Life After 'Community': Dan Harmon CBS-Bound
Even after a messy breakup, "Community" creator Dan Harmon didn't exactly remain single long.
For those coming in late, NBC cut Harmon lose as "Community" showrunner this past May, due in no small part to an ugly, public spat with cast member Chevy Chase. He rebounded with a FOX series-development deal, and now Paste and Deadline report that he's cooking CBS up a multi-camera sitcom of their own, as well.
As noted by Deadline, he's now twice been branded a comedic genius with single-camera shows that critics loved, but audiences haven't embraced beyond a devoted cult following - first with "The Sarah Silverman Program" on Comedy Central, then in three seasons of "Community" on NBC. He also has an animated pilot called "Rick & Morty" in the works for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup.
Actually, Harmon coming to CBS could be the right deal at the right time for all involved. Harmon's a respected talent - if a bit of a notorious hot-head by now - who needed a good home or two. Incidentally, word surfaced recently that CBS is treating the upcoming eighth season of "How I Met Your Mother" as probably being the series' last after a seventh season of high-water ratings and a pivotal season-ending cliffhanger. That leaves a good-sized hole theoretically in their comedy lineup soon, and Harmon possibly being just the guy to continue CBS's comedic domination.
Then again, it all depends on two things coming through as hoped: Harmon proves as adept with multi-camera television as with a single-camera format, and Harmon averting butting heads with cast as he did with Chase.
In addition, Harmon and revered "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and "Being John Malkovich" writer Charlie Kaufman have the Kickstarter-funded stop-motion animated feature "Anomalisa" in the works. With 38 days to go until its funding deadline, their project easily surpassed its $200,000 goal.