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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 [...]

Looking at 'Rick and Morty's Meticulously-Crafted First Season

The inaugural season of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s runaway Cronenbergian monster of a hit, Rick and Morty, wrapped last night, ending a nearly flawless season of ambitious animated television. The scope and complexity of Rick and Morty should be no surprise considering that Harmon is no stranger to ambitious, meticulously-constructed television on his other series, Community. What’s especially worth noting in Harmon and Roiland's collaboration this time around is that Rick and Morty is essentially your only hope to standing up against the unforgiving universe(s) and all of its bleakness.

It’s also a very, very funny show.

Dan Harmon Is Doing a QVC-Style Streaming Garage Sale

Community creator Dan Harmon is hosting a streaming garage sale in the vein of QVC with himself and friends from his podcast Harmontown auctioning off their valuables for charity. The event is happening this Sunday from 6pm to 9pm EST (livestream link), and all of the sales benefit LA-based educational nonprofit 826LA. Items like signed books, DVDs, and posters and items from Harmon and friends' closets will be (or already are) available for purchase.

Watch a Trailer for the Dan Harmon Documentary 'Harmontown'

Last year, after having been fired from his TV show Community, creator Dan Harmon took his live show/podcast Harmontown on a nationwide tour and it was filmed for a documentary by director Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing). Here's the trailer to that very documentary, featuring appearances from Sarah Silverman, John Oliver, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jack Black, and more. The movie is also called Harmontown, and it premieres at South by Southwest on March 8th.

'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.

Diving Into the Cult of Dan Harmon in 'Harmontown'

When introducing the documentary Harmontown at the South by Southwest Film Festival, director Neil Berkeley (Beauty is Embarrassing) described his film's thesis, saying, “The point of this film is not about whether Dan Harmon is a good person or a bad person, but to understand why people are in that room listening to him.” The film follows Harmon on tour with his Harmontown podcast shortly after the embattled show runner's firing from Community in early 2013. Berkeley's remarks make clear it's less a tour doc than a character study, in a similar vein to Rodman Flender's doc, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, which premiered in 2011 also at SXSW. And [...]

There's a 'Heat Vision and Jack' Animated Series in the Works; Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab Aren't Involved

During Community creator Dan Harmon's Reddit AMA today, he was asked about the future of Heat Vision and Jack, the rejected 1999 Fox pilot he created with Rob Schrab that starred Jack Black as an astronaut who befriends a talking motorcycle (Owen Wilson) and went on to become a cult hit online. Harmon replied:

"They're trying to develop a Heat Vision and Jack cartoon right now, I believe… Schrab and I kind of 'sold' the idea to a studio but after a while, we backed out of it creatively and they hired writers to take it over, because it felt like they wanted Bob's Burgers but with a motorcycle. [...]

Adult Swim Renews Dan Harmon's 'Rick and Morty' for Season 2

Community creator Dan Harmon's new series, the animated Adult Swim sci-fi comedy Rick and Morty, has been renewed for a second season. Adult Swim has yet to confirm the renewal, but one of the writers who was added for Season 2, Matt Roller (Community), posted a picture of the show's Season 2 writing staff on Twitter earlier this week that has since been removed. There's no word on how many episodes the new season will be.

Co-created by Harmon and Justin Roiland and loosely based on Roiland's failed Channel 101 pilot and subsequent web series The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, it's a Back to the Future-esque story about [...]

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 [...]

Dan Harmon to Post-Cancellation 'Community' Fans: "Sit Back and Relax for This Chapter"

Community creator Dan Harmon took to Tumblr this morning to reach out to fans in the wake of NBC's cancellation of the show last week to both address rumors about the show possibly being shopped around to other networks and whether or not he wants fans to start another uproar for its resurrection. While Harmon is clearly bummed that Community was given the axe, he says his thoughts on the idea of shopping the show around are in the "eh column," but at the same time he's "not going to be the guy that recancels canceled Community." From the post:

I'm scared to tell you how little [...]

Amazingly, 'Community’ Might Actually Get Those Six Seasons and a Movie

For years now, Community fans and the show's cast and crew have been using the phrase "six seasons and a movie" as a half-joking mantra about the show's future, but now, it looks like the show might actually be getting a sixth season and a movie.

TV Guide reports that plans for the movie are in the early stages and that Justin Lin is being considered to direct. Lin directed the last four Fast and the Furious movies and three episodes of Community, including the show's famed paintball episode. TV Guide adds that "NBC and Sony insiders say they're optimistic" and that if NBC passes on another season, [...]

Dan Harmon and Mitch Hurwitz Are Working on a Mysterious Project Together

Community creator Dan Harmon did an interview with Rolling Stone out today, and in it, he mentioned that he and Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz are working on a mysterious new project together.

Here's what Harmon said, although he deliberately didn't give a lot of details:

I've begged him to come to the writers' room on Community, but he has wisely declined. I don't think he'd be able to stand being on someone else's thing. He and I have talked about doing a project together, so that every time I see him, I'm like, "We weren't just drunk, we're really gonna do that?" And he's like, "Yeah." … I don't [...]