“Community” creator Dan Harmon confirmed over the weekend that a deal is in place for him to return to the NBC sitcom.
”Yes yes yes! I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale,” Harmon tweeted on Saturday when pressed for confirmation about the situation by a reporter from the show biz Web site Deadline.com.
In an update to the story posted later, Deadline reported that, despite Harmon’s enthusiastic tweet, it’s not a done deal quite yet, but it appears to be headed to completion. The deal with Sony Pictures Television — which produces “Community” for NBC — means Harmon will return to run the show later this year when production starts on the 13 episodes NBC has ordered for the show’s fifth season.
The sitcom about a fictional community college was renewed by NBC, but it’s not on the network’s fall schedule. It is widely expected to return sometime in next year’s midseason for what most observers believe will be its final season.
The Harmon story is unusual since people who are fired — in Hollywood or elsewhere — don’t usually get to return to the job from which they were dismissed. By his own admission, Harmon was fired in spring 2012 following several incidents that apparently made Sony concerned that he wasn’t in control of the show — including a very public exchange of insults with cast member Chevy Chase.
One thing not clear in the Deadline story: What did Harmon mean in his tweet when he thanked “Community” star Joel McHale? Our guess is, McHale may have used his considerable clout at NBC to push for Harmon’s reinstatement.