Pretty great interview with showrunner Dan Harmon on Attack of the Show, talking about his forced exit from Community. Plenty of NBC bashing, but no mention of Chevy Chase. Interviewer Marc Maron did get this gem out of Harmon, however, talking about what he’s got in mind for his next job: “My idea is to have less ideas. I want to be successful in television.”
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The Hollywood media was abuzz this weekend over the news that Dan Harmon was being replaced as showrunner of NBC’s Community. Not that the TV execs wanted it that way when they announced the news on Friday evening after most reporters had gone home.
But Harmon’s not the sort of fellow to go quietly. Via Tumblr, he swiftly responded to the network spin with his typical frankness.
On the news he will remain on the show as a consulting producer:
I am technically “signed on,” by default, to be an executive consulting something or other – which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position. Guys like me can’t actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we’re still allowed to have a title on the things we create and “help out,” like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.
Star magazine and Radar Online reporter Dylan Howard* has dropped another Chevy Chase bombshell this morning. It’s a second audio recording of Community’s famous senior citizen, complaining via telephone to show creator Dan Harmon about the direction of several episodes.
From a media perspective, what’s most unusual about this one is that it can be found on a website not named TMZ. Celebuzz, part of the kinder, gentler BUZZMEDIA empire, normally does not get into this sort of territory:
Talk about a meeting of new paradigms. Today’s NPR.com interview piece about the evolution of LA video shorts collective Channel 101 was put together not by a public radio veteran but rather one Noah Nelson, a reporter with Oakland based online news service TurnStyle.
Channel 101 is a nearly ten-year-old, voter-driven screening series that was sparked by the gift of a Sony Handycam from Ben Stiller to founders Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, who have respectively gone on to success with the TV shows Community and Parks & Recreation. TurnStyle is a youthful news organization launched in January and guided with help from some savvy industry veterans. Reporter Nelson eventually gets to the critical component of Channel 101, the idea that the collective’s many layers of rejection are a perfect prelude to dealing with the vagaries of Hollywood:
That’s the secret sauce of Channel 101; anything goes and it’s OK to fall flat on your face because the rest of the comedy nerds and film freaks in the not-quite-secret club will be waiting for you afterward, ready to see what you cook up next.