To recount the numerous behind-the-scenes problems that have plagued the forthcoming fourth season of NBC's comedy series Community would probably be a waste of time: the story has been told and retold hundreds of times. Chevy Chase, insufferable diva that he apparently is, managed to anger not only former Community showrunner Dan Harmon, but also his fellow cast members (specifically Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown) through a variety of rather childish antics. It was announced on Wednesday, to the surprise of few, that Chase has finally departed from the series.
That leaves the hardcore fans of the series wondering, "Now what?"
Sure, Chase's Pierce character was starting to become a little one-note and, apparently, even more of a racist, bigoted caricature than before. His absence probably will have reverberations throughout the end of season 4, though; you can't just remove a key element of a comedic ensemble and expect it not to wobble a bit.
Some have suggested bringing in resident Greendale old fart Leonard as the group's replacement pensioner. The open main character slot left by Chase's departure could really be filled by any member of the show's rogue's gallery of a supporting cast, for that matter. It might feel like a cobbled-together, square-peg-round-hole kind of deal, but Community can retain its group dynamic just by adding in a new group member.
But you can rely on the internet to bring you better ideas.
On Wednesday, my Twitter feed delivered to me this jewel of an idea:
This kind of genius idea is the stuff for which Twitter was made. It's perhaps one of the more brilliant rebounds that could possibly be concocted for this scenario: swapping Chase in for another 1980s comedy actor of the same (or perhaps higher) caliber would certainly give us a new, relevant reason to appreciate Abed's meta sensibilities. Considering the amount of goodwill that the public appears to bear for Murray (he does, after all, appear to be an amazingly nice guy, unlike Chase), it could also serve as a fantastic publicity stunt that could pump the ratings back up for the series -- and maybe pump in a few creative storyline opportunities as well. I can't also can't imagine a timeline in which Murray wouldn't at least be at least interested -- especially if Community does end with season 4 (meaning minimal commitment).
The way I see it, it's a win-win-win-win-win situation. How do you see it?
Community's fourth season will premiere February 7, 2013.