Dan Harmon & Chris McKenna Close Their ‘Community’ Season 5 Deals

The contracts are finished and two “Community’ veterans are coming home to Greendale.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

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A few weeks ago, word broke that “Community” creator Dan Harmon and former “Community” writer/producer, Chris McKenna were asked to return to the series for its upcoming fifth season on NBC. And after some coy responses on twitter, Harmon confirmed that the rumors were true, but he added that his contract hadn’t been finalized.

Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that both Harmon and McKenna have signed deals for “Community” Season 5. The new “Community” writing staff should be in place shortly.

During a recent interview with E!, Harmon indicated that he hadn’t seen the fourth season of “Community,” but he did say that he won’t simply negate the stories that were produced without him.

"I am going to watch [the fourth season] I think when I get back on Sunday,” related Harmon. “ I'm just going to sit by myself, pop some popcorn and watch it. I'm not going to be a jerk about it. I know there were some great writers working on that show who bled with me for seasons one, two and three…the worst thing I can do is fart in their direction at all."

"At the same time, I'm going to look at this thing and I don't think it would be very 'Community' of me to negate anything," added Harmon. "Season three was weird, season two was weird, season one was weird; they're all weird. So if season four was weird in a different way, season's five job is to reveal that all four of those weird things add up to some weird hip-hop dance that when you put it on a loop, you go, 'Oh, I get it!'"

“Community” Season 5 is not on NBC’s Fall 2013 schedule, but it is expected to return at midseason in 2014 for 13 episodes.