'Scrubs' duo set for 'Community' service

Donovan, Goldman ink two-year deal at UMS

Longtime "Scrubs" writer-producers Garrett Donovan and Neil Goldman have inked a new two-year, seven-figure overall deal at Universal Media Studios.

Under the pact, the duo joins the recently picked-up new NBC comedy series "Community" as executive producers/showrunners.

The single-camera project, created by Dan Harmon, is co-produced by Sony TV and UMS.

"Community," about a group of misfits attending a community college, stars Joel McHale, Chevy Chase, Danny Pudi, Gillian Jacobs and Yvette Nicole Brown.

Donovan and Goldman will exec produce with Harmon, Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster.

For the past eight years, Donovan and Goldman worked on "Scrubs," which ran on NBC for seven seasons before migrating to ABC in the fall.

They joined the ABC Studios-produced series at its inception as co-producers, rising to exec producers for the past three seasons.

Having worked on the longest-running live-action comedy series currently on the air proved a huge advantage when the duo met with studios after their previous pact with UMS ended last month.

"What we found in taking those meetings was that the experience we had gained over the years having been on such a quality show isn't that common because there haven't been so many sitcoms out there," Donovan said.

He praised their mentor, "Scrubs" creator/exec producer Bill Lawrence, for "teaching us the full aspect of showrunning."

UMS, ABC Studios and 20th TV expressed interest in signing the duo, with UMS and ABC Studios making serious plays for them.

At ABC Studios, the UTA-repped Donovan and Goldman probably would have stayed on "Scrubs" if it is picked up for another season, as rumored.

"We love 'Scrubs,' " Donovan said, "but we felt it was time to branch out a little bit."

UMS' offer included a showrunner gig on "Community."

"This was by far our favorite pilot this year," Donovan said. "It has such a strong focus on characters." (partialdiff)