“Ratings? Where we’re going we don’t need ratings…”
Yesterday (July 24) Community creator and demigod Dan Harmon, longtime writer Chris McKenna and stars Joel McHale, Jim Rash, Gillian Jacobs and Star Burns, I mean Dino Stamatopoulos, took their spots on the stage for the Community panel at this year’s Comic Con.
I can’t imagine anyone actually went to this panel expecting it to be a serious discussion of the show, or its upcoming sixth season, and that’s probably a good thing because in true Harmon and Community fashion, everything was just a little bit, well, silly.
According to McHale, he had “no doubt” they would return because “much like a Japanese General, the only option was victory or suicide.” He always wanted to come back, and why? Because Community is “The greatest television show in the history of all television!” Yes Joel. Yes it is.
Harmon explained that now that they are no longer “bound by broadcast restrictions,” he wanted Community to remain true to its episodic nature. “We will continue to make the show weekly, it’s not going to be one of those all-at-once models, so in some ways people will continue to watch the show as they’ve always watched it. My philosophy is: Attempt to make the same show, and let the lack of boundaries kind of make themselves felt, instead of just going, ‘We can make the episode 49 minutes long, and say the f-word the whole time’.”
Among some of the other silliness, the following was announced:
- McHale announced that Benedict Cumberbatch would be filling the seat left vacant by the not-returning Chevy Chase. (I’d have to say that’s probably not going to happen).
- There may or may not (possibly may, but more probably may not) be a Pokemon themed episode.
- What about romance? Will there be more Jeff/Britta or Jeff/Annie? McHale says that “Now it’s on the internet. So it’s probably Jeff and Dean now.” (I can literally imagine Jim Rash’s reaction to hearing that).
- We may not see a Halloween or Christmas themed episode, “I don’t think it’s going to be in time,” McKenna replied to the fan asked question. “We don’t want to be doing Halloween episodes in February.” (It was initially speculated that the show would return in the Fall, however Harmon said that they would begin writing in the Fall and then made a vague reference to the series returning “sometime after Christmas”).
- Harmon declared that “Everyone’s going to be a vampire.” And y’know what? I’m just going to take that at face value.
- Troy is out there. Somewhere. Harmon revealed, “He may be in peril. That’s what movies are made of.” (GASP!)
- If they can make it work, and he can find the time, John Oliver may make an appearance in season six. (Yes! I need my Professor Duncan).
- If Gillian was a student at Greendale, the one class she would want to take would be “History of Ice Cream” (Who wouldn’t?!).
- What show would they like to spoof next? (Who could forget the Glee episode?) Dino called out, “Dobie Gills!”, whereas everyone else is merely staring at Harmon’s Rick and Morty t-shirt. (oooh crossover! Now that’d be cool!).
- And finally… If Dan Harmon was a flavour, he’d be bacon. Everyone knows that.
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