Last week, The Hollywood Reporter obtained a leaked memo that NBC distributed to the cast and crew of Community, its perennial underdog that had just undergone a huge shakeup with the firing of creator and showrunner Dan Harmon. The “talking points” memo instructed everyone involved on how to comment on the changes to the show without incurring too much backlash from the media. Their marching orders include playing “I’m a dumb actor who doesn’t know about network” decisions when asked about why Harmon was let go, and talking up new showrunner team David Guarascio and Moses Port:
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.
What the memo likely didn’t prepare them for was the possibility that someone would create a fake Twitter account for Guarascio and Port and start tweeting all these vicious jokes about how they were going to ruin season 4. Here are just a few of the tweets they’ve sent out in the past few days:
What’s interesting is that after the news that Harmon had been replaced, Alison Brie, Joel McHale, and other cast members took to Twitter to express their support… without defying NBC, of course. So I’m curious to see what their reactions are to this fake account; on the one hand, it is funny, but it’s also still a very tender situation for everyone involved.
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