Last week, fans of "Community" were shocked when series creator, Dan Harmon was replaced by incoming showrunners, David Guarascio and Moses Port at the behest of Sony Pictures Television. Harmon had some choice words about the subject almost immediately afterwards, but both Sony and NBC have seemingly tried to downplay Harmon's dismissal.
The Hollywood Reporter has obtained a leaked memo from Sony that was sent to the cast of "Community" that offers helpful tips and talking points about what happened to Harmon and how to address the future of the series. The leaked memo is reprinted below in its entirety.
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 wereglad 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 reshift 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.
The Hollywood Reporter also had a roundup of reactions from the cast members pulled from their respective twitter accounts.
@danharmon you are a true genius, You gave me the role of a lifetime & three of the best years of my life.”
Yvette Nicole Brown
@danharmon So many thoughts. So little room. I guess, ‘I heart you’ and ‘Thank you to INFINITY’ will have to do for now. #Community #Love”
"I'm in creative debt to @danharmon who let us ride the coattails of his integrity, pushing boundaries & making f'ing awesome tv. Thanks Dan."
“I owe the last 3 amazing years 2 Dan Harmon's brain. Bless ur dementedly awesome brain, @danharmon. U r #Community.”
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