"I love attention. If you let me, I will make the planet all about me, but I'm also objective enough to know that's not good for Community," said the series' newly rehired showrunner Dan Harmon, who was photographed June 19 at the Paramount lot in Hollywood for a THR cover story.
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"I wanted to kill myself constantly," said Harmon, when asked to assess how he handled his first stint on Community. "It's not an exaggeration to say that every single day, I was the reason why everyone above me and everyone below me had a problem."
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Cleansng the Palate
“The feeling is familiar and delicious,” Harmon quipped about returning to the NBC comedy, noting that his first episode will be a palate cleanser, designed to reacquaint Community viewers with the characters’ humanity. “I don’t mean that we tasted anything bad,” he said. “I just mean that because we tasted something different, there needs to be a reset.”
Accompanied by his partner Jeff Davis, comedian girlfriend Erin McGathy (who lives with Harmon in their Los Feliz home) and a documentary filmmaker, he took his comedy show Harmontown — during which he plays Dungeons & Dragons and riffs on topics ranging from his struggles as a showrunner to his relationship with McGathy — on the road.
Harmon got a typewriter for his seventh or eighth birthday, which he used to write sequels to movies. “I wrote Jaws 3 before it came out,” he joked.
YouTube Before YouTube
The partners (Davis and Harmon) were early pioneers in online comedy with their Web TV network Channel 101. They later inked a deal for a 101 FX pilot, co-hosted by Jack Black and Jeff Davis, but it didn’t move forward.
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Harmon (pictured with Community star Crystal the monkey) will appear this year in A-list venue Hall H at Comic-Con.
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Community actor Joel McHale (left, with co-star Gillian Jacobs) said conventional storylines bore Harmon, whose tastes skew more ambitious, as evidenced by season two’s paintball episode. “He’s got one of those one-in-a-billion minds,” said McHale.
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Greenblatt, Silverman and Chase
From left: NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt; Sarah Silverman, star of the Harmon co-creation The Sarah Silverman Program; and former Community star Chevy Chase.
While filming, Harmon and Chase were often at odds, allegedly leading Harmon to ask those gathered at the season-three wrap party to chant, “F— you” to the actor. On his widely read Tumblr account, Dan Harmon Poops, the Community creator likened Greenblatt to Star Wars villain “Darth Vader.”
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Oliver Stone’s company optioned Scud, Rob Schrab’s comic book that Harmon worked on. Recalled Harmon, “We were in Milwaukee, and Oliver Stone, Hollywood and $10,000 meant an awful lot to us.”