The creator of “Community,” who was fired a year ago amid tumult behind the scenes at the NBC sitcom, is reportedly “in talks” to return to the series.
The producer/creator, Dan Harmon, let slip in a podcast on Sunday that he’s talking to Sony Pictures Television — which produces the show for NBC — about returning, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story says Harmon’s role on the show (if he agrees to return) could not be determined, so it’s unknown if he’ll come back on board to take charge of the whole show — a job he once held.
Harmon, by his own admission, was fired a year ago. The dismissal followed a series of headline-making spats with cast member Chevy Chase in which the two traded public insults. However, those stories were never reported specifically to be the reason behind Harmon’s dismissal.
In interviews following his dismissal, Harmon indicated that he didn’t see eye to eye either with NBC or Sony on the direction he was taking “Community.” “I would have fired me,” he said in one interview last summer. “Sony was always so bummed out about the way I wrote and thought, and they always fantasized about doing the show without me.”
So now the company is talking to him about returning? Well, stranger things have happened in Hollywood. Always low-rated but apparently beloved by a small but vocal fanbase, “Community” has been renewed for a 13-episode fifth season. The series is not on NBC’s fall schedule, announced earlier this month, but will likely return in next year’s midseason.