FILE – This Aug. 5, 2009 file photo shows Dan Harmon speaking during the panel for “Community” at the NBC Universal Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, Calif. While promoting his new animated series “Rick & Morty” for Adult Swim Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif., Harmon discussed his decision to return to “Community” for its fifth season. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Dan Harmon hopes he never needs a backup plan outside of Hollywood because he’s “a terrible dish washer and a terrible lover and a terrible pet owner.”
That’s why when the brass at Sony Pictures Television and NBC were willing to bring him back on as showrunner for the fifth season of “Community” it was a no brainer.
“If I had not gone back, the worst case scenario was 30 years of wondering,” said Harmon on Wednesday during the summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Harmon was let go from the show after its tumultuous fourth season where he was publicly at odds with both the show’s executives and cast member Chevy Chase.
Speaking his mind is a part of Harmon’s creative process.
“This is my only recourse, to go to bed at night feeling I did anything of merit. That fills me with emotions that sometimes get expressed in ways you may read about in third hand. Overall it allows me to fail upward.”
For someone who loves sitcoms, “Community” has built a cult following for writing that is both outside-the-box and sometimes high-concept, compared to other comedies.
Harmon says even if season five ends up being the last for “Community” he would not be done with the sitcom genre.
“I grew up on network sitcoms. If those are gone when I’m 65-years-old, I would never forgive myself… I grew up watching a box in my living room that made my parents happy.
Harmon talked about his return to the comedy while promoting his new animated series “Rick & Morty” for Adult Swim.
“Rick & Morty” premieres in December. It’s about the adventures of a genius inventor and his less intelligent grandson.