Three days after his star Joel McHale fell flat at the White House Correspondents Dinner, “Community” executive producer Chris McKenna waxed pessimistic about his perennially on-the-bubble NBC show’s chances for a pickup.
The show’s season finale aired April 17 and logged a 1.0 demo rating and 2.9 million viewers. For the season, the series’ averaged a 1.5 demo rating, which was down 1/10th from last season, and its total viewers haul grew from previous season’s 3.5 million to 3.7 million this most recently wrapped season. That said, there are not too many timeslots in which there would be a discussion about renewal with these numbers – but Community went head-to-head against CBS ratings juggernaut The Big Bang Theory. Dan Harmon, who was brought back to the series, spoke about a possible sixth season for the show, at PaleyFest. Harmon said back then it’s conceivable the cult comedy could have a future via new VOD models such as Netflix and Hulu should the Peacock not include it as part of its 2014-2015 season. “I think that we’re old reliable, like a Tupperware in … Read More »
After several weeks of negotiations, Community producer Sony Pictures TV just confirmed that there are deals in place for series creator/former showrunner Dan Harmon and former co-exec producer Chris McKenna to returning as executive producers for Season 5. Harmon will once again take the reins of the show as showrunner. The studio is not saying that the 13-episode fifth season will be the cult comedy’s final installment, though that’s what I’ve been hearing. Harmon announced his return to the show via Twitter a week ago. He was replaced as showrunner by David Guarascio and Moses Port in May 2012. As I reported, Guarascio and Port had a one-year deal and were approached about coming back but opted to move on.
Creator-Exec Producer Dan Harmon Tweets He’s Coming Back To ‘Community’; Dan Harmon & Chris McKenna Eye Return To ‘Community’ For Final Installment
As we reported at the time of NBC’s eleventh-hour renewal of Community, there had been interest in bringing back series creator Dan Harmon for what I hear is expected to be the final 13-episode season of the cult comedy. (It is not on NBC‘s fall schedule). I have learned that both Harmon and key former Community writer-producer Chris McKenna have been approached about rejoining the show for its final chapter. Harmon is currently unattached, while McKenna is under an overall deal at NBC sibling Universal TV. McKenna, who served as co-executive producer on the Sony TV-produced Community for its first three seasons, left last May to move to Uni TV. Creator/executive producer Harmon was replaced as showrunner by David Guarascio and Moses Port a couple of weeks later. I hear Guarascio and Port had a one-year deal and were approached about coming back but opted to move on.
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