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Fox Eyes Comedy From 'Community's' Dan Harmon

The ousted showrunner is negotiating a deal to bring a new project to the network.

Dan Harmon
Dan Harmon

Ousted Community showrunner Dan Harmon may have found a new home at Fox.

The network that was home to Harmon's 1999 pilot Heat Vision and Jack is near a deal with Harmon for a comedy pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

As first reported by TV Guide, the project would likely be a multicamera effort, a departure from Community's single-camera model. Details about the premise of the project are being kept under wraps.

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Harmon, who was removed as showrunner on NBC's critical hit but ratings challenged Community in May, is currently without a development deal. A deal with Fox's studio counterpart 20th Television for the untitled comedy effort is in the works.

NBC Entertainment president Bob Greebblatt told reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that fans would get the series they know and love under new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio.
"Every so often it's time to make a change with a showrunner and you evaluate the creative and how the show is run and how writing staff works," he told reporters. "Sometimes you want to freshen a show and we just decided it was time to do that with Community."

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Indeed, Port and Guarascio reassured fans earlier this month at Comic-Con, vowing that they weren't "gonna screw it up."

For his part, Harmon also has an animated comedy pilot in development at Adult Swim titled Rick & Morty and revolving around a genius inventor and his less-than-genius grandson and their life journeys. In addition, Harmon and Charlie Kaufman are working on funding (via Kickstarter) for a stop-motion film titled Anomalisa.

STORY: Dan Harmon, Charlie Kaufman Kickstarting 'Anomalisa' Stop-Motion Film

In a recent interview, the former Community boss confessed that he was a "liability."

"If 20 people call you a horse's ass, you buy a saddle," Harmon told G4's Attack of the Show. "I feel like I am a good person and a professional, very able leader of men. I also feel like I'm 25. That slowly changed without me realizing it. Maybe I am just a jerk. To people who work above me, I am a liability that isn't worth the benefit. A low-rated show that's not generating much revenue."

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