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Community fans should be happy that the quirky NBC comedy is finally back. But there are changes, thanks to David Guarascio and Moses Port, the new showrunners who are taking over for creator Dan Harmon.
Harmon was infamously fired by NBC and producer Sony Pictures TV following the show’s low-rated third season and a public spat with Chevy Chase, who has also quit the show. The network had planned to start the show’s fourth season in October, but continued to push it back. Now that 30 Rock is over, the show is airing tonight at 8 p.m.
“Dan's not there and that's obviously a big loss for the show,” Guarascio told Rolling Stone. “But our goal is the same as the goal's been from the beginning – to keep making this brand of television and answer to our creative muses and no one else. We're not coming here to change the tone of the show or the attitude of the show or the soul of the show.”
Even if they hope to keep the show similar to what it was like under Harmon, they might be trying too hard, based on early reviews. HitFix called the early episodes felt as if “everyone is trying much too hard to recapture some lightning that flowed out of the bottle when Harmon left.”
The New York Times notes that some of Harmon’s style did survive, but notes that some of the characters just aren’t as funny as they were. “The new show is also louder (Mr. Harmon’s version was surprisingly quiet for a sitcom) and visually blander, with a heavy reliance on close-ups,” the Times noted.
Still, it’s safe to say that fans of Community will still probably tune in tonight to see how different their favorite show is. You can check out the trailer below: