Community is my favorite show on television, and it returns to NBC this Thursday at 8 pm.  But it’s likely going to be very different, given that show runner and creative force Dan Harmon was axed after last season.  I read a few good pieces today on the eve of the show’s return, and wanted to share them:

  • Grantland’s Andy Greenwald has seen the first two episodes, and wrote about how it influenced how he views Harmon’s run: “It’s decent ventriloquism; it’s passable karaoke. In its final — and they will be final — episodes, Community isn’t terrible. It’s just terribly pointless.”
  • Bradford Evans interviewed the ousted Harmon for Splitsider.  Among other topics, Harmon explains why he’ll wait on watching the new episodes: “I am the guy whose job it was to go into that office every day and – no matter how good the show was – say “I don’t think it’s good enough.” That’s arguably why I got fired and arguably why if the show is good enough and everyone’s happy with it, you don’t want to hear my dumb ass piping up about it.”
  • Hitfix’s Alan Sepinwall interviews new show runners Moses Port and David Guarascio about the task of inheriting an intensely loved show they hadn’t previously worked on.