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Fired COMMUNITY Mastermind Dan Harmon Headed To Fox??

Published at: July 26, 2012, 5:03 p.m. CST

I am – Hercules!!

Wanda Two Saints over at E! is reporting that Dan Harmon is nearing a deal for a new sitcom pilot at Fox.

Harmon, of course, is the creator and former showrunner of “Community” whom NBC replaced subsequent to the show’s acclaimed third season.

Now the bad news. E! reports that Harmon’s Fox project may be “multi-camera,” which is network-speak for “laugh track.”

No word on what the new Harmon sitcom would be about, but 13 years ago Harmon co-created another pilot for Fox, a vehicle for Jack Black and the voice of Owen Wilson titled “Heat Vision and Jack.”

Find all of E!’s story on the matter here.

 

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  • July 26, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    FIRST

    by Metroid_Fetish

    SUCK MY COCK

  • Very few of these documentary style comedies beside Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Office are that funny...

  • July 26, 2012, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Arrested Development would have been better with a laugh track.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    I'm a genius.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    can't remember the last comedy I watched that had a laugh track

    by Lando Griffin

    but if this is as funny as community I'll give it a shot

  • Perhaps I shouldn't say terrible, but laugh tracks make the shows incredibly cheesy and lame. To the point where the laugh track gets overused, and becomes such an annoyance that you no longer want to watch the show

  • July 26, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I love HEAT VISION AND JACK!

    by martinprince

    What's the matter, feel like you're trippin'?

  • July 26, 2012, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Hey Herc...

    by Quarantined

    ...it was the third season, not fourth. Just FYI.

  • July 26, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    couldnt he demand no laff track?

    by walt

    audiences are smart....we know when to laff

  • July 26, 2012, 6:05 p.m. CST

    I doubt Harmon is in position to demand anything

    by Bass Ackwards

    But maybe it's multi-camera because it'll be live? Just a thought.

  • July 26, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Intrigued as to what new Community will be like

    by theGoldbergV

    I'm worried it'll just feel like a cheap imitation. I know all the cast are saying the right things but has replacing a showrunner ever meant an increase in popularity or quality? I suppose Falling Skies is a lot better this season but that's not saying much.

  • July 26, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    I stopped watching Walking Dead

    by Bass Ackwards

    But I've seen a good number of comments that say the show improved quite a bit following Darabont's ousting. What's weird about Harmon's firing though is NBC has clearly written Community off. Short season airing Friday nights? It's not going to pull I any kind of numbers, the extra 13 episodes wont get them to the magic syndication number of 100 (not that thats a necessary benchmark anyways). I really wonder why NBC renewed it at all? My conspiracy theory is that it was renewed solely so someone could fire Harmon, someone at NBC just satisfying a grudge.

  • July 26, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Laugh tracks exist

    by Chairman_Kaga

    to inform morons when something "funny" is happening otherwise they may get scared off.

  • July 26, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    I can't get in there. Doorknobs...remember.

    by thedude2010

    I would watch that show. Or at the very least pirate it.

  • July 26, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Dan Harmon was too good for NBC

    by SifoDyasJr

    Just as Conan O'Brien, Norm MacDonald, and David Letterman were before him. He joins a great tradition of people that NBC has screwed over.

  • July 26, 2012, 9:30 p.m. CST

    my main problem with laughtracks is

    by DrClarke

    that they insult the audience by assuming we're too slow to understand when the show is supposed to be funny. If not that, then I guess the intent would be to make it seem like you're watching the show with several other people instead of just being alone, and well...that could be a whole different problem.

  • July 26, 2012, 9:31 p.m. CST

    A parody of a laugh track?

    by INWOsuxRED

    It would be cool to see a sitcom character do crowd work. I'd guess that is where Harmon would go with it. I guess It's Gary Shandling came close to that. Laugh track sitcoms include Seinfeld, Get a Life. Most great sketch shows have a laugh track. You can go in a lot of directions with a show in front of an audience.

  • July 26, 2012, 9:34 p.m. CST

    I know EVERYTHING!!!!!

    by INWOsuxRED

    No network would have let Heat Vision and Jack finish a season. It was too good for tv.

  • Shoot the show's narrative in order, so the audience is seeing a play. Don't give the audience a warm-up guy telling them they're "part of the show." Have it be a natural theatrical experience - win or lose. Of course, there's no fucking way they'd do that. I can't tell you how much respect for SNL I lost when I realized that they sweeten the laughs. I remember watching John Malkovich's first SNL appearance when he was in a sketch that bombed, and they let it air with the crowd not laughing. That was interesting in its own right. Now it seems like all SNL sketches get laughs like you're watching Two and a Half Men.

