NBC’s recent, polarizing loss may be Fox’s gain.
The yet-unnamed, multi-camera comedy would be Harmon’s second project in the works since being bounced from Community in May; he’s also got an animated pilot called Rick & Morty in the hopper for Adult Swim.
Harmon’s worked with Fox before. In 1999, he co-wrote a Jack Black/Owen Wilson-starring, Ben Stiller-directed comedy/sci-fi mashup called Heat Vision & Jack. The avant garde project didn’t make it past the pilot stage.
David Garascio and Moses Port replaced Harmon as Community exec producers/showrunners in a surprise move by NBC this spring. Though Harmon officially remains on the staff as a consulting producer, he has suggested the role is a vanity title.
“… If I actually chose to go to the office, I wouldn’t have any power,” he wrote at the time. “I’m not saying you can’t make a good version of Community without me, but I am definitely saying that you can’t make my version of it unless I have the option of saying, ‘It has to be like this’ or ‘I quit’ roughly eight times a day.”
Harmon is the fourth Greendale guy to move to Fox: Former Community co-showrunners Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan are at the forthcoming Ben & Kate, and former co-executive producer Chris McKenna has joined The Mindy Project.Follow @kimroots