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SXSW Review: Unexpectedly Moving Documentary 'Harmontown' Examines 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 15, 2014 2:33 PM
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We're not sure there's been a figure in the history of television quite like Dan Harmon. The "Community" creator has, over the past few years, become the first celebrity showrunner, a writer as well-known as any of his creations, and whose fiiter-free, headline-grabbing antics, and rise-and-fall-and-rise again narrative, have seen him become, if not a household name, then a serious cult figure.

Discuss: Do You Want Hear Dan Harmon's Thoughts About 'Community' Season 4 On A DVD Commentary?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 12:26 PM
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If you're a "Community" fan, you already know the saga, so we'll keep it brief. Nearing the end of season three, with renewal still a question mark, the show's creator and visionary Dan Harmon got into an ugly spat with Chevy Chase (who hadn't helped himself by repeatedly trashing the show), and thanks to other public comments, was effectively canned from the program. NBC re-upped "Community," and while fans breathed a sigh of relief, the fourth season was mostly perceived to be a disappointment, paling in comparison to Harmon-guided first three seasons. The good news? Harmon is back for season five. And perhaps season four can also be salvaged, albeit in the most curious way possible.

Charlie Kaufman Pens Stop-Motion Animated Film 'Anomalisa,' 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Exec-Producing

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 11, 2012 4:32 PM
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Charlie Kaufman might be having some issues getting his next directorial effort, "Frank Or Francis," up and running, but he's not exactly lacking for work. The writer of "Adaptation" and "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind" is adapting young-adult novel "The Knife Of Letting Go" for Lionsgate, and he's developing an HBO series starring Catherine Keener. And now, he's moving into new territory with some very, very interesting collaborators.

The Darkest Timeline: Sony TV Fire Dan Harmon As Showrunner Of 'Community'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2012 10:28 AM
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The writing's been on the wall for a while, but late last night, only 24 hours after the third season of NBC's beloved, if poorly-rated sitcom "Community" came to a close, Sony Pictures Television decided to break the hearts of the show's devoted fanbase, by announcing (per the AV Club, among others) that Dan Harmon, creator of the comedy, wouldn't be returning as showrunner for the recently-recommissioned fourth season of the show, and that he would be replaced by David Guarascio and Moses Port, who've most recently looked after ABC's show "Happy Endings."

Adult Swim Order 'Harold & Kumar' Animated Pilot, Plus Projects From Dan Harmon & Seth Grahame-Smith

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 16, 2012 1:30 PM
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As part of the annual dog-and-pony show that is network up-fronts, where new series are trotted out before advertisers and press, Cartoon Network has revealed (via Hollywood Reporter) that they have ordered eight new pilots for its after hours Adult Swim programming block, and among them are a new series from "Community" creator Dan Harmon, an animated series based on the 'Harold & Kumar' franchise, and a project produced by "Dark Shadows"/"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" writer Seth Grahame-Smith.

Discuss: Does A Public Blow-Up With 'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Mean Curtains For Chevy Chase On The Show?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 2, 2012 9:40 AM
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And it was all going so well for "Community." NBC's innovative, genre-hopping sitcom had gone through its darkest time after being yanked off the schedule late last year, and many wondered if the low-rated show with a cult following was headed to the chopping block. But in fact, being taken off the air might have been the best thing to happen to it: it energized the fans, and when the show returned just over two weeks ago, it was to its best ratings in over a year. Even this week, when hugely popular timeslot nemesis "Big Bang Theory" returned with new episodes, "Community" held strong, and was the NBC's biggest show of the night. Given that a fourth season of the show would see it move closer to the crucial number of episodes for syndication, it all looks but certain that the gang will back next fall.

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