  • July 26, 2012, 10:36 p.m. CST

    There is an opening for laugh track comedies.

    by Chris Moody

    The only thing that can save NBC right now would be a SEINFELD, FRIENDS, COSBY SHOW (Seasons 1-4) or CHEERS type of comedy. It would have to be "modern" and "edgy," so that would probably leave out a family comedy. However, a tenth season of SEINFELD would result in immediate first place finish for NBC.

  • July 26, 2012, 10:42 p.m. CST

    Someone actually watched Community?

    by tailhook

    Its just another one of those shows with some rabbi exec head that gets it renewed while nobody actually watches the thing.

  • July 26, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    NBC needs...

    by Chris Moody

    ...another "show about nothing." SEINFELD, CHEERS, FRIENDS and other successful comedies were more about human interaction -- and the comedy from it -- than plot-driven series. You simply need a premise with a location/job/apartment where 20 or 30 somethings interact. It can be a bar, a studio, a house, an office, a school, a grocery store, a hotel, the basement, the 50s, the 60s, the 70s, the DMV, the ghetto, the suburbs, etc... Then, you need 4-8 major characters and 4-8 minor characters from a wide range of backgrounds. Of course, you need some attractive stars. Hmmm. What will be the setting of the next great show?

  • July 26, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    95% of the best sitcoms ever had 'laugh tracks'

    by Steve Rogers

    Jesus Christ, the internet's dire need to rebel against laugh tracks is ridiculous. Just because a lot of shit these days relies on laugh tracks doesn't mean they're no good. The literal best of representations of the form had laugh tracks. Both single and multi-cam. Sanford and Son. All In The Family. Cheers. Seinfeld. Friends. The Cosby Show. I Love Lucy. Dick Van Dyke. Married With Children. The Jeffersons. Good Times. The Honeymooners. Happy Days. Roseanne. Lavern and Shirley. The Fresh Prince. MASH. Mary Tyler Moore. NewsRadio. Golden Girls. Frasier. Family Ties. Three's Company. Taxi. The Andy Griffith Show. Gilligan's Island. Nightcourt. Newhart. Wings. Family Matters. WKRP. Third Rock From The Sun. Get Smart. In summation: Shut the fuck up about laugh tracks.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:16 p.m. CST

    95% of the best sitcoms ever had 'laugh tracks'

    by Steve Rogers

    Jesus Christ, the internet's dire need to rebel against laugh tracks is ridiculous. Just because a lot of shit these days relies on laugh tracks doesn't mean they're no good. The literal best of representations of the form had laugh tracks. Both single and multi-cam. Sanford and Son. All In The Family. Cheers. Seinfeld. Friends. The Cosby Show. I Love Lucy. Dick Van Dyke. Married With Children. The Jeffersons. Good Times. The Honeymooners. Happy Days. Roseanne. Lavern and Shirley. The Fresh Prince. MASH. Mary Tyler Moore. NewsRadio. Golden Girls. Frasier. Family Ties. Three's Company. Taxi. The Andy Griffith Show. Gilligan's Island. Nightcourt. Newhart. Wings. Family Matters. WKRP. Third Rock From The Sun. Get Smart. In summation: Shut the fuck up about laugh tracks.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Every sitcom used to have laughtracks.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    All of them. That means the really shitty shows had them too, so yes, of course the top tier shows had laughtracks. Almost all of them would be improved without some dumb audience members chuckling over everything that happens. Think to yourself, would Wonder Years be better with laughing machines? Would Arrested Development? What about geek-bait Firefly? It was a comedy, so it should have one too, right?

  • July 26, 2012, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Let's go back to black and white TV and deny women the right to vote.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Things were better back then. Especially that second thing. Fucking uppity bitches with their "opinions".

  • July 26, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Multi-camera, single camrea, laugh track, or no

    by xsikal

    ...I'll watch it, if it's anywhere near as good and batshit insane as Community.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    No, I don't know what a camrea is either.

    by xsikal

    Sure would love an edit button.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Just saw the Joel Mchale letterman interview

    by mistergreen

    From what he said, seems like it was all Chevy's doing but he could have been joking.

  • July 26, 2012, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Dan Harmon has earned my loyalty

    by Tigger Tales

    I watch all 3 seasons of Community, then I repeat. I love it. Can't wait to see what he does next.

