As we reported last month, Travis Richey, the man who plays Inspector Spacetime on Community, is in the process of developing a webseries based on the parody character. However, it seems that NBC wasn’t having it. From Richey’s Kickstarter page:
Lawyers from Sony and NBC have contacted me demanding that I cease production on an Inspector Spacetime web series.
Though I firmly believe the law would be on my side in producing this parody, I have no wish or ability to fight a show that I love as much as “Community.” I had hoped that they would embrace what is essentially a fan film and appreciate the value it adds to the character, and the audience that we would bring who are finding “Community” for the first time through this character, but alas, that’s not the case. So, I will be removing all references to Inspector Spacetime from this series (it only happened in the title anyway), and altering the appearance of the Inspector so that he does not look like Inspector Spacetime. What remains is 100% the creation of myself, my writing partner, and you, the fans.
If you would still be interesting in seeing the series that would have been Inspector Spacetime, I appreciate your support.
Anyone else find it amusing that NBC is trying to stop a webseries based on a premise it lifted from the BBC?
At any rate, the series is being altered under the working title “Untitled Webseries About a Space Traveler Who Can Also Travel Through Time” (we think it should become the official title), and you can still donate to the project via their Kickstarter page.
(via Topless Robot)