Dan Harmon is a wanted man this development season. On the heels of a blind script deal at Fox for a multi-camera comedy, the Community creator has signed a second blind script deal at CBS, also for a multi-camera comedy project, which will be produced by CBS TV Studios.
Harmon has fielded interest from networks ever since his May firing from his NBC/Sony TV comedy series Community. The deals with CBS and Fox signal a change in direction for the writer-producer after creating/co-creating two consecutive single-camera comedies that have developed cult followings but have been branded as having narrow appeal: Comedy Central’s Sarah Silverman Program and NBC’s Community. Having achieved critical acclaim with his single-camera shows, Harmon is now looking to show he can go for wide audiences too with multi-camera comedies.
Harmon is currently at the Montreal Just For Laughs comedy festival scouting for talent. He is usually at his best when writing with talent in mind as he did with Silverman. Harmon also rewrote the characters on Community after the pilot was cast so they better fit the actors. In addition to his broadcast development, UTA-repped Harmon has animated pilot Rick & Morty in the hopper for Adult Swim.