Yvette Nicole Brown, Malcolm Jamal Warner
Watch out, Subway! Shirley is going into the sandwich-making business.
When Community returns Thursday (8/7c, NBC), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) is taking the plunge... twice! Not only is she going to remarry Andre (Malcolm Jamal-Warner) but she's also going to put into practice those entrepreneurial skills she learned in the hallowed halls of Greendale. With Pierce (Chevy Chase) as a backer and the dean (Jim Rash) as the liaison, how could she fail?
Community boss "confident" about Season 4 renewal
"We're feeling pretty confident," executive producer Russ Krasnoff said Saturday at the PaleyFest panel for Community about a possible fourth-season renewal for the NBC comedy. "Look, it's because of the people who love our show and the fact that they were so upset when it went away... [Also,] the people at NBC love the show."
Love doesn't necessarily translate to airtime, however. The cult-favorite sitcom went on an indefinite hiatus in early December, a move that did not bode well for the show's future. Only last month did NBC announce that Community would return on Thursday, March 15 at 8/7c to continue its third season.
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When moderator Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com asked star Gillian Jacobs how she liked having her character Britta become synonymous for being the worst at everything, she joked, "It's so great because I feel that sort of hit right before the show got pulled. So NBC 'Britta'd' it. We gave our fans such a great...
It has scarcely been the best week on Community's set. On November 14, NBC announced its January schedule, and the acclaimed cult comedy about the eccentric members of a community-college study group whose outsize, genre-bending adventures frequently boggle the mind was missing in action.
Joel McHale, Community
"We're gonna have more fun and be less weird than the first two years combined!"
So sings — yes, sings — the Greendale Community College study group as NBC's Community kicks off its third season.
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The flashy opening number speaks to creator Dan Harmon's plan for the third season, which he says won't be as stunt-episode heavy as the self-referential comedy has been in the past.
"I don't want to disappoint any more of the more hyperactive savvy fans that love nothing more than the fact that the show is completely unpredictable," Harmon first told TVGuide.com at the end of Season 2. "I have to continue a promise to the audience to always engage them in every part of their brain that love television. But at the same time I've got to get my mom more comfortable with the show."
But doesn't an elaborate song-and-dance routine fly in the face of that?
Michael Weatherly, Joshua Jackson, Christopher Meloni
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Please tell me E.J. Barrett's NCIS return will be short-lived. I need Tiva! — Hanna
ADAM: Let's let Michael Weatherly offer his take. "There's a new wrinkle in [Tony and E.J.'s] relationship, and I would say it is somewhat troubling," he says. "I think Tony questions a lot of things about her, and I don't think there's any going back to their initial blinky-blinky, lovey-dovey plot." But before your little 'shipper heart explodes, that doesn't necessarily guarantee loads of Tony-Ziva goodness. "Tony ultimately has to lean on himself. He has to figure some of his own stuff out," Weatherly says. "That might make him more able down the road to approach a relationship with Ziva."
Will Fringe go back to the future this season? —Barry
NATALIE: Yes, but it won't be the same future we saw in the finale. "The future that we saw in 2026...
Danny Pudi and Gillian Jacobs
"Can I get a 'pop pop'?" TV Guide Magazine's L.A. Bureau Chief Michael Schneider, who moderated the Community panel, asked a crowd of 2,000 fans before the cast hit the stage at Comic-Con. The audience channeled their inner Magnitude and obliged enthusiastically, setting the tone of fan love for the rest of the hour-long session. The entire cast — minus Alison Brie, who was unavailable due to a filming conflict — ran on stage to deafening cheers, with the loudest being reserved for Donald Glover and Joel McHale. But the surprise cast member of the hour was Annie's Boobs, Greendale's resident monkey, who delivered the Community Season 2 DVD to creator Dan Harmon. "I don't know what she's doing, but I think she's pooping," said Harmon after the skit....
Community creator Dan Harmon will once again join his cast for a panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, but we just couldn't wait that long. So, we phoned Harmon to see what he's got up his sleeve for Season 3, and boy, did he spill the goods. Britta's choosing a major! Shirley will redefine herself. And despite the cliff-hanger of Season 2, it sounds like our study group may grow closer than ever this season (or at least certain members of it will). Plus: Harmon teases the group's new biology teacher and an "epic" hero's journey for Troy...
It's that time of the year again: Emmy season! Over the next two weeks, Emmy voters will be checking off names and shows they think are worthy of getting a nomination come July 14. We here at TVGuide.com have a few picks in mind ourselves. First up: our dream ballot for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy:
Community creator Dan Harmon knew doing another paintball episode would invite criticism and inevitable comparisons to Season 1's "Modern Warfare." And that's exactly why he did it.
"It was the thing we weren't supposed to do," Harmon tells TVGuide.com. "But I followed my usual instincts, to do the thing you're really not supposed to do, and tried as hard as I can to make it work. Because, although I fail plenty, the only time I succeed is when I'm doing that. When I try to do an impression of the way other people are supposed to do things, I usually fall on my face."
Cheers to Josh Holloway for shooting — and scoring big laughs on Community.
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Sawyer was always Lost's funniest character, rivaled only by Hurley, and Holloway brought his dry wit and penchant for nicknames to NBC's genius collegiate comedy as the Man with No Name (other than Black Rider) in a Spaghetti Western-themed sequel to last year's paintball shoot-'em-up. "He's really good-looking — like, network-TV good-looking," observed Danny Pudi's Abed in one of the script's many sly asides...