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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 [...]

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.

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 [...]

Watch Paul F. Tompkins and Dan Harmon Chat About All Things Dan Harmon-Related

Here's the latest installment of Paul F. Tompkins's web series Speakeasy featuring Dan Harmon, who chats with Tompkins all about dropping out of college, when he was a "cocoon of dandruff and long sweater sleeves" starting out in standup, the birth of Channel 101, working on The Sarah Silverman Program, and of course his work as the "mad scientist" behind Community.

29 'Community' Jokes You May Have Missed

Last Friday, NBC canceled Community after five seasons and, unfortunately, it doesn't look like the cult hit sitcom will be brought back for more episodes on another network or streaming service. It is amazing, though, that Community did manage to stay on the air so long, having been on the verge of cancellation every year, and fans can take comfort in the fact that they at least did get five seasons (four of them with creator Dan Harmon) and 97 episodes (86 with Harmon) of the show.

Like Arrested Development before it, Community stands apart from other network sitcoms because its writers delight in packing the show with in-jokes [...]

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."

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.

'Community' Set to Return for 13-Episode Season on Yahoo Screen

While all might have seemed lost for a sixth season of Community since its cancellation in May, The Wrap reports that a surprise last minute deal has been made for the cult NBC hit to come back in the form of a 13-episode season on Yahoo Screen. "I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," Dan Harmon said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!"

'Community' Writer Andy Bobrow Reflects on Working with Dan Harmon

"Step five is delete. Keep the two percent that isn't shit and delete the ninety-eight percent that's shit. Rewrite it. Within your re-write, there will be two more percent that isn't shit. Then just keep tossing the shit and replacing it until the ratio is tolerable."

Television writer Andy Bobrow in a new essay "How Writing for the TV Show Community Cured Me," in which he talks about landing a writing job on Community and how much he's learned from Dan Harmon's rewrites. The essay also includes two drafts of season 2 episode "Mixology Certification" to show just how much rewriting went into Community episodes.

'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 [...]

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 [...]

The New Season of 'Community' Won't Be on Yahoo Until After Christmas

At yesterday's Community Comic-Con panel, Dan Harmon and crew gave a few hints as to what we can expect from the show's in-the-works sixth season on Yahoo. Aside from telling the audience that the new episodes won't be available until "probably sometime after Christmas," Harmon also revealed that Community won't be binge-friendly and is slated to premiere a new episode each week instead of premiering the entire season at once.

Harmon also addressed a fan's question about the state of Donald Glover's character Troy, and he responded with this tease: "Troy's out there somewhere. He may be in peril. That's what movies are made of." [...]

Hulu May Order a Sixth Season of 'Community'

The dream of six seasons and a movie may not be dead after all: Deadline is reporting that Hulu is in talks with Sony to produce a sixth season of the recently canceled Community. Despite Dan Harmon initially being lukewarm on the idea of continuing the show somewhere else once NBC gave it the axe, he's apparently on board if Hulu does end up ordering the show.

Talks are very early, so this could easily end up not happening, but both sides are open to the discussion, so we'll see. And if it does happen, could Donald Glover potentially come back as well? Keep [...]