  • July 27, 2012, 12:53 a.m. CST

    Big Bang Theory is multi-camera as well

    by halffrog

    ... and I wouldn't mind another show like that one.

  • July 27, 2012, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Man. That show was bad, bad, bad...

    by MaxHeadroom

    ... and not in a good way, either. No wonder it never made it to series.

  • July 27, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    steve-rogers-super-soldier

    by Chairman_Kaga

    Most of the shows you listed were filmed before a live audience (or the majority was) the most obvious of which was The Honeymooners. Live Audience =|= Laugh Track ie a seperate soundtrack of recorded laughter used in place of an audience. Live Audience- All In The Family. Dick Van Dyke. The Honeymooners. I Love Lucy. Happy Days. Lavern and Shirley. Mary Tyler Moore. Frasier. Cheers. Taxi. Friends. Seinfeld. Married With Children. Sanford and Son. The Jeffersons. Good Times. The Fresh Prince. Roseanne. The Golden Girls. The Cosby Show. NewsRadio. Family Ties. Three's Company. Nightcourt. Newhart. Wings. Family Matters. WKRP in Cincinnati. Third Rock From The Sun. Laugh Track- MASH. The Andy Griffith Show. Gilligan's Island. Get Smart.

  • July 27, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    So did Chevy Chase get him fired?

    by FrodoFraggins

  • July 27, 2012, 1:47 a.m. CST

    They should go completely fucking mentally OTT with it

    by tomdolan04

    and use it like they used to in old Scooby Doo episodes. <p> 'Daphne says 'Oh Scoob' with a disapproving frown' <p> (AUDIENCE HAS LAUGHING FIT THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT COULD CAUSE HEART FAILURE)

  • July 27, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    He'll be in good hands at Fox...

    by georgecauldron

    ...not. If there's one network worse than NBC at recognizing quality in their own programming, it's Fox.

  • July 27, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    I stopped watching Walking Dead

    by buggerbugger

    Now **there's** a series that's in dire need of a laugh track.

  • July 27, 2012, 5:43 a.m. CST

    He should have spoken to people like Joss Whedon

    by V'Shael

    Fox is the smooth talking, come over here i'll treat you right, player - that turns into a domestic abuser once you've given up the cinnemon ring to his infected cock.

  • July 27, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    not much of mastermind if he heads over to fox

    by rakesh patel

    Out of the frying pan, into the fire!

  • July 27, 2012, 5:59 a.m. CST

    Most great sitcoms had laugh tracks

    by hst666

    First, have you tried to watch many of those as an adult? Most of them are really not that funny any more. And by the way, this isn't new. People have been complaining about laugh tracks since the 60s. The biggest problem with laugh tracks is they slow the pacing of the show down. Arrested Development could never have been done the way it was with a live audience. People on here like to bash TBBT, especially when they use that clip with the laugh track [and audience sounds] removed. However, when there is an audience you have to allow time for audience reactions. Shows without laugh tracks can be much more dense with the comedy.

  • That was a great show.

  • July 27, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Chairman kaga

    by hst666

    All those live audience sitcoms used laugh tracks as well. They have too. When you're on the 5th take, the audience just doesn't have the same enthusiasm.

  • July 27, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    I hope the new show is Laser Fart

    by StevenScorsese

    Beautiful Dawn Cody needs some prime time network love. Also, Rob Schrab needs to be involved heavily. Dan Harmon may be a little abrasive, but he shits gold.

  • July 27, 2012, 8:30 a.m. CST

    I really hope....

    by Martin Hogg

    .....Season 4 of community isnt shit

  • It's those phony ones that are the worst.

  • July 27, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Laugh tracks

    by dukeroberts

    Should be abolished and left in antiquity where they belong, like slavery. Laugh tracks are something that may have seemed essential at one point, but are truly unnecessary and wrong.

  • July 27, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Community was lightning in a bottle

    by ajit maholtra

    The perfect combo of creative vision, cast, and writers. But NBC smashed that bottle. Dan Harmon might be able to catch that magic again, but it wont be easy.

  • July 28, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    even GOOD British Comedies have laugh tracks

    by DukieMichaelNamondRandy

    although it detracts from the jokes at times, there are a few contemporary brit-coms that are original and interesting and funny. Even if all the jokes don't hit their mark. Red Dwarf, the I.T. Crowd, Mr. Bean (guilty pleasure) all had laugh tracks and unique voices.

  • Remember when Community used to be a sitcom?