It’s only two-and-a-half months since Community creator/ex-showrunner Dan Harmon was unceremoniously canned from his own show, but it seems like he’s thriving more than ever now, with several projects in the works including a multi-camera sitcom for CBS. Could things get any busier for Harmon right now? Read on for more.
Even before Harmon was given the pink slip, he was already working on an animated series called Rick and Morty over at Adult Swim, and now he’s busy working on a stop-motion movie Anomalisa with Charlie Kaufman, a multi-camera comedy for Fox and another possible sitcom for CBS.
TV Line reported that Harmon has just signed a blind script pact with CBS for a half-hour multi-cam comedy. Want to know more? Tough luck, as plot details are a little sketchy at the moment, but one thing is certain; the more traditional format will a fresh change for Harmon, whose Community and The Sarah Silverman Program were both single-camera series. And the change seems to be a welcome one, as Harmon has been talking about his interest in the multi-camera format for a while now… albeit in slightly (understandably) bitter terms; “My idea is to have less ideas, because I want to be successful in television,” he told interviewer Marc Maron earlier this month on G4′s Attack of the Show.
CBS’s distinctive comedy style has already been labelled an “odd fit” for Harmon — as explained by comparing Community with, say, The Big Bang Theory or How I Met Your Mother — but Harmon is a creative individual who seems very adaptable to change, so why shouldn’t he thrive? And with CBS’ better ratings, Harmon will no doubt reach more viewers, so how could things possibly go wrong? Well, hopefully they won’t. And at the rate his new projects are coming into focus, Harmon seems to be on his way up. We’ll keep you posted on his upcoming new shows.
Could Harmon’s Community firing someday turn out to be a blessing in disguise?