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‘Community’ Writer Leaves for ‘Modern Family’: Is the Show Cancelled?

Community Season 4 Megan Ganz Leaving
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Community‘ has been through enough strife in the last year, between series creator Dan Harmon’s dismissal from the series, Chevy Chase’s rants and ultimate exit, and most recently the premiere delay from October to February, additional years with the Greendale gang beyond season 4 seem almost impossible. Now, favored writer Megan Ganz is poised to depart the series as well, but does it spell the end for ‘Community?’ Is there no hope of a fifth season? Answers inside!

Immediately following the dismissal of ‘Community’ creator and show-runner Dan Harmon, fans took comfort in the fact that series writer Megan Ganz would in fact remain for the fourth season, responsible for such classics as “Basic Lupine Urology” and the “Documentary Filmmaking” episodes. Now, it seems the troubled NBC series has been dealt another blow, as Ganz has decided to leave ‘Community’ for a post on ABC’s Emmy-gobblerModern Family.’

Ganz explained the matter herself over Reddit, assuring fans that her departure needn’t necessarily impact future season of ‘Community’:

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. 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.

While we eagerly await the ‘Community’ season 4 premiere on Thursday, February 7, our outlook for a fifth season grows ever dimmer. Godspeed, Megan Ganz, and may your career be ever streets ahead.

Well, what say you? Could ‘Community’ still return for a fifth season, even without Megan Ganz? What are you most looking forward to from the new season?

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