‘Community’ Cast Memo Leaked: How To Handle Creator Firing

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Following the firing of Community creator Darn Harmon as showrunner on the series, Sony Pictures Television (the studio that produces the show), sent out a memo to the cast about how to handle any Harmon-related questions that may arise. Unfortunately for Sony, the memo has been leaked.

Titled “Community Message Points,” the memo, released by The Hollywood Reporter, presents four general questions relating to Harmon’s departure, with appropriate guidelines for a response. Apparently, everyone is either “excited” or “looking forward” to starting Community season 4. (Though one should ask, just to be sure).

While not exactly putting the situation in a positive light, a memo of this type is to be expected, and potentially welcomed, from everyone involved in the series. Certainly not conveying everyone’s true feelings, the simple fact is that actors will need to talk to the press – and they have to say something.

Obviously not wanting to relish on the unfortunate event that occurred, having some form of guidelines on how best to handle the situation is far more helpful to everyone involved – including the series. Additionally, the memo specifically says that some of the actors said that “they’d like some guidance on the topic.”

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That being said, its release will certainly make any upcoming interviews much more interesting. With most fans knowing the guidelines that Sony provided the cast, one has to wonder if they’ll continue to stick to the “script.”

Ultimately, we are excited for Community season 4 – just like Sony told the cast that they should say they are. So instead of focusing on a decision that cannot be changed, let’s focus on something else:

… like getting Community off of Friday nights, following Whitney.

You can read the complete memo below:

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 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.


Community season 4 premieres Fall 2012 on NBC.

Follow Anthony on Twitter @anthonyocasio

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

(Thanks to DrSamBeckett for the tip!)

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  1. This is horrible. Dan Harmon is the reason that show is so amazing. I don’t know if I can watch it now.

    • this might cheer you up, comes from dans wiki ” On May 18, 2012, it was announced that Harmon would no longer be the showrunner and executive producer of Community, but would remain on the show as a consultant. “

  2. I said it last week and I’ll say it again, NBC has Britta’d this show in so many ways.
    As much as I love the show they should have just let it go. If NBC thought the ratings were bad before moving it to Friday is the worst possible move. I’m 37 so I’m home on Friday nights so I’ll be watching but the target 18-34 demo won’t be. And using Whitney as a lead in is just ridiculous. The 2 shows couldn’t be any more different and I have to assume that anyone who finds Whitney funny isn’t going to get Community. But then again I don’t know who would find Whitney funny in the 1st place.
    I heard a while back that Comedy Central was going to run Community in syndication so how much more money can 13 episodes bring? It’s still not going to reach the ideal 100 episode mark so why drag it out to let it die a slower death?
    NBC had a great Thursday lineup when they ran Community, Parks & Rec, The Office and 30 Rock together. They should have promoted it correctly and stuck with it for more than a month.
    Now it’s just a big big mess. I used to hope for #sixseasonsandamovie now I just hope the last 13 episodes are watchable…

  3. We’re living in the darkest timeline now…

    • Haha!!
      It seems like we are.

    • We truly are…

    • No. Wrong. We live in a timeline where we got three amazing seasons of Community. We’re pale-grey-ish timeline at worst.

    • I keep wondering if this is some kind of horrid Ultimate universe split.

    • This timeline crap that Abed spits out is just one of the reasons why people stopped watching the show.

      • actually, they gained more viewers this season.

        • The BEST joke that I’ve heard in years… gained viewers… good one mate.

        • TV shows ALWAYS gain viewers for the season finale but Community hit the series low. Let that sink in for a second.

  4. I’ve already started growing a goatee….
    I don’t even know anymore; sad day.

  5. This hurts me soo much

  6. Does anyone know if they looking forward to working on the new season of Community?

  7. I wonder how much of this did Chevy Chase had to do with it, there was allot of friction going on between them…

    • Though it didn’t really help the situation, both Greenblatt and Harmon have said that Harmon’s complications with Chevy weren’t one of the main reasons why he was fired.

    • I honestly don’t think this had anything to do with Chevy’s incident, and Jim Rash has also stated this. I can’t help but think of this incident much like Michael Bay and Megan Fox on Transformers in some way. Sure it doesn’t help Dan’s case, but Chevy isn’t easy to work with either.

  8. It’s not Community coming to a close that makes me the saddest:

    It’s the fact that you know damn well that NBC is going to replace it with some totally lame-ass show.


  9. Anyone who interviews people involved with the show should ask them the same questions, verbatim. :)

  10. This is odd to me getting another season because the finale of 3 kind of wrapped things up except Annie and Jeff getting together finally. I do like what they hinted at with Chang joining City College and I kind of hope they do one more paintball ep just so Abed can talk about how hard it is to end a trilogy, but it should be the first episode of the season if they do it imo.

  11. This is turning into a bigger mess.

  12. I’m actually very optimistic about the upcoming season. Dan Harmon has gotten too big of a head and the way he has acted recently on twitter and with Chevy’s family should be grounds for firing. He simply forgot that everybody is expendable in Hollywood.

  13. Why does NBC want this show to fail? The Dan Harmon situation is terrible. Regardless of the Chevy incident, anyone being fired from their creation isn’t a good situation. I’m glad to see they are handling the fallout from that so well and I’m looking forward to the 13 episodes of season 4.

    But to hear that NBC is pairing Community with Whitney?!?!? Seriously? First, let’s put it up against the Big Bang Theory and see how much the ratings go down….now, let’s pair it with the worst sitcom on our network and see how much further the ratings go down. Is Community some sort of scientific study on how a network should treat a cult-favorite sitcom in order to witness the cultural ramifications of pissing off fans in this social networking age? I hope so, or this network has some issues.

    • I’m reminded of Ren & Stimpy when the creator, John Kricfalusi was fired by Nickelodeon, the show just wasn’t the same. 15 years later Spike brought the show back, with the original team, but it wasn’t relevant anymore.
      …And wasnt Whitney cancelled? She is about as unfunny as Tom Arnold. The only good thing to come from her was 2 broke girls (one of the raunchiest shows i’ve ever seen on network tv)
      NBC used to be King of Thursday nights, with past shows like Cheers, Night Court, Friends, etc, and they got close to recreating it with last seasons lineup until they canned community for a bit. it’s like someone said above, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

  14. Yep, I’m out. Once the show is cancelled after season four, I may check out what they’ve done to the show out of morbid curiosity (simply because the cast is of such high quality), but I have absolutely no interest in condoning what Sony has done by giving them ratings.