But that happiness comes at a price, according to Harmon. “It’s actually horrible, because Chris [McKenna, executive producer] and I are finally just in charge,” he explained. “There’s nobody above us, and there’s nobody even on the side of us that’s doing a bad job of helping, or anything. Everything that we complained about for five years is finally solved. And now it’s just us, and we’re just falling apart.”
“We have so much rope, there’s just nooses all over the place,” McKenna laughed.
The main freedom allowed by their new “network,” it seems, really just falls into the realm of being a little bit weirder. “In the smaller moments, where someone’s just having a crazy rant, that rant gets to live a little longer,” Brie explained. “Things can be as weird as you always wanted them to be.”
“There’s a moment in particular that reminds me of,” Harmon agreed, “where Britta references Jeff being hoisted by his own petard, but something in the way she uses it makes Jeff go, ‘What do you think hoisted by your own petard means?’ And her answer is three pages long… If it was on NBC, you’d get two commercials during that explanation.”
The other big difference, according to both Harmon and the cast, is the degree to which their new broadcaster seems interested in such novel concepts as promotion. “We were like, ‘No one’s ever had a plan for us, no one’s ever spent money on us,’” joked Gillian Jacobs, aping their wide-eyed wonder. Harmon concurred: “It’s like the scene in the movie where the orphan sits down to the potato soup…”
When the panel went to the audience for questions, the inevitable query was posed — now that they’ve achieved the first half of the fan rallying cry/hashtag #SixSeasonsAndAMovie, well, will there be a movie?
“Yahoo seems down for just about anything,” Harmon shrugged. “They have purple beer there at their campus, their name has an exclamation mark in it, I don’t know why they’d turn their nose up at a movie of a low-rated show. They seem to be very naïve!”
Community premieres Tuesday on Yahoo!
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