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'Community' Recap: 'Basic Crisis Room Decorum'

March 25th, 2015 7:20am EDT
The Audacity of Hope

In its earlier seasons, “Community” distinguished itself among typical sitcoms with its determined focus on character development. The study group was various forms of broken, and Greendale was positioned as a place for them to work out their issues and become better people. The show followed through on this determination in a way that was deeply satisfying.

Six seasons in, “Community” is still concerned about allowing its characters to grow, but it is also intent on emphasizing what works best, and that can mean maintaining the status quo. “Basic Crisis Room Deco...

'Community' Makes It's Yahoo Premiere

March 18th, 2015 10:32am EDT
“Community” season premieres have usually made sure to cover what has happened behind-the-scenes since we last visited Greendale. In Season 4’s “History 101” and Season 5’s “Repilot,” that meant winkingly commenting on all the personnel changes that had occurred. With an actual cancellation and a subsequent move to online streaming, “Community” would now seemingly have the most to say about its recent transitions leading up to the Season 6 premiere. But “Ladders” pretty much jumped right in exactly where Season 5 left off. An exact time frame was not specified, but with this episode ope...

Ranking The Best 'Community' Character Episodes

March 16th, 2015 8:06pm EDT
What Are The Best Episodes For Each 'Community' Character?
“Community” returns for a sixth season, its first on Yahoo! Screen, on Tuesday, March 17. As this new age begins, it is an opportune time to look back on the best of the NBC era. Lists of the best “Community” episodes have been made by other publications, but this approach will be a little more specific. Herein are rankings of the best episodes for each individual character.

“Community” focuses on character arcs much more than the average sitcom. Thus, most of these choices are particularly exemplary instances of the growth and development of these Greendale human beings. But while “C...

5 TV Shows That Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead - And 3 That Left Us Wanting More

July 6th, 2014 10:00am EDT
5 TV Shows That Should Have Quit While They Were Ahead - And 3 T
The upcoming revival of NBC’s hit series, Community, headed by Joel McHale and Alison Brie makes room for a discussion of what the right time to call it quits for a TV show should be. The question should always be: is there still an audience for this, and has the premise of the show run its course?

There have been several shows in the last 20 years that have towed this line perfectly and ended the show while it was still on top. The hit series Friends from 1994-2004 is one of the perfect examples of this as the characters had all aged to a point that the show was no longer what it starte...

Yahoo! Screen Saves 'Community' With 13-Episode Sixth Season Pickup

July 1st, 2014 12:13am EDT
Cult favorite sitcom Community has been given new life a month after it was canceled by NBC, landing a sixth season pickup from Yahoo! Screen.

Following network execs' decision not to renew the show, which stars Joel McHale, Ken Jeong and Alison Brie, production company Sony Pictures Television shopped the show around to the likes of Hulu and Comedy Central.

Yahoo! Screen ordered a 13 episode sixth season in the nick of time, as the cast's contracts were set to expire on June 30, the day the deal was announced by Yahoo!

Dan Harmon, the show's creator, will return as executive producer.


'Community' Done For Good? Hulu Drops Out Of Season 6 Deal

June 24th, 2014 6:01pm EDT
Fan favorite Community is running out of places to go with a possible sixth season – Hulu has dropped out of negotiations to stream its final season.

Last month, The Hollywood Reporter said Sony Pictures Television was working hard to get the Dan Harmon comedy a sixth season. "We, more than any other studios, fight for shows that we believe in. This show had a remarkable history. There are real conversations we need to have with everyone as soon as we get back,” co-president Jamie Erlicht said at the time.

With Community being one of Hulu's most-watched television series, it appeared to b...

'Community' Creator, Stars React To Show's Cancellation

May 10th, 2014 9:34am EDT
'Community' Creator, Stars React To Show's Cancellation
After five seasons and low ratings, NBC canceled "Community," a move that broke the hearts of many fans who hoped the network would greenlight one final season to wrap things up.

The show was set at a local junior college and featured a host of quirky characters, including a disbarred lawyer and Christian single mother. Creator Dan Harmon thanked his colleagues and fans for being part of the show.

Twitter isn't big enough to hold my condolences and more importantly my gratitude to the best fans, cast and crew in TV history. Excelsior.

— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) May 9, 2014

E! "The So...

NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Community,' ABC Renews Three

May 9th, 2014 4:04pm EDT
NBC Cancels 'Revolution' and 'Community,' ABC Renews Three
NBC has cancelled Revolution after two seasons. Revolution was a bubble series for a while, and its prospects just kept getting worse. There was a rumor that NBC would order an abbreviated final season, but ultimately NBC passed on the show altogether.

In other news, NBC has cancelled Community, which is surprising after most people thought it would get a final season order from NBC. Community has one of the most devoted fanbases of any TV show, and there has been talks of reviving Community on a Netflix/Hulu type basis. Now that NBC has released the show, hopefully we will hear word of of...

'Community': The Best And Worst Of 'Cooperative Polygraphy'

January 17th, 2014 10:51am EST
Here are a few of the top moments from last night’s episode of Community, as well as some that completely missed the mark:

Best: Walton Goggins

Walton Goggins, currently giving a weekly stunning performance on Justified, is one of my favorite actors, but he’s not better known for his comedic chops. He usually plays really dark characters, from a bad cop on The Shield to a sexually abused transsexual on Sons of Anarchy. Putting him on Community is definitely casting against type.

Goggin’s character, Mr. Stone, joins the group in the study room after Pierce’s funeral to administer a polygr...

'Community': The Best And Worst Of 'Basic Intergluteal Numismatics'

January 10th, 2014 9:44am EST
Best: A Perfect Parody

Community has always been known for its deep love of parody and satire, but in the past few years it had been overdone. Parodies from the 3rd season on felt forced. Abed was always around to make a dozen references and other characters changed their personas completely to fit into the scenario. In this episode, they avoid all of those parody pitfalls.

“Basic Intergluteal Numismatics” is a take off on the dark detective shows that are so popular these days, including The Killing, Hannibal, The Bridge, and the upcoming True Detective. Annie, who last week came back to...

'Community' Returns: The Best And Worst Parts Of 'Repilot' And 'Introduction To Teaching'

January 3rd, 2014 8:32am EST
To many hardcore Community fans, season four was a disaster. It was a shadow of its former self, like a low budget, foreign remake where the characters vaguely resemble the originals and the jokes are mostly retreads and callbacks to when the show was funny. Showrunner Dan Harmon even compared the forth season, which went on without him, to watching his family being raped on the beach (Basically, confirming that Dan Harmon is the worst ever).

Many people regained hope for the show when Harmon resigned to be the showrunner. However, the problems that community had did not begin and end with...

Joel McHale And Jim Rash Reveal Details For Season 5 Of 'Community'

December 21st, 2013 11:35am EST
We are less than 2 weeks away from the season premiere of “Community” and boy is everyone pumped. When I say everyone, I mean the cast and fans. After what was a very upsetting season 4, fans are thrilled to hear that changes are coming. Joel McHale and Jim Rash are even more excited to be back and with new jokes, new characters and new storylines. In the midst of their busy promoting schedule, Starpulse had the opportunity to get some exclusive details about the series and what the fans can look out for.

Up first, we have the return of Dan Harmon and his comedic writing back at full force...

'Community's' Yvette Nicole Brown Talks 'Dog Days Of Summer'

August 17th, 2013 12:14pm EDT
The hilarious Yvette Nicole Brown is this year's star helping The Hub launch Dog Days of Summer, a week of canine-themed programs for the whole family. Yvette, who voices the character of Cookie on the network's Pound Puppies, took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with BFTV about cartoons, pets, and of course, Community.

"It's a week long celebration on The Hub network where they play dog-themed movies and then we have our Pound Puppies marathon," explained Yvette, who takes over from co-star Alanna Ubach, who helped celebrate the campaign in 2012. "We also give you an update on ...

'Mad Men' Star Alison Brie Loves Sex, Money And Her Second Grade Teacher

April 16th, 2013 9:05pm EDT
Alison Brie
Actress Alison Brie, who does double-duty starring on AMC's hit series Mad Men and on NBC's Community, shows her sexy curves in the May 2013 issue of Esquire magazine.

The 30-year-old actress shared a long list of the things she loves with the magazine, from sex to her second grade teacher, Mrs. Carlson.

Alison, whose real last name is Schermerhorn, says she loves her surname, but can't stand it when people don't pronounce it correctly.

"[T]he mispronunciation of it is like nails on a chalkboard," she says. "It starts S-c-h, so everybody pronounces it as if it were Shermerhorn. But it sh...

'Community' Review: 'History 101'

February 9th, 2013 9:45am EST
Community Cast
Community's fourth season premiered Thursday night, four months after its initial premiere date in the middle of October. NBC sent it to the Friday Night death slot as a lead-in to Grimm, which is as bad a mix as chocolate syrup on a piece of cheese. NBC's since gone crazy and delayed Grimm until next month after promising its return for late January. The delayed premiere for Community didn't bother me like it would have when Dan Harmon ran the show. There it is: the Dan Harmon of it all. The television business can be a nasty place. Show runners get replaced, the show goes on. Show runners...

Chevy Chase Quits 'Community'

November 23rd, 2012 10:30am EST
Chevy Chase Community
Following months of drama on and off set, Chevy Chase quit NBC comedy "Community."

The actor, who has played millionaire Pierce Hawthorne since the show's first season in 2009, and producers have agreed to the mutual split effective immediately.

Earlier this year, Chase, 69, left an angry voicemail for show creator Dan Harmon, which was posted online. The two had verbally attacked each other at a wrap show party, and Harmon later apologized for going public with the the tape.

The actor old called his decision to front the show "a big mistake", adding he only agreed to continue with the s...

2012 Television Premiere Dates

September 8th, 2012 9:45am EDT
The Voice
It's that time of year again. Television fans have appointments with their couches as the fall season kicks off this month with tons of returning favorites and new shows. DVRs will be working overtime as viewers record their must-see-TV programs and talk about them later at the watercooler.

Check out the premiere dates of the new season (brand new shows are indicated with italics and by *). All times are eastern unless otherwise indicated.

Monday, September 10
The Voice 8 p.m. NBC

Tuesday, September 11
Go On 9 p.m. NBC *
The New Normal 9:30 p.m. NBC *
Parenthood 10 p.m. NBC

Wednesday, ...

'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Named The Greatest Cult TV Series

July 27th, 2012 9:17am EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Fans just can't get enough of vampires. Today it's "Twilight," but not too long ago it was "Buffy The Vampire Slayer," which tops a new magazine list of the 25 Best Cult TV Shows from the past 25 years.

The Joss Whedon-helmed series ran for 144 episodes between March 1997 and May 2003, and is number one on Entertainment Weekly's new poll. The show was a mixture of drama, comedy, romance, action, and horror.

"Buffy" centered on the exploits of its titular vampire slayer, a mystical "Chosen One" living in Sunnydale, Calif., an idyllic small town situated atop the mouth to hell. Buffy (Sarah...

Once Almost Cancelled, NBC's 'Community' Leads Critics' Choice Award Nominations

June 5th, 2012 2:59pm EDT
There was a time not too long ago when NBC's Community was in jeopardy of being canceled after the network put the comedy on "midseason hiatus" with no definite return date last November. To the delight of many fans, the show eventually received a return date and now it's leading the way at the upcoming Critics' Choice Television Awards after landing six nominations.

The show will compete against Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory and New Girl for Best Comedy Series, while its stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs have all earned nods in the comedy acting ...

Alison Brie Jogged Naked Around Her College Campus

May 25th, 2012 8:14am EDT
Alison Brie
Community star Alison Brie tested her liberal college's optional clothing policy by jogging around campus wearing nothing but running shoes.

The actress attended California Institute of the Arts and was thrilled by the college's public nudity policy - and often tested it.

Brie says, "I would use it more for comedy purposes... Every now and then I would just throw on my tennies (tennis shoes) and, like, take a jaunt... to exercise my rights.

"If my roommate was having a bad day and I wanted to make her laugh to feel better, I would sort of pretend I was gonna take a shower and then I w...

'Two And A Half Men' Moving To Thursday Nights

May 17th, 2012 10:35am EDT
Two and a Half Men
CBS had announced that Two and a Half Men won't be returning to Monday nights this fall, and will instead be airing after The Big Bang Theory on Thursday nights to create a comedy block.

Big Bang Theory has mostly failed as a lead-in to other shows on the network (How to be a Gentlemen, Rules of Engagement and Rob all sputtered after the hit comedy). Surprise hit 2 Broke Girls will be moved to Monday to take up the vacated timeslot.

The move could possibly bring 2 and a Half Men higher ratings, as it will no longer compete with ESPN's Monday Night Football in the fall. However, it will ...

NBC Hopes More Comedies, Expanded 'Voice' Will Help Turn Around The Network

May 14th, 2012 9:35am EDT
Matthew