NBC Boss on Community's Friday Move and Possible Departures of Dan Harmon, Chevy Chase
Although the show’s diehard fans may disagree, Community‘s relocation from Thursday to Friday is a good thing, maintains NBC president Robert Greenblatt.
“The show has its faithful audience and they will follow it to the ends of the Earth,” the exec insists. “And I really wanted to do something to invigorate Friday because we love Grimm. So I thought, let’s move a show where the audience will move with it. I actually look at the positive side of it, although no good deed goes unpunished.”
Greenblatt, meanwhile, would neither confirm not deny buzz that series creator Dan Harmon may step down as showrunner. “I’m not up to speed on that yet,” he said. “I think he’ll be involved in the show to some degree.”
And what about Harmon’s “nemesis” Chevy Chase? “My assumption is [he will be back],” he said of the veteran actor, whose behind the scenes war with Harmon was recently made very public. “But I haven’t had any conversations about that this week, so I don’t have a definitive yes or no.”
Greenblatt elaborated on the imbroglio in a call with reporters Thursday afternoon, maintaining that should Harmon exit it would not be as a result of tensions with Chase. “I don’t think that would determine him running the show or not – based on one of the actors,” he said. “I think it’s larger issues that have to do with a lot of things.”
Other takeaways from the Greenblatt conference call:
* Despite reports to the contrary, 30 Rock isn’t necessarily heading into its final season.
* Smash‘s sophomore season (which will consist of 16-18 episodes) is being held until midseason so it can run uninterrupted and rerun-free through May.
* With the exception of Fox-bound Mindy Kaling, the Office cast will remain intact next season.Follow @MichaelAusiello