'Community' hires new showrunners; Dan Harmon to consult

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SATURDAY UPDATE: Dan Harmon addresses Community exit on his Tumblr blog: “I got fired”

ORIGINAL POST: Two new writer/producers will take over as showrunners on Community, NBC’s cult hit that attracted a wave of publicity this spring when word of a feud between Creator Dan Harmon and star Chevy Chase went public.

David Guarascio and Moses Port — best known for their work on Aliens in America and Just Shoot Me — will take over on the comedy that just received a 13-episode pickup by NBC for a fourth season. Harmon will remain on the show as a consulting producer.

In April, Harmon (pictured, left) issued an apology via his Tumblr for publicly playing a profanity-laced voicemail from Chase. Their feud supposedly began during the shooting of the comedy’s final episode, when Chase left the set following a dispute over dialogue. At the wrap party, Harmon reportedly tried to lead the crowd in a nasty chant against Chase, whose wife and daughter were present. That prompted Chase’s R-rated phone call.

Community will move to Fridays this fall.  While talking to reporters about the fall schedule last week, NBC Entertainment President Bob Greenblatt said there were “conversations happening” regarding Harmon and whether he would remain the top writer-producer on the series. “I expect Dan’s voice to be a part of the show somehow, I’m just not sure if that means he’s running it day-to-day or consulting on it,” Greenblatt said.

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