Another Great Show, Another Fired Producer.
In 1988, Glenn Gordon Carson wrote the premiere of Moonlighting Season 5. It was called "Womb With A View" and is my all time favorite episode. It was the last episode he ever wrote, as he was fired as Executive Producer and never returned to Moonlighting. In 2003, Aaron Sorkin wrote the Season 4 finale of The West Wing. He led the show up to a major cliff hanger. He was fired and never wrote for The West Wing again. Thursday night 2012, Community played its Season 3 finale produced by Dan Harmon. News came out days before that the show was renewed. We all rejoiced. Two days later Dan Harmon was fired. I am pretty freaking sure he will never write for Community again. I have compared Community to Moonlighting quite a bit these last weeks on our podcasts and the comparisons continue. Cybill Shepherd was not a fan of Glenn Gordon Caron. Chevy Chase was not a fan of Dan Harmon. The brass at Sony Studios and NBC say that the Chevy feud had nothing to do with why Dan Harmon was fired. I believe ABC said the same thing about Moonlighting. NBC said the same thing about The West Wing. In the past, when they have removed the main creative person behind a show, the show fails. When David Lynch went off to make Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks crumbled. David E. Kelley left Chicago Hope and Picket Fences, both shows suffered. When Joss Whedon stopped being in charge of the daily goings on at Buffy, the show became unwatchable. The West Wing and Moonlighting became shells of their former selves. This becomes a pattern so predictable you would think that networks would be able to see it. In fact it's so predictable you would think they would sign this pattern to a 13 episode commitment because predictability is what Network Stooges like most.
I love Community and I want the final 13 episodes to succeed but I am fairly certain that will be impossible without the writing staff that brought us here. The really scary part of Community is that the other show runners are leaving as well. We all want to see Community sent off with the final season it deserves. What would possibly be the point of bringing this show back for a shortened season without the heart that made it? I have seen Dan Harmon interviewed. I have read his online statements. I find him to be a very unpleasant person. I would never want to work with him. Aaron Sorkin seems like he's twice as arrogant as the characters he creates. Glenn Gordon Caron freaking discovered and created Bruce Willis. Can you imagine that ego? I wouldn't want to have to manage that person. Guess what? That is why I am not a network executive. The fact that these writers are difficult is what makes them artists. Networks should want that kind of person. Do we want to eat dinner with them? No. Do we want to try to force them to meet a deadline? No. But we do want them to write our entertainment. They are called artists. They see the world differently and they don't follow the norms. So what can we as viewers do? Well, I think we blog, we podcast and we try to point our friends in the right direction when we see great shows, great networks and over all greatness. Dan Harmon should do what everyone should do when they are fired. Go do something better. Community is a great show; I know he can make a better one. Just don't go to NBC when you come up with it. Check out my Other Community Blogs
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