"Yes yes yes! I'm back I'm back I'm back!" And with those words, it may be Dan Harmon to the rescue for one of network's best internet-age comedies. Nothing's been made official, but it appears that Harmon is returning to Community after a year off. Here's what he tweeted early Saturday morning:
Britta got in on the action, too, welcoming back her boss:
Welcome back, @danharmon! E Pluribus Anus!— Gillian Jacobs (@GillianJacobs) June 1, 2013
Harmon's tweet came after a sequence of other Community-related tweets from Harmon discussing "deal breakers" for his return to the NBC show, so it's reasonable to assume that he was staying on topic and the "I'm back" referred to Community. Yes, this is merry little prankster Harmon, but given the attention swirling his return, I'm inclined to think this is the real deal. I should also note that Chris McKenna, the executive producer who wrote "Remedial Chaos Theory" and "Paradigms of Human Memory" but left after Season 3, is also rumored to be returning. However, we still have the pesky "this is unofficial" obstacle to surmount before we can really break out the fruit punch.
I know I wrote that he shouldn't come back that he as a "gently go f*ck thyself" to Community's production studio Sony TV who, in my opinion, made a terrible and unjust decision to fire him in the first place. But now I'm glad he didn't take my advice, because I can't deny my excitement to have the salty sea captain steering the S.S. Community right through the icebergs of conformity once again. Either Harmon doesn't hold grudges like I do, he's eager to prove himself as the man, or the show's cast—Harmon specifically singled out Joel McHale as someone fans should thank for his return—convinced him to come back. Whatever the case, we're all winners.
Now the question is, "Can Dan Harmon return Community to the high quality of its first three seasons?" The answer, as Britta would say, is "Duh-doi!"