What will NBC's Community look like without creator Dan Harmon, who was, in his own words, fired from the series this past May?
A few thousand of the show's very loyal fans got the first early details Friday morning, during the "Community: School is Back in Session" panel at Comic-Con in San Diego. The panel, filled to capacity in the large Ballroom 20, featured cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown and Danny Pudi; executive producer Russ Krasnoff; new showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port; and returning writers Megan Ganz (wearing a "Save The Cape" t-shirt) and Andy Bobrow (with a "Crisis Alert" shirt).
As for the looming question of what the show will look like under new leadership, in the words of Britta Perry herself, don't worry, they address it.
"It's all going to be OK," Guarascio told the crowd, assuring that he and Port were fans of the show before being brought on to replace Harmon. "The only thing we care about is keeping it this weird,
wonderful gem that it's always been, and that's not going to change."
Port noted that a lot of writers — like Ganz and Bobrow — are back for the new season, and said plainly, "We're not going to screw it up." Harmon was spoken of fondly, briefly, by McHale and others, but otherwise the panel focused on highlights from the past season and teases towards the next.
As far as the impending season four goes, Guarascio said that they're looking to "explore new relationships," and may have another "inventive animation" — like the anime sequence in "Foosball and Nocturnal Vigilantism" — as early as next year. The new showrunners said they're also planning on showing Pierce's mansion, and take the characters to an "Inspector Spacetime" convention, which unsurprisingly got a positive reaction from the crowd.
More from the panel:
- McHale stated that viewers will meet Jeff's long-discussed absentee father in season four, and joked that they've already cast an actor: Eddie Murphy. "Mr. Pluto Nash himself."
- Nick Kroll and his gang of foosball players may be back.
- Brie on Annie's character arc in season three: "Taking steps backwards in the land of maturity, but in a good way."
- Shirley's tendency to always carry her purse with her comes from Brown herself. "I'm from the inner-city of Cleveland, and you just don't leave your
- Ganz on "Basic Lupine Urology," the show's Law & Order parody: "Dick Wolf gave his blessing for us to use the chunk-chunk. I've been a fan of that show for at least 15 years. I actually scheduled
my college classes around TNT rerun blocks."
- McHale to a fan in full Nightcrawler makeup, a character he correctly identified: "I think there's a question from a totally normal person."
- Pudi discussed the line "I see your value now" in the pilot, saying it ended up being one of Community's main themes. "We each see our values, and I think that's the strength of the show."
- McHale: "We have the greatest fan base any television show has ever had."
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