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...
Malcolm Jamal Warner on Community
Community fans have long understood that Shirley's ex-husband, Andre, is a womanizing jerk. So what to make of the fact that he's actually a friendly guy — and played by the actor who portrayed lovable Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show? ...
Earmuff your horses. Cloris Leachman is checking into the hospital at the heart of HawthoRNe, TNT's new medical drama premiering Tuesday, June 16, and starring Jada Pinkett Smith and Michael Vartan.
Apparently still enjoying some heat from her recent Dancing with the Stars run, Leachman will play Mrs. Lachman (heh), a cantankerous patient who terrorizes the nurses — Pinkett Smith's Chief Nurse Christina Hawthorne included — by, for example, throwing perfectly good Jell-O at them.
Speaking of Jell-O ... former Cosby kid ...