What the Community cast have been told to tell people about why Dan Harmon was fired

PR is a big part of the television world and it’s always amusing when you get to see the nuts and bolts of it. NBC recently fired Community‘s showrunner, Dan Harmon. As is usual in such matters, they issued a memo about it, with one in particular addressed to the cast so they know what to say in public about the matter.

Entertainingly, the memo has leaked and everyone can see the kind of “robot speak” certain corporate PR people expect human beings to use. Don’t they ever read this kind of thing out loud to themselves? Maybe they do and that’s how they talk. A lot of them do, you know…

Remember: quirky actors are being asked to say these things to placate an intelligent audience.

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.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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