Five things we learned from 'Community' writers and Joel McHale on Reddit

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Ladies and gents, it’s finally “October 19,” and Community is back on the air tonight. In honor of the new season, the cast and crew took to Reddit last night and this morning in an “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) chat that unearthed some secrets from the set.

1. NBC initially halted production on the the “Dungeons & Dragons” episode.

“Thankfully, Dan [Harmon] rejected their rejection,” Community writer Megan Ganz explained.

2. There is a sex tape!

Ganz said is always surprised that fans find the easter eggs so fast. But running jokes, like the Beetlejuice gag, are favorites of fans and the writers alike. Also, remember how Abed had a camera set up in his college dorm, which caught Britta stealing a Kickpuncher DVD once? Does that mean that since Jeff and Britta had sex in his room that Abed has a tape of it?

“We have discussed this in the writers’ room, actually. The general consensus was: Definitely,” Ganz said.

3. There were too many ideas to pack into the show.

Writer Maggie Bandur told fans about a bit that was cut — Troy and Abet filled an inflatable couch with helium so it could float back up to the ceiling when they weren’t sitting on it. There was a matching ottoman that flew out the window at the end of the scene.

4. Community is still Community.

“No,” McHale joked. “It is now Game of Thrones.”

“Thankfully there were some writers from the beginning to help guide for all the new people. I haven’t seen any of the eps but I know some must be good because the scripts were great,” McHale said referencing Harmon leaving the show.

5. Communies are a rare breed of superfan.

“The fans of Community are the best in the world,” McHale wrote to the Reddit fans. “I truly think the way you support the show is unique. The passion is incredible. My gratitude is bursting.”

“I can’t get enough of this,” Community writer Tim Saccardo said on Reddit. “I constantly try to remind myself that having such a crazy passionate fan base is a special and potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that may never happen again.”

Let’s hope not. #sixseasonsandamovie

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