A year after originally developing a comedy pilot starring The Office alum Craig Robinson, NBC has picked up a new version of the show. The Peacock Network has given a six-episode order to Mr. Robinson, starring the comedian as a musician who winds up taking a job as a middle school music teacher.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't watched the Season 5 premiere of Community yet, do not read any further.
The return of Community executive producer Dan Harmon to the series he created — and then was fired from — was a shock enough. But fans of the show were in for another surprise Thursday night, as another exiled Community member made a brief return:
Jonathan Banks, Joel McHale
NBC couldn't kill Community, even if it tried — and it definitely tried. But lengthy hiatuses and unusual scheduling (including Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes airing last spring) wouldn't destroy it. A controversial decision to replace creator Dan Harmon as showrunner last season couldn't slay it. Even all that Twitter chatter about "six seasons and a movie" didn't jinx it.
"Community is like a Twinkie," says Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley, perhaps the sweetest of the community-college study-group members who form the show's heart. "The shelf life of this show has defied odds."
The Aquabats! Super Show
Can the Aquabats save Christmas? On Saturday's special holiday episode of ]The Hub Network's The Aquabats! Super Show, the band shows up in a small, strange town where Christmas ...
Chang the Halls! In preparation for next month's return of Community, the show's producers came up with "Miracle on Jeff's Street," an animated holiday-themed short that TV Guide Magazine has been given first crack at unleashing on the Internet.
In the cartoon, Jeff Winger...
WGN America is shedding its "superstation" skin and getting into the original scripted series business this spring with the period drama Salem.
The hour-long series, set in 17th century Massachusetts, explores the infamous Salem witch trials. In a twist, witches are real in Salem, and there's a dark, supernatural truth behind them.
Brannon Braga (24, Star Trek: The Next Generation) created, executive produced and wrote Salem, along with Adam Simon (The Haunting in Connecticut). The show stars Janet Montgomery (Made in Jersey), Shane West (Nikita), Seth Gabel (Fringe), Ashley Madekew (Revenge), Xander Berkeley (The Mentalist), Tamzin Merchant (Jane Eyre) and Elise Eberle (The Astronaut Farmer).
West plays John Alden, a "tough, pragmatic, wry-humored" war veteran who returns to Salem after spending a decade on the battlefield and being held in captivity at the hands of the Indians. John finds his hometown gripped in witch-hunt frenzy, led by Cotton Mather (Gabel). John also has a history with Mary Sibley (Montgomery), but is the subject of advances by Anne Hale (Merchant), a fearless artist who becomes Mary's enemy.
In television, it pays to have faith — and Mark Burnett has enough to spare. Burnett's devotion to his shows has led to a string of hits, an enviable track record that makes him TV Guide Magazine's Producer of the Year. In 2013, his successes included ...
Scandal star Kerry Washington was on stage at Saturday Night Live performing her monologue as the host of the Nov. 2 episode when it hit her: She was in the middle of an unforgettable moment. "To make those jokes about my character ..."
The morning show wars may soon be heading to Lifetime. The cable network is looking at adapting Top of the Morning, based on the book of the same name by former New York Times reporter Brian Stelter, into a two-hour TV movie.
The book follows the cutthroat world of morning TV, where ABC's Good Morning America has recently surged while NBC's Today has stumbles in the wake of several missteps — in particular, the messy departure of co-anchor Ann Curry. Also likely to be addressed: GMA anchor Robin Roberts' battle with cancer and triumphant return to the show.
My Little Pony Yule Log
The TV yule log has become an unlikely holiday hit across the country every Christmas morning, as TV stations crank up the holiday tunes and keep their cameras trained on a crackling fireplace for hours on end. This year, The Hub Network is enlisting its cult-fave cartoon, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, to put a twist on the tradition.