Fans of Community are understandably wary about the fifth season, given the fairly hollow simulacra that aired last spring. But with the return of creator Dan Harmon, the show has regained the sense of deliberate chaos and freewheeling playfulness that originally earned it such a devoted (and vocal) fan base.
For Harmon's unprecedented return, you can thank none other than Joel McHale, who played a crucial role in NBC bringing back the controversial showrunner. Comparing Harmon to Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) and Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development), both of whom are guest-starring this season, McHale preached the benefits of letting a series be dictated by a singular vision. "There was some really good stuff last year, but it did not....
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."
What will Abed do?!
Donald Glover, who plays Abed's BFF Troy Barnes on Community, will not be returning full-time for the comedy's upcoming fifth season, Vulture reports.
According to the site, Glover's reps have made a...
Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm
Kristen Wiig back on Saturday Night Live? Sooo many possibilities.
Good news, human beings! NBC has renewed Community for a fifth season, the network announced Friday.
The cult favorite comedy was on the bubble once again after its fourth season — its first without creator and...
As a twentysomething liberal arts grad, it's pretty much a pre-requisite to love post-modernism. The more meta something is, the better. So needless to say, I've been a huge fan of Community since the beginning (my massive crush on Donald Glover might have helped a little too). But then somewhere in the middle of Season 3, I felt my passion waning. When I first tried to share my concerns, fellow fans shunned me, acting as though I wasn't smart or hip enough to get it.
Then Dan Harmon was fired.
Justin Timberlake returned to Saturday Night Live this week, but he wasn't the only familiar face making a comeback. The show also featured cameos from Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Tom Hanks, Dan Aykroyd, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase, Martin Short, recently departed cast member Andy Samberg, and Bill Hader's "Weekend Update" character, Stefon. Here are some of the best moments from the show:
Community cast at Paley Festival
Six seasons and a movie. That's Community's rallying cry, hashtag and goal, but for now it's only a reality in Abed's Dreamatorium.
But even if the NBC comedy were to end after its current fourth season, star Yvette Nicole Brown isn't mourning. "Four years is great! We made it to syndication, we got to meet all of you guys," she told fans at Tuesday's Paley Festival honoring Community. "As an actor, it's hard to have friends -- who are more talented than you, more beautiful than you or whatever -- that aren't working ... We're in the gravy years of our careers and the gravy years of this show. So if we get to continue another year, it would be an awesome blessing... but remember that whatever happens in May ... we did it together and that's a great thing."
Nothing says Halloween more than Valentine's Day and daddy issues, right? Well, maybe not, but Community has never been one to conform. On Thursday's episode "Paranormal Parentage," the latest addition to the show's beloved lineage of Halloween episodes, the study group ventures to their scariest locale yet — Hawthorne Manor. So to paraphrase Jeff, what in the Scooby-Doo happened...
With the Greendale Seven entering senior year, the future of the study group is as ambiguous as Dean Pelton's sexuality. In fact, even the Community cast can't agree regarding the gang's future!