Community Controversy Rumbles On

There’s something a bit Big Brother about this memo – posted by The Hollywood Reporter – from Community bosses to the cast, advising them how to handle the sticky topic of Dan Harmon’s sacking (not their choice of word). Especially the bit where it says, “We're tracking the coverage and conversation and will circle back if we feel the need to re-shift our plan or messaging.” Well if you’re tracking this, there’s little hope that, “the news will lose some steam over the next day” you’re not going to thank The Hollywood Reporter (but the rest of us do…)

Anyway, here goes…

“Team Community:

With last night's news of David Guarascio and Moses Port as new showrunners/EPs on "Community" running in the press, and since we know that cast members have interviews coming up this week, I wanted to forward some messaging we hope our cast will find helpful as they navigate questions that will undoubtedly come up. I know that David and Moses are reaching out to them all directly but I've also heard from some of the actors that they'd like some guidance on the topic.

I saw some of the tweets that went out and were glad they all addressed their own sentiments quickly, and we're hoping that the news will lose some steam over the next day, especially if we're not perpetuating the topic in any way

We're tracking the coverage and conversation and will circle back if we feel the need to re-shift our plan or messaging. Please let me know if you have questions.

Why did Dan get let go from the show?

We're not made aware of why staffing changes take place but I will always be grateful to Dan for his great work on the show and wish him only the best. We're also excited that we'll be back on NBC's schedule in the fall and are looking forward to working on those episodes.

Were you aware that Dan was going to be let go?

No, that's not something we're consulted on. I'm sad to see him go but I am looking forward to starting our next 13 episodes of "Community."

Did the studio or network consult with you about these changes?

No they didn't but we're looking forward to working with David Guarascio & Moses Port on a new season of Community.

What are their plans for the new season?

It's a little early to say at this point but we're looking forward the stories our characters will find themselves in come Sept.”

It’s going to be fun reading the cast interviews over the next few weeks to see who plays ball and who ignores the memo. It’s all beginning to sound like a bit like a plot from the show. Is this Dan Harmon’s greatest meta-episode yet?

Expect a “need to re-shift” their “messaging” imminently.