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Published on March 2nd, 2012 | by Philip Bates

NBC to Sue Inspector Spacetime?

Just what is Inspector Spacetime?Inspector Spacetime is a low-budget sci-fi show about an ancient alien who travels through time and space in a bigger-on-the-inside phone box, which is nearly fifty years old. Sound familiar?

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.

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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.




4 Responses to NBC to Sue Inspector Spacetime?

  1. avatar Frank says:

    What am I missing? What does NBC and Sony have to do with this?

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Inspector Spacetime first appeared on NBC’s Community.


  2. Hey, thanks for the article, I really appreciate it.
    Although, Inspectators would be upset if I didn’t point out that THe Inspector’s B.O.O.T.H. is not necessarily bigger on the inside. It is always just a tad too small for however many people are inside. :-))
    ~Trav

    • avatar Philip Bates says:

      Oops, sorry!

      Good luck with the campaign. :)

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