Chris L. McKenna

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First Look: Community's Paget Brewster and Keith David on Their New Roles

When Season 6 of Community debuts on Yahoo! Screen next year, the comedy will be without Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) and Jonathan Banks (Professor Hickey). (She left to take care of her ailing father; he is committed to AMC's Better Call Saul.) As he worked to fill the cast openings, executive producer Dan Harmon was inspired by how another sitcom handled its own transitions. "I looked at Cheers losing Coach and going to Woody as the example of thinking laterally," he says. "The real job is how to fill the [character] vacuum, rather than replace the person."

To embody the moral center held by Shirley, Harmon and...read more

Exclusive: Community Hires Two New Series Regulars

Two new Human Beings are on their way to Greendale. Paget Brewster and Keith David will join Community full time as the comedy enters Season 6 and moves to its new home on Yahoo! Screen.

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Exclusive: Yvette Nicole Brown Departs Community

Shirley, Community fans are going to be disappointed with this news. But alas, it's true: Yvette Nicole Brown is departing the fan favorite comedy after five seasons.

Brown — who has played Shirley Bennett since the 2009 launch of Community — confirms to TV Guide Magazine that she has asked to be released from her contract for personal reasons. Sony Pictures TV and executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna have honored her request.

The actress says the change was necessary in order to take care of her ailing father. "My dad needs daily care and he needs me," Brown says. "The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn't do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad."

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American Dad Panel Scoops
Seth MacFarlane and Cast On Joining the Show
American Dad Panel at Comic-Con
Santa vs. Jesus

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Credits

Year Title Description
2008 Igor Movie, Actor - Killiseum Fan
2008 Igor Movie, Writer
2006 Art School Confidential Movie, Actor - Mikey
2001 Cement Movie, Actor - Rookie Highway Cop
2000 Opposite Sex TV Show Series, Actor - Rob Perry

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Inside the Last-Minute Scramble to Save Community

"Six seasons and a movie" almost didn't happen. As June drew to a close, time was running out to save Community, which NBC had canceled in May. Talks to move the comedy to streaming service Hulu were falling apart, the deal options to keep the show's cast intact expired at the end of the month, and much of the crew and key writers had already moved on to new jobs. Even the comedy's offices on the studio lot had been taken over by a new series: Grace and Frankie, Netflix's upcoming sitcom starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

"When a show is canceled, it's usually canceled," says Sony Pictures Television programming president Zack Van Amburg, whose company produces Community. read more

Emmy Watch: Canceled Shows Still Have Their Eye on the Prize

With executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna back at the helm, critics and fans agreed that Community regained its mojo this past season. Considering the major arc for star Joel McHale, big guest turns by stars like Jonathan Banks and John Oliver, and an emotional farewell to star Donald Glover, it's reasonable to expect the show to be an Emmy contender in several key comedy categories, including Outstanding Writing.

There's just one pesky problem... read more

Exclusive Video: Community Gets Animated For the Holidays

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.

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Donald Glover Not Returning Full-Time to Community

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... read more

Exclusive: Fox Negotiates for New Comedy From Community's Dan Harmon

Community creator Dan Harmon could be making his way back to primetime, via a new comedy project at Fox.

The network, which has been aggressively expanding its live-action comedy slate (including a Tuesday night sitcom block this fall) is close to making a deal with Harmon to write a pilot for the network. Details on the show are sketchy, other than it would likely be a multi-camera comedy (as opposed to single-camera, which is how Community is shot).

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