'Community' producers won't 'screw up' 4th season

July 13, 2012 - 3:38 PM
Comic Con

In this publicity photo provided by Sony Pictures Television, actor, Joel McHale, is shown in a scene from "Community - Introduction to Finality." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Lewis Jacobs)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Despite a shake-up in the administration, the cast and crew of "Community" assured fans at Comic-Con that the show isn't changing.

Friday morning's "Community" panel at the pop-culture convention was the first opportunity for the NBC comedy's cast and crew to address fans since the show's creator, Dan Harmon, was replaced as show runner by new executive producers David Guarascio and Moses Port.

Port told the crowd that the cult comedy about a wacky community college study group would continue to be a "weird, wonderful gem."

"We are fans of the show first and observed it from afar," said Port, who previously worked with Guarascio on ABC's "Happy Endings."

"We're not gonna screw it up," added Guarascio.

"Community" cast members Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi and Yvette Nicole Brown were on hand for the panel, while their colleagues Donald Glover, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase were not.

Earlier this year a clash between Chase and Harmon became public when Harmon released voicemails from the actor. Chase said in one message that "Community" was a "mediocre sitcom" that was "not my kind of comedy."

Harmon later apologized on his Tumblr page for sharing the voicemails.

About 5,000 con-goers packed into a San Diego Convention Center ballroom for Friday's panel.

"We may not win Emmys or even be nominated for them, but we win every fan poll, and that is because of you guys," Jacobs beamed to the crowd.

The writers and producers teased that the upcoming fourth season would see the study group venturing into the zany mansion of Chase's Pierce and to a convention for "Inspector Space Time," the show's beloved "Doctor Who" parody. Port also said "Community" would again feature "a little inventive animation."

The ratings-challenged show is moving to Fridays when the fourth season premieres Oct. 19.

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AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang is tweeting from Comic-Con at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.