“I think to people who work above me, I’m a liability that isn’t worth the benefit,” Harmon said on Tuesday’s (July 10) “Attack of the Show” on G4. “It’s a low-rated show. It isn’t generating much revenue.”
Harmon chats with comedian and podcaster Marc Maron about “Community,” the nature of broadcast TV and what he’d like to do next. Maron asks if Harmon was ever frustrated that “Community” got hammered in the ratings by “American Idol,” to which Harmon replies, “Why does the robot get to eat the people? The thought never crossed my mind, Marc.
“I aspire to mainstream success,” Harmon continues. “Television is a populist, derivative, democratic medium. You’re supposed to make a hamburger everyone wants in their mouth. That’s when you know you’re doing it well. I grew up on [Robert] Zemeckis, [Steven] Spielberg — people who believed that making things for everyone didn’t have to mean it was stupid.”
And does Harmon think “Community” was that hamburger? “Sadly enough, yes,” he says. “… I think in the third season you can see me start to go, ‘Never mind. Just give me a good review in the Times.'”
Harmon cites shows like “All in the Family,” “Taxi” and “Cheers” as some of his TV inspirations, and he says he’d like to try something in that vein for his next TV project: “And possibly multi-camera, just to prove that it’s not cancer,” he says. “It doesn’t have to be. TV, in all of its ugliness, can be a beautiful thing if you’re proud of it.”
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