It happens to me every year right around this time. Just after the Pajiba 10 are announced, I suddenly remember all of the crushes I’d previously neglected. Katee and Aubrey, I’m truly sorry. This year, it’s Joel McHale’s turn. Especially after the Community panel at Comic- Con.
First Dan Harmon assured everyone that even in the new format, the show will stay the same:
“The Community that [fans] recognize needs to be there,” Harmon said, insisting that he has no “big, highfalutin plans” for the weekly webisodes.
“My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries make themselves felt,” he said.” I don’t want to take the wheels off so much that people think, ‘This is a new show.’”
But while Harmon might the incredibly brilliant, but weird brain behind the show, McHale is clearly its heart:
How did the show survive to live another season? “I don’t know,” Harmon admitted. “I don’t know how Joel got me my job back for Season 5. Sony and Yahoo, they’re giant corporations. Their tentacles reach. Hail Hydra.” After some mixed feelings about the Yahoo option, Harmon decided, “Does it really matter where you’re doing this? I can’t be the one to not do this. Wherever the show is, people will find it… You’ll be watching this the way you always watched this - only now it’s legal.”
Star Joel McHale said he had “no doubt that we would be back… Like a Japanese general in World War II, the only option was victory or suicide.” He added, “I was ready to do a regional theater version of the show.” McHale then noted that fans already watched the show on their phones’ and tablets’ tiny screens, not on live TV, and “Now we’re on one. So f-k you network television… unless they want us back.”
How much do you love Community? Not as much as Joel McHale does.
And the regional theater version of the show? Is there any way we can still make that happen?