Fired 'Community' Showrunner Reveals What Went on Behind the Scenes of Troubled NBC Sitcom -- and Offers a Lively Critique of TV and Society as a Whole; Here's the Video EW
"Community" creator Dan Harmon told Marc Maron on "Attack of the Show" that in the future he will "have less ideas, because I want to be successful in television," reports EW.com's Inside TV.
As previously reported, Harmon was fired from his role as showrunner on "Community” after a strained relationship between himself and studio Sony Pictures Television. While the show is a critical favorite, it has failed to find the kind of large audience enjoyed by rival comedies such as "The Big Bang Theory."
In a lively 11-minute interview, Harmon said: "I feel like I’m a good person and a professional, a very able leader of men. I also feel like I’m 25. … Maybe I am just a jerk. To people who work above me I am a liability that isn’t worth the benefit. It’s a low-rated show that’s not generating much revenue.”
“In the third season you can see me start to go, ‘Never mind, just give me a good review in the Times,’" Harmon said, talking about his approach to the show's ratings.
Among many highlights in the interview, he comments on “Community’s” time slot competition, including Fox juggernaut “American Idol,” saying: “Why do they win? Why does the robot get to eat the people?” Admitting that he aspires to mainstream success, he describes television as a “populist, derivative, democratic medium,” adding: “You’re supposed to make a hamburger everyone wants in their mouth.”
Here’s the complete interview: