Used car dealerships have been justly famous for their fast talk and unsophisticated advertising, but their greatest salesmen were once genuine marvels of our culture. Part carnival barker, part magician, part traffic accident: the sincerest practitioners of this art inspired wonder and dark admiration as they daily transformed intelligent people into gullible customers, plopping them (almost without protest) behind the wheels of "one hundred percent guaranteed pre-owned vehicles," and going on to run up the price with a succession of worthless guarantees. Sadly, this marketplace, in which used-car salesmen once bartered with ferocity and cunning, daily diminishes under the pressures of the internet, where customers can go and find the exact car they want, in the exact color, and from the exact year, with an exact price. These dealerships, one successful owner mourns, are becoming less like bazars and more like parking lots, way stations for inventory absent any human connection. The next generation of used car salesmen will have a different character from their predecessors.
And that takes us to the theme we explore in our next episode...
Regina King and Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Regina King have parted ways after two years of dating, Us Weekly reports.
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
The Help, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis
After sweeping the Screen Actors Guild awards in January, The Help came out triumphant once again at the 43rd annual NAACP Image Awards on Friday.
The Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who are both nominated for Oscars, took home awards for...
Yvette Nicole Brown, Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Is Community's Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) going to give her ex-husband another shot?
Fall Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows
Former Cosby Show kid Malcolm-Jamal Warner will reprise his role as Shirley's ex Andre in an upcoming Season 3 episode, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. And when he does, he'll have only one thing on his mind: walking down the aisle with Shirley a second time....
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...
Michael J. Fox, Michael Weithorn and Meredith Baxter
Last year, Kate Jackson refused to join her fellow Charlie's Angels at the TV Land Awards' tribute to Farrah Fawcett. But this year's ceremony — airing April 17 and reuniting the casts of Family Ties, The Facts of Life, The Cosby Show and Welcome Back, Kotter — is shaping up ...
Before Greendale's favorite study group engages in paintball warfare for the two-part May 12 finale, they'll have a few more adventures, ranging from a birthday to a birth. The cast and crew of Community dished to TVGuide.com what else to expect for the remainder of the season.
Your episode-by-episode guide of what's to come:
Inside the Actors Studio (Monday, 7/6c, Bravo)
Even in those moments when it succumbs to fawning self-parody, there's something about James Lipton's craft/career-focused Q&A's that I find irresistibly endearing. (May have something to do with my nostalgia for what Bravo was like before all of those heinous Real Housewives took over the network.) This week, this marginalized show — notice how it airs outside prime-time parameters — welcomes its first-ever graduate from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University. Said successful alum being Bradley Cooper, beloved by TV fans for his work on Alias but now busy with a film career including The Hangover, Wedding Crashers and the new Limitless opposite Robert De Niro.
Cheers to Community bringing Malcolm-Jamal Warner home to Thursdays at 8 on NBC.
Want more Cheers & Jeers? Subscribe to TV Guide Magazine now!