“The only thing we care about is keeping it the weird wonderful gem it always has been, said new producer David Guarascio to applause from the packed ballroom. “We’re not going to screw it up,” the other new showrunner Moses Port added later. Guarascio and Port became Community’s showrunners after Harmon was fired by NBC in May. Cast members Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, series writers Megan Ganz, Andy Bobrow and executive producer Russ Krasnoff joined the showrunners on the panel. Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Donald Glover and Jim Rash were not there.
Beyond joking about how close the show came to ending, plugging the new DVD release and who would play McHale’s father on the upcoming season (“Pluto Nash himself, Eddie Murphy,” laughed McHale), the panel was very much for hard-core fans of the show. Guarascio did tease out the upcoming season for a bit. “This is a family that will continue to exist whether they’re in school or not,” he said noting that some cast members would be graduating from the community college that stands as the series’ setting. Guarscio also told fans that “We are going to get to go to an Inspector Space Time convention.” The panel closed after some cast freestyle hip-hop rhymes, with questions from the audience.
(Photo: Getty Images)
Deadline's Dominic Patten - tip him here.