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Being Dan Harmon and Being Okay With It

Dan Harmon has had a busy year. One year ago he premiered his documentary Harmontown at the SXSW festival in Austin, got rehired at Community, made a fifth season of Community, which was then canceled. Yahoo! bought the show, produced a sixth season, and it premieres today on Yahoo! Screen. He has accomplished an immense amount in a small period of time, but his work ethic comes from avoiding life's big question: Who am I?

I spoke to Harmon before his live Harmontown podcast taping at SXSW on pressure, perseverance, and an unhealthy work ethic.

Has your creative process been different this season? Did it change from writing for [...]

'Community' Premieres on Yahoo March 17th

The return of Community on its new home at Yahoo is happening a little later than first expected. At TCA today, Yahoo revealed that the show's 13-episode sixth season is slated for a double-episode premiere on Tuesday, March 17th followed by a new episode released every Tuesday. Here's what Dan Harmon had to say when asked about the possibility of more seasons on Yahoo:

I'm definitely not writing it as if it's the end. I'm very naive about how the business actually works, these guys' contracts, scheduling, so I just stick with a very sixth grade mentality. And the mentality is this show has lived by the sword [...]

Paget Brewster and Keith David Join the Season 6 'Community' Cast

When Community returns on Yahoo next year it'll include two brand new series regulars. TV Guide reports that ahead of Community's premiere on Yahoo Screen, Paget Brewster and Keith David have been cast in roles that were first described when news broke that Yvette Nicole Brown was leaving the show back in September. Brewster will play Francesca "Frankie" Dart, "a consultant hired to help shape things up at the underachieving school," while David will play "a retired scientist who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself" named Elroy Patashnik. Brewster made a brief appearance on Community last season as IT department employee Debra Chambers and most recently has [...]

Yvette Nicole Brown Has Left 'Community'

Shirley sadly won't be returning to Community next season. TV Guide reports that Yvette Nicole Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the show's 2009 premiere — has officially left the cast prior to the filming of its sixth season on Yahoo. According to the report, Brown asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons, and both Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna honored her request.

Brown told TV Guide she decided to leave to take care of her ailing father: "My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do [...]

Yahoo Raises the Stakes for 'Community' in This Season 6 Teaser

Community 's sixth season won't be here until sometime after Christmas, but in the meantime Yahoo released the above delightfully retro teaser for the new season that certainly sets some lofty expectations for next year, even promising that it will be rebuilt, improved, and hold the title of TV's first bionic show ever.

The Season 6 'Community' Trailer Has Arrived

At long last, Community makes its glorious return on Yahoo on Tuesday, March 17th, and the first trailer just dropped. Meta references are made, inmate students are accepted, new cast members are introduced, degrees are given to dogs…and plenty more. Prepare for the dawn of the Age of Yahoo.

Chevy Chase Says He's Making a Cameo in 'Community' Next Year

The brand new season of Community premieres on Yahoo next month, and it looks like fans can expect at least one appearance by Pierce Hawthorne. Chevy Chase revealed the news in his Reddit AMA yesterday: "I will be in a small cameo at the beginning of Community and if they ask me to come back and do one or two appearances, it's a possibility." A Yahoo spokesperson didn't confirm the news at this time, but unless Chase doesn't realize that his season 5 premiere cameo aired on NBC almost a year ago, there's no better confirmation than from Pierce himself.

The Unceasing Honesty of Dan Harmon

Few people would relish the opportunity to have their lives documented in the midst of a low point peppered with job loss, substance abuse, self-doubt, and relationship woes, but in talking to Dan Harmon, it seems that he would have it no other way. In the recently released documentary Harmontown, director Neil Berkeley takes us along on a 20-date live podcast tour with Harmon and his cohorts after Harmon's dismissal from Community and during a somewhat uncertain time in his career and personal life. It's an entertaining and often uncomfortable look not only at Harmon, but also at the people who surround him in the personal and public worlds. I talked [...]

Yahoo Confirms That Alison Brie Is Returning to 'Community' Next Year

UPDATE: According to a rep at Yahoo, the rumors circulating about Brie not returning to Community next year are false. Thankfully, Yahoo has confirmed that the Community cast — including Brie — are all on board for next year. Dan Harmon also confirmed Brie's return on Twitter.

First it was Chevy Chase, then it was Donald Glover, and now, it looks like there's a pretty good chance Alison Brie won't be returning to Community when it makes its debut on Yahoo next year. While no official announcement has been made about Brie's status on the show, Uproxx points out that the last time she [...]

Watch Episodes of 'The Office,' 'Rick and Morty,' 'The Simpsons,' and More with the Jokes Removed

Recently a Redditor decided to edit episodes of Seinfeld, Friends, and The Big Bang Theory to include only plot information and no jokes, and the result was an interesting look at how all three shows approach story and punchlines. If those three shows weren't enough, the same Redditor has gone and edited episodes of Community, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Simpsons, Family Guy, South Park, and Rick and Morty. Of all the shows highlighted in this series so far, The Office currently has the smallest plot with a clip that lasts just over a minute, while Adult Swim's Rick and Morty leads the pack with [...]

Inside 'Community's Meta Knockout of a Bottle Episode

‘Genie in a Bottle’ is a recurring feature where each week a different bottle episode (an episode set entirely in one location, often designed to save money) from a comedy series is examined.

“I hate bottle episodes. They're wall-to-wall facial expressions and emotional nuance. I might as well sit in a corner with a bucket on my head.”

Dan Harmon’s seemingly immortal sitcom, Community, is without a doubt the most meta comedy on television (and now the internet). They’ve subverted and indulged in classic tropes like clip shows, Claymation, and musicals, while also perfectly lampooning unexpected pop culture totems like My Dinner With Andre, Hearts of Darkness, and GI Joe. [...]

Dan Harmon Is Publishing a Book of Essays in 2016

Good news for Dan Harmon fans: Entertainment Weekly reports that the Community creator is writing a book of humorous essays to be published by Doubleday sometime in 2016. The book — which doesn't yet have an official title — will "present a mix of the author’s recollections, musings, and riffs." The book will be Harmon's second published work following the limited release of 2013's You'll Be Perfect When You're Dead, a collection of his best writing from his blog "Dan Harmon Poops."

Dan Harmon Says 'Community's Sixth Season Will Premiere on Yahoo in Late January

Community's upcoming sixth season just got an (unofficial) premiere date. According to Pop Culture Brain, Community creator Dan Harmon revealed on this week's Nerdist podcast that the new season is reportedly set to debut on Yahoo on January 27th: "I've heard the date January 27th bandied about," he said, "but there's no reason to think that things won't be actively changing up till that time." Yahoo has yet to confirm an official premiere date for the show, but late January lines up with earlier reports that Community would return sometime after Christmas — sadly without Yvette Nicole Brown. In the meantime, check out Yahoo's teaser trailer for [...]

Jack Black, John Oliver, Gillian Jacobs, and More Show Up in the Trailer for 'Harmontown'

Last year it was announced that Community creator Dan Harmon would be touring his live show/podcast Harmontown around the country then turning it into a documentary by director Neil Berkeley, and a new trailer was just released. This sneak peek features stars like Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Gillian Jacobs, Chris Hardwick, and John Oliver attempting to explain who exactly Harmon is and includes some special appearances by Chevy Chase (in the form of blog screen caps and footage of the now infamous voicemail message). Harmontown debuts in select theaters as well as VOD on October 3rd.