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‘Dumb Starbucks’ Makes Venti Media Waves

DumbStarbucksLogoWhatever the nature of the bizarre coffee shop that opened Friday at 1802 Hillhurst Avenue in Los Angeles’ Los Feliz district, it’s brewing up – two days later – some very impressive east coast coverage. Following an initial report by LA public radio station KPCC, the “Dumb Starbucks” has today been written up at Gawker, Forbes and The Wall Street Journal. With no doubt more such coverage to come before the java-jig is up.

From Luke O’Neil‘s Gawker dispatch:

The odds are that this is some sort of dumb viral marketing stunt or other, and the fact that Dan Harmon of Community and Rainn Wilson were among some of the first to post about it on social media suggests a dumb TV show angle. Further casting suspicion are the dumb store’s dumb disclaimers on their dumb FAQ, where they qualify themselves as a work of parody art in order to circumvent the very, very likely trademark infringement suit they could be subject to.

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Dan Harmon Talks About His Community Exit

Pretty great interview with showrunner Dan Harmon on Attack of the Show, talking about his forced exit from Community. Plenty of NBC bashing, but no mention of Chevy Chase. Interviewer Marc Maron did get this gem out of Harmon, however, talking about what he’s got in mind for his next job: “My idea is to have less ideas. I want to be successful in television.”

Member of Showrunner Community Offers Their Take on Dan Harmon Firing

Every once in a while, The Hollywood Reporter publishes an essay about a topical TV-film industry issue written by an anonymous show business insider. The latest such missive, appearing in the June 1 print issue and online today, is one of the best yet.

Right off the bat, the unnamed TV showrunner-author writes that although Community’s Dan Harmon (pictured) had a reputation for being “difficult,” they can neither personally confirm nor, for that matter, be surprised if the characterization is indeed accurate:

Because – and here’s the dirty secret of television – there are plenty of showrunners who are difficult. Some are even truly Machiavellian, hated and feared by all. But as long as their shows are hits, no one would ever think about replacing them.

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Dan Harmon Sounds Off on Being Fired from Community

The Hollywood media was abuzz this weekend over the news that Dan Harmon was being replaced as showrunner of NBC’s Community. Not that the TV execs wanted it that way when they announced the news on Friday evening after most reporters had gone home.

But Harmon’s not the sort of fellow to go quietly. Via Tumblr, he swiftly responded to the network spin with his typical frankness.

On the news he will remain on the show as a consulting producer:

I am technically “signed on,” by default, to be an executive consulting something or other – which is a relatively standard protective clause for a creator in my position.  Guys like me can’t actually just be shot and left in a ditch by Skynet, we’re still allowed to have a title on the things we create and “help out,” like, I guess sharpening pencils and stuff.

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Celebuzz Has More Chevy Chase Audio*

Star magazine and Radar Online reporter Dylan Howard* has dropped another Chevy Chase bombshell this morning. It’s a second audio recording of Community’s famous senior citizen, complaining via telephone to show creator Dan Harmon about the direction of several episodes.

From a media perspective, what’s most unusual about this one is that it can be found on a website not named TMZ. Celebuzz, part of the kinder, gentler BUZZMEDIA empire, normally does not get into this sort of territory:

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Youthful Reporter Tunes In Channel 101

Talk about a meeting of new paradigms. Today’s NPR.com interview piece about the evolution of LA video shorts collective Channel 101 was put together not by a public radio veteran but rather one Noah Nelson, a reporter with Oakland based online news service TurnStyle.

Channel 101 is a nearly ten-year-old, voter-driven screening series that was sparked by the gift of a Sony Handycam from Ben Stiller to founders Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, who have respectively gone on to success with the TV shows Community and Parks & Recreation. TurnStyle is a youthful news organization launched in January and guided with help from some savvy industry veterans. Reporter Nelson eventually gets to the critical component of Channel 101, the idea that the collective’s many layers of rejection are a perfect prelude to dealing with the vagaries of Hollywood:

That’s the secret sauce of Channel 101; anything goes and it’s OK to fall flat on your face because the rest of the comedy nerds and film freaks in the not-quite-secret club will be waiting for you afterward, ready to see what you cook up next.

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