PREVIOUS: Comedy veterans David Guarascio and Moses Port have joined cult comedy series Community as executive producers-showrunners. Creator-executive producer Dan Harmon, who has run the underrated single-camera NBC series for its first three seasons, will be a consulting producer. Community, a modestly-rated series with a big online following and rabid fan base, landed a 13-episode renewal for next season when it will relocate from Thursday to Friday night.
Asked earlier this week whether Harmon will return as showrunner next season, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said, “I expect his voice to be part of it.” Greenblatt dismissed the notion that the discussion about Harmon possibly stepping down from day-to-day oversight of the show stems from his ongoing feud with co-star Chevy Chase, saying that there are larger factors beyond that. “Dan’s the creator of the show, so to lose his voice would be pretty crazy,” Community star Joel McHale told TVLine on Monday. “I pray that it works out well.”
The switch at the top is the final piece of a larger behind-the-scenes overhaul on Community, with executive producers Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan leaving for an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV and Chris McKenna for a pact at Universal TV. Just Shoot Me alums Guarascio and Port have been focused on development for the past decade, getting nine scripts picked up to pilot, most recently El Jefe, which was in serious contention at Fox this past season. One of the pilots, the 2007 Aliens In America, went to series at the CW. The duo has been under overall deals at Sony Pictures TV, which produces Community, for the past four years. They recently consulted on the studio’s ABC comedy Happy Endings.