Danny Pudi

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  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Profession: Actor; comedian
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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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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

Community Scores Last-Minute Renewal

School's back in session at Community, which has received an 11th hour order to return for a sixth and last season via Yahoo. A sixth season of 13 episodes will be available exclusively on Yahoo Screen.

That indeed means that the show's clarion call — "Six seasons and a movie," first uttered as a joke by Abed (Danny Pudi) in a Season 2 episode — is that much closer to ...read more

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Dan Harmon: I'm "Eh" About Resurrecting Community

Just days after NBC canceled Community, creator Dan Harmon says he isn't quite sure if he'd like to resurrect the cult series elsewhere.

In a lengthy blog post, Harmon writes that when he received the news on Friday and was told by Sony TV, which produced the show, that there was actually discussion of it moving elsewhere.

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As Community Contemplates a Season 6 Renewal, Talk of a Movie Grows

Will "six seasons and a movie" come to fruition? As NBC mulls the fate of the Greendale gang, the Community clarion call — first uttered as a joke by Abed (Danny Pudi) in a Season 2 episode — may be moving closer to reality.

According to insiders, at least one director has already been considered to helm the inevitable Community feature: Justin Lin, who directed the last four movies in the Fast & Furious franchise. Lin has also directed several episodes of Community.

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Exclusive Community Sneak Peek: Abed's in Love!

Apparently, popcorn and Rick and Morty are the foundations of a good relationship, because one month after their initial meeting, Community's Abed (Danny Pudi) and Coat Check Girl (Brie Larson) are still going strong! (Cool, cool, cool.)

In exclusive preview of Thursday's episode below, the couple celebrates their first anniversary in the most Abed-way possible.

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Thursday Review: Rake, a Community Farewell, Vampire Turns 100

Fox enjoyed eight seasons of great success with House, a high-concept medical procedural about an incorrigible, deeply flawed medical genius. I'm not sure I could make it through eight episodes (I've seen two so far) of Louse — also known as Rake (Thursday, 9/8c) — which must have been pitched to Fox, via the series' Australian roots, as "House in a courtroom," a high-concept legal dramedy about an incorrigible, deeply flawed law maverick.

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Community's Alison Brie Teases "Epic" Farewell to Troy

Even though we knew it was coming, last week's Community dropped a major bomb on viewers: Troy (Donald Glover) was leaving Greendale to sail Pierce's boat around the world in order to get millions of dollars (and become a man, or whatever).

"I thought that the writer's did a really great job of working it into the script in a really interesting and still very sentimental way," Alison Brie tells TVGuide.com of Glover's decision to exit the series. And according to the actress, who plays Annie on the NBC comedy, Thursday's episode will act as an "amazing farewell" to Troy.

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