season five of Community, and there’s a pretty good chance he will.
After Harmon was kicked to the curb by NBC, he occupied his time with other shows, and primarily his podcast Harmontown. It was there last night that Harmon told the audience he’d been asked to return. Here is the report from HollyWookiee.com.
Dan Harmon just told the audience of his podcast Harmontown that he has been asked to return to Community! As soon as Dan said it, he asked that it be edited out of the podcast and it was just for us audience members (and I wasn’t going to say a word) but soon after that Dan said “Ahhh [screw] it. I don’t care who knows!” He jokingly said that he would only return if they brought Chevy Chase back too but even he couldn’t stop laughing at that idea.
Harmon may have only told the audience that he’s been asked to return, but here’s why I’m almost certain he will. Harmon has always been honest with his Harmontown audiences, and telling them about this is just another instance of that. But why would he tell an audience full of Community fans he had been asked to save their show if he wasn’t planning on accepting? That would be a low-blow to fans of Community – people Harmon has an understandable love for. Of course it will be awkward if Harmon returns to the show, but NBC asking is proof that they were willing to admit their mistakes and do what’s best for the show. Hopefully Harmon will do the same.
There’s a strong likelihood I’ll be updating the story sometime this week with a confirmation that he’s returning or that he isn’t, and for now things are looking good for the former.