After creator Dan Harmon was unceremoniously dismissed from his role as showrunner at the end of Season 3, Community‘s loyal fans feared its departure would plunge the show into what Abed Nadir would surely call “the darkest timeline.” But despite our concerns, we hold out hope that the new showrunners and their stable of writers are able to make the best of this worst possible role of the dice. This week, we celebrated Halloween on Valentine’s Day with “Paranormal Parentage” — and it wasn’t nearly as awkward as it could have been. … Read More
After creator Dan Harmon was unceremoniously dismissed from his role as showrunner at the end of Season 3, Community‘s loyal fans feared its departure would plunge the show into what Abed Nadir would surely call “the darkest timeline.” But despite our concerns, we hold out hope that the new showrunners and their stable of writers are able to make the best of this worst possible role of the dice. In our first “Darkest Timeline Update,” we evaluate the Hunger Games-themed Community Season 4 premiere, “History 101.” … Read More
At last, it’s February 7th (or, if you prefer, October 19th). You know what that means — Community is back for its fourth season, folks! We’ve already made 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation cocktails, so now it’s time to celebrate our long-awaited return to Greendale with a batch of Community drinks. After the jump, you’ll find everything from an Annie’s Boobs-themed alcoholic beverage to the Reading Rainbow concoction your childhood never wanted. Check ’em out, then whip up your favorite for tonight’s episode. … Read More
With the Community Season 4 premiere less than 24 hours away, expectations — and fears — are running high. Between the worrisome news of iconoclastic showrunner Dan Harmon’s sudden departure and surprisingly rapturous early reports about the season premiere, fans are hungry for every bit of reassurance we can get that the show’s in good hands. Presumably to allay those concerns, Community‘s current writing staff faced Reddit last night for an AMA. Below, find the biggest revelations from that Q&A. … Read More
After months of delays, cancellation scares, and false starts, the fourth season of NBC’s cult hit Community finally premieres this Thursday. The relentlessly meta comedy helped to alleviate fans’ fears following some high-profile staff changes and pushed already sky-high expectations even further when it released a Hunger Games-style trailer earlier this week. While the clip was clearly aimed at pleasing hardcore fans — Dean Pelton as Effie Trinket was a welcome return to cross-dressing form — it didn’t give much away in terms of what we can expect from the season ahead. So, in the spirit of Annie’s over-preparedness and Abed’s encyclopedic pop culture knowledge, we’ve compiled everything we know so far (including some minor spoilers) about what’s next for the Greendale gang. … Read More
When Go On – NBC’s new sitcom about a community of misfits – aired its pilot this season, it brought comparisons with, well, Community. Todd VanDerWerff and Alyssa Rosenberg were two of many TV writers who noted the similarity from the start. Go On and Community involve ensemble casts, and both ensembles contain a mishmash of outsiders. Where Community had a community college study group, Go On featured a therapy group (that meets, it seems, at some sort of community center). These two comedies play on outsiders that never really fit in, until now. They’re not so odd when brought together, as we come to discover. Together, they even one another out. Go On and Community are predominantly character-driven sitcoms, asking viewers to care about the communities they portray, and prompting viewers, even, to join them.
Now ten episodes in, Go On has been doing relatively well this season (it’s certainly faring better than NBC’s Guys with Kids). It’s been picked up for a full 22-episode season, and while it hasn’t retained the 16-something million viewers that tuned in for its pilot, it still consistently bats a better average than NBC’s other Tuesday-night sitcom, The New Normal. Hovering just above six million viewers per episode, Go On is still reaching about two million more than its so-called predecessor Community. So, could Go On be the next Community? It doesn’t look like it. But it could be, in a sense, the more popular (populist?) Community. … Read More
1. Last night Stephen Colbert gleefully kicked off his week-long celebration of The Hobbit by interviewing Gandalf himself. Watch Sir Ian McKellen get trounced in a vicious game Tolkien trivia, and later admit that “Gandalf is more powerful than Magneto,” in
You see, NBC? You see what happens when you deprive Community fans of the Greendale 7 for too long? They take matters into their own hands. Splitsider reports that the show’s fandom has entered the upper echelons of geekdom by launching its very own convention. The first-ever CommuniCon will take place… Read More
1. In case you’re curious, TVLine has the scoop on how Community writers plan to handle Chevy Chase’s departure from the show — including how they might work Pierce into the episodes that haven’t been shot yet.
2. Presented sans commentary: the woman who Lindsay Lohan punched in the eye was a psychic.… Read More
Hollywood has its share of actors who have regretted accepting roles that were embarrassing, but how bad do things have to get for a star to bad-mouth a project? What about an entire television series? We saw that happen yesterday when Two and a Half Men star Angus T. Jones closed one chapter in his life to start a new one. It seems that Jones has found God, which means he wants nothing to do with the “filth” that is the Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn-created sitcom. Even though Jones became the highest paid child star in television several years ago, he wants to get out of his $350,000 an episode contract so he can “walk with God.” We share more about his kerfuffle with the series after the break, and feature other TV actors who bad-mouthed their own shows. Tell us what names you’d add to the list in the comments section. … Read More