Dan Harmon Rips into Season 4 Community and Sony Executives
In a story that should make all fans of Community happy, and maybe wince at the bluntness, Dan Harmon took to his podcasting microphone to give his succinct review of the semester at Greendale that he missed.
“It’s 13 episodes of ‘I’m Dan Harmon,’” said an audibly annoyed Harmon, who began preparing work on Community’s fifth season today. “I’m going back to work tomorrow morning and I’m just like, do I talk like that?”
Harmon, clearly aggrieved at being removed from his own show to be replaced by showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port for the fourth year, also discussed the situation with Community veteran and returning writer/producer Chris McKenna.
McKenna was no kinder when he compared watching Season 4 to seeing his girlfriend “blow” a million men on the Internet.
Harmon though reserved his harshest criticism for the head honchos at Sony TV, the production company behind Community, who chose to have him removed from the series. He also perhaps displayed the infamous temper that first led to tensions with the company.
According to Harmon, the Sony and Hollywood system wants creative people like himself and Guarascio and Port to compete against each other—to destroy each other, so the corporate system benefits from a streamlined, homogenized system.
“They want to think about writing the way they think about the guy on Assembly Line 24 that puts the final screw in the fucking PlayStation,” says Harmon, who compares the company to SkyNet from the Terminator films.
He described watching Season 4 as akin to witnessing loved ones being sexually assaulted.
“There’s something awesome about being held down and watching your family get raped on a beach. It’s liberating.”
Tell us how you really feel, Dan.
I am just happy that Community is coming back for a better final note, even if it has been violated.
You can listen to this and more, including who Harmon hopes to still bring in as Jeff’s TRUE DAD, on the link to the podcast HERE.