Can a show recover from the loss of its creator?
Community fans have been left reeling by the firing of the show's creator Dan Harmon. But is there any hope for the cult sitcom, or do shows inevitably decline when their creators depart?
The news that Dan Harmon, creator of cult sitcom Community, had been fired last week caused shockwaves. Programmes lose their writers and producers all the time – but few are as important to the show as Harmon. Just as it's hard to imagine Mad Men without Matthew Weiner or The Sopranos missing David Chase, so it seems as though NBC and Sony – respectively the network and production company behind the show – have failed to understand that Harmon's idiosyncratic brain is central to Community's success.
The obscure references were all his, along with the format risks and multiple timelines: Community was adored by its fans because of Harmon's vision. Its difficult to imagine that the unfortunate David Guarascio and Moses Port,
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