Sony Pictures Television, the studio that fired "Community" creator Dan Harmon last year, announced that it has rehired him as the showrunner for the upcoming season, The New York Times reports. The announcement confirms news of Harmon’s return, which we reported last week.
The studio also said Chris McKenna, a writer and producer who previously worked on the NBC show, will return. Both will have the title of executive producer.
While the audience for the series has never been large, it has a loyal fan base, with its supporters blogging and tweeting about it passionately, the piece notes.
"For NBC, a struggling if recognizable show like ‘Community’ was evidently worth holding onto,” the story reports. “While the network has had its overall problems in recent years, its prime-time comedy lineup — once an NBC hallmark — has been a particular challenge, and it has lost signature series like ’30 Rock’ and ‘The Office.’"
Harmon had tested the patience of both studio and network executives, and he had a public feud with "Community" co-star Chevy Chase, who has since left the series.