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NBC has reportedly reached out to previous Community showrunner and creator Dan Harmon to see if he’d return for season 5.

Well, this is interesting. And worth taking enough grains of salt with to noticeably spike your blood pressure. According to Hollywookie, Dan Harmon told the audience of his popular podcast Harmontown that the peacock network had reached out to him after Community was renewed for its fifth season.

After making the comment, Harmon reportedly asked his team that the news be edited out of his podcast. This slip-of-the-tongue would be in true Harmon fashion. The most recent Harmontown episode, “Blood on the Corn,” was released on May 21, so we will have to wait until the next one is released to see if he confirms this new, exciting information. Harmontown doesn’t follow any set release schedule.

Harmon’s news would confirm Deadline’s May 10 report that NBC had reached out to the writer to helm the show’s fifth season. Their report suggested that the ousting of one-time Harmon nemesis Chevy Chase opened the door for a Harmon return. NBC has repeatedly claimed that Chase and Harmon’s soured relationship had nothing to do with Harmon’s firing. We think it seems like a bit of a stretch that one of the big four networks would make a multi-million dollar personnel decision based on whom gets along with whom.

Season 4 of Community was widely seen as creatively inferior to the previous Harmon seasons. But NBC brought it back despite both middling reception and mediocre Nielsen ratings (though no more or less mediocre ratings than the Harmon years). Perhaps the knowledge that Harmon was waiting in the wings influenced their decision. Still, this seems to be a stunning about-face and a large amount of energy exerted on a show that is constantly on the verge of cancellation.

  • http://slasher777.tumblr.com/ Alex
    • Esmeblabbed

      haha typical reply from Dan Harmon. Probably sarcasm – hopefully not.

      I really hope he comes back. For me season 4 did not do Community justice. Season 5 with Dan Harmon could be Season 4. And the first Season 4 without Dan Harmon could be the darkest timeline.

      I’m joking but seriously – if he comes back I may cry with joy.

  • babewithbrains22

    I will be so happy if this is true!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    Quite happy with this.

    • humanbeing

      a-DUH! You’re the schmitty, shmitty! Bang, zoom, pwned. Now let’s have a food fight. But seriously, please let Dan Harmon come back. Please. My opinion is that Season 4 was NOT good, but we can afford to be a little kind to those who thought it was.

      • humanbeing

        Whoops. Now the comment I was commenting on isn’t there anymore, so it looks like I’m making fun of Dillon. Not the case. I was just responding to some other schmitty, who was being a bit rude (and maybe realized it, since his comment vanished into the ether).

        • Alec Bojalad

          Sorry to pull the rug out from under you on that one, I’m sure Dillon understood your pure intentions. Plus, your original comment still indicates who you were commenting on – if that makes sense.

    • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

      It’s personal opinion. I’m allowed to have one.

      • Eff Dillion Mays

        Dillon is a schimtty and owns a Discman.

        • humanbeing

          Well, we can even afford to be kind to them, Mark.

        • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

          I don’t get this. And you spelled my name wrong.

  • Rachel Whelen

    I literally screamed out loud when I read this headline. If it’s true it would take the cake for best TV news ever. I would actually want sixseasonsandamovie again. PLEASE TELEVISION GODS LET THIS BE TRUE!

  • bethanny23

    God I hope he comes back.

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