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Lacey Rose profiles previous and current Community show runner Dan Harmon for The Hollywood Reporter:

Asked about his recurring foot-in-mouth disease, Harmon grows serious. “I’ve always needed to express myself to strangers in order to feel OK about myself,” he begins. But the desire — need, even — to air his feelings and frustrations, often at the expense of others, runs deeper: “If I’m feeling pain inside, I say what I’m feeling; and when I say it in the way that I say it, it makes people laugh, and then that makes the pain go away,” he adds. “So whether it’s through blogging or talking into a microphone, it’s the thing that keeps me sane. I really look at it as a form of therapy.”

This is a great story about one of the more fascinating guys in Hollywood. Under his watch, Community was the most interesting sitcom on television, and his podcast Harmontown is equally engaging and interesting. I can’t wait to see what he does in his new/old/unique role.

God Needs A Hobby →

Grantland’s Alex Pappademas spends twenty hours with former Community show runner Dan Harmon as he tours the country with his Harmontown podcast:

It’s not stand-up, it’s not theater, and it’s not a lecture, although sometimes it feels like all those things. (Maybe not theater.) It’s filed under “comedy” in iTunes, which isn’t wrong, but its best moments belong in some imaginary genre alongside books like Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and Sheila Heti’s How Should a Person Be?, the parts of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast where you’re listening to Marc Maron talk to himself about Marc Maron, the self-deconstructive nonfiction of David Shields’s last few books, maybe the instantly legendary “cancer set” comedian Tig Notaro recorded at Largo last year, maybe Frank Ocean’s Channel ORANGE — autobiographical work that derives its charge from a compulsion to confess, narrated from an in-the-moment POV by people not particularly concerned with their likability.

Dan’s a fascinating dude, and this is a well-done profile. 

Zombie Community

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.

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