'Community' Creator Dan Harmon Admits He's Kind of a Horse's Ass
"If 20 people call you a horse's ass, you buy a saddle ... I feel like I'm a good person and a professional, a very able leader of men. I also feel like I'm 25 ... Maybe I am just a jerk. To people who work above me I am a liability that isn't worth the benefit. It's a low-rated show that's not generating much revenue."
Harmon also admitted that, once he saw the writing on the wall, he ran wild with the show.
Harmon acknowledged that he started creatively "farting around" on Community, such in the much-loved paintball episode, once he started to believe the show was going to get cancelled by NBC. "In the third season you can see me start to go, 'Never mind, just give me a good review in the Times.'" Harmon said NBC respected the idea of Community being a critical darling, but also noted the comedy was getting clobbered in the ratings -- especially by CBS' Big Bang Theory. "Why does the robot get to eat the people?" he joked about Big Bang's popularity. Still, Harmon admitted he aspires to achieve mainstream success. "You're supposed to make a hamburger that everyone wants in their mouth, that's how you know you're doing it well."
As for Harmon's future: He wants to make a show maybe not as smart as "Community."
"My [next] idea is to have less ideas, because I want to be successful in television. I turned off 90 percent of my brain ... for the first season of Community."). That next show, Harmon says, could be a multi-camera comedy -- like Big Bang Theory -- "just to prove that it's not cancer, it doesn't have to be. TV in all of its ugliness can be a beautiful thing."
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