Published on March 2nd, 2012 | by Philip Bates
NBC to Sue Inspector Spacetime?
The show appeared on the American comedy, Community, with Doctor Who fan, Travis Richey as the titular Time Lo – uh, character. Richey enjoyed it so much he began a Kickstarter campaign to create an ongoing web series. However, NBC has issues with this ambition and on the page, Richey wrote this:
“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.”
As of the time of writing, the now-untitled campaign has raised $13,074, thanks to 378 backers, with 29 days left to raise the target of $20,000.
The 6-part series will be written by Richey and Eric Loya. You can donate here.