Community just cannot catch a break. First showrunner Dan Harmon gets fired. Then it’s the subject of a showtime shuffle that leaves its fans wondering if season four will ever actually premiere. (As of now it’s February 7th. I’ll believe it when I see it.) Then Chevy Chase quits. (Though that could be considered a bright spot, depending on who you talk to.) And now one of its star writers, Megan Ganz, has left to write for Modern Family.
Ganz was the writer behind some of the show’s best episodes (though it’s hard to pick “best episodes” when most of them are so. damn. good.): Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking (the one with the guest appearance by LeVar Burton—”You can’t disappoint a picture!”), Cooperative Calligraphy (the bottle episode with Annie’s missing pen), Documentary Filmmaking: Redux (the one with the Greendale commercial and Jeff Winger as Dean Pelton), and Basic Lupine Urology (the Law & Order episode). Two of the episodes in the show’s upcoming fourth season were written by her as well.
In a post on Reddit, Ganz said:
For the last three years, the sum total of my contribution to this planet (in terms of effort, passion, and things I let myself go soft and pimply for) could be described as follows: Community. Recently, I was offered a job writing for Modern Family, and although it’s unclear what will happen with Community for the fifth season (or the sixth season, or the movie), I’ve decided to take this new position. Tomorrow is my first day and I’m excited and scared to start this new… well, everything. I’m sure the coffee will probably be the same.
This isn’t the end of me and Greendale. Community was my world for four seasons and my job for three, and has hold of my whole heart like a bad-news high school boyfriend. I’ll never really get away. The chemistry is too perfect and the writing room couches aren’t really that uncomfortable to sleep on and I just can’t stop writing for Britta. Plus I still have to do my editing pass on the finale. I think I left a box in my office, too. [Writer/producer Andy] Bobrow probably misses me. Better stop by on my way home.
I guess what I’m saying is, it took me a really long time to write this to you guys, and it’s not even that good. Pretty sappy, no punchlines, kind of vague about my future with the show, too little excitement about the new gig, etc. Okay, so not my best work. Maybe I’ll take it down and not say goodbye just yet. I just need a little more time.
About three hours longer than it took Duncan to think up this assignment.
Good for her, getting the Modern Family gig. I don’t watch the show, but it’s got to be more stable a job than Community at least.
Doesn’t mean my whole brain isn’t crying, though.