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Creator ousted on NBC’s ‘Community’

Updated: July 1, 2012 12:50PM

NBC’s “Community” will return this fall for its fourth season without the producer who created it.

Dan Harmon wrote on his blog that the sitcom’s studio replaced him as the day-to-day boss.

NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt had alluded to the situation at a press conference last week, saying, “I expect Dan’s voice to be part of this show.”

But Harmon disputed that, insisting he has never spoken to Greenblatt and wasn’t interested in taking a job with little power.

“I’m not saying you can’t make a good version of ‘Community’ without me,” Harmon wrote, “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.”

wrote that NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said. He added that Harmon returning to the show is not related to the producer’s recent behind-the-scenes spats with series star Chevy Chase, but tied it to “larger issues that have to do with a lot of things,” most likely Harmon’s contract with Sony, which produces “Community” for NBC.

has not signed on for the show’s upcoming fourth season.

“Smash” debuted to strong reviews in February, but drew more tepid critical reactions as the season wore on. Greenblatt said incoming “Smash” executive producer Joshua Safran (“Gossip Girl”) will concentrate on the show’s plots.

“He’s a really great storyteller, especially in areas of arced storylines for characters, and I think that’s where ‘Smash’ will improve,” Greenblatt said. The show is expected to produce between 16 and 18 episodes for its second season that will run without interruption when it begins at midseason.

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