Is it possible to care about a show too much? If so, Dan Harmon is the guy who does it. The creator of Community sweats every detail of the show, putting his own money into completing episodes — he paid for the revamped Halloween-themed title sequence of this year's zombie episode, sprung to fly Kevin Corrigan out to play Professor Professorsen in the conspiracy-theory episode and even ponied up a cool $100,000 to complete the animated Christmas special.
As Community returns Thursday with new episodes — this week, Malcolm Jamal-Warner joins the cast for three installments as Shirley's (Yvette Nichole Brown) ex-husband, with whom she has gotten cozy anew — TV Guide Magazine chatted with Harmon about the extent of his obsession with his ratings-challenged show and its rabid cult, what American Idol joining the Thursday-at-8-p.m. fray means and what Chevy Chase could learn from a monkey...
Thursday night's NBC All-Star Party, held in conjunction with the Television Critics Association press tour, brought out a rather interesting mix of characters: A new superhero (The Cape's David Lyons), a legendary TV producer (David E. Kelley), Beverly Hills socialites (Paris and Kathy Hilton) and even an Oscar winner (Kathy Bates). But the crowded lobby of the Langham Hotel in Pasadena quickly turned into a place where old friends got a chance to catch up and new friends were made.
As soon as Parenthood's Erika Christensen spotted pals Jason Ritter (The Event) and Ryan McPartlin (Chuck) she rushed ...
Community's December 9 animated Christmas episode, in which Abed (Danny Pudi) learns the meaning of Christmas (and which featured a shout-out to TV Guide Magazine!), is a holiday miracle in itself. As overseen by 23D Films owners James Fino (who previously worked on King of the Hill) and Joe Russo (The Simpsons), the stop-motion animation was completed in four months, less than half the time it takes to produce an episode of The Simpsons.
"We needed every ounce of that time," Fino says. "It couldn't be whipped off. We had to be at the top of our games." Animators from the movies Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas also contributed their talents.
Fino and Russo offered...
Alison Brie, Community
Cheers to Community for avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump.
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The second season of NBC's under-the-radar sitcom may not be making a Big Bang in the ratings, but you can't deny it's explosively funny. The show has perfected the formula of well-chosen guest stars (Daily Show vets Rob Corddry and John Oliver, alt-comedy god Patton Oswalt, and, yes, Betty White, who's better in small doses like this week's cameo); snappy, pop-reference-rich dialogue; physical shtick from the masterful likes of Chevy Chase and Ken Jeong; and unexpected moments of M*A*S*H/Scrubs-esque sincerity.
This week's episode, "The Psychology of Letting Go," worked in meaningful ruminations on life, death and religion as Chase's Pierce refused to accept his mom's demise...
In the second-season premiere of Community, the nicely ripped Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) receives a righteous beat-down from Betty White, America's favorite octogenarian, who plays a deeply eccentric anthropology professor named Jane Bauer.
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As the scene was rehearsed July 29 in L.A., on a set where Senor Chang's Spanish class once stood, White's character ...
You know who's really kind of hard to believe? The cast of Community.
Not because they're all talented or good-looking or whatever. They are. But that's true of most people on TV. But they only seem so smart and cool because other people — dorky sweaty writers — think of great stuff for them to do.
Not so with the Community people. The Community people — and this is kind of an outrage — are also really good at coming up with great material for themselves. They proved it, yet again, at their Comic-Con panel Saturday.
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Community, NBC's college comedy, has just got the greenlight for a second season. TVGuide.com checked in with executive producer Dan Harmon to see what's ahead for the students of Greendale, how they'll explain Troy and Abed's special friendship and why the impending graduation of the cast is a tiny narrative problem.
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TVGuide.com: Congratulations on the Season 2 renewal. How does it feel?
Harmon: Thank you very much. It's very exciting. The feeling in the production offices is surprisingly normal. I guess we're so close to the finish line for the end of the season, that somehow the human brain is capable of tucking that news away while we focus on the task at hand.
TVGuide.com: Would you have planned for some sort of closure had you not heard this soon?
The ghosts of Saturday Night Live presidents past — including Will Ferrell, Dana Carvey and Dan Aykroyd — have reunited in a Funny Or Die video to encourage Congress to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
In the video, President Obama (Fred Armisen) falls asleep in the arms of the first lady (former SNL star Maya Rudolph) as he frets about the multi-million dollar lobby against the CFPA.
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This week, a lot happened on TV, but who had time to watch, what with all the shenanigans going on in late-night? Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno all used their shows to issue informal press releases on the latest machinations of the Tonight Show shuffle — to brilliant comic effect. Welcome to Top Moments: 2010 NBC Panic Edition!
Yvette Nicole Brown of NBC's Community sat down with TVGuide.com, offering a taste of hilarious off-screen antics. Brown also teases what's coming up with her character Shirley, the many relationships at the community college and who may be next to lock lips with Joel McHale.
TVGuide.com: What's the on-set reaction been to the full-season pickup for Community?
Yvette Nicole Brown: It's been amazing. Every week we're finding out that more and more people are watching. We're like, "Really? We got five more people? Awesome!" We're looking at it as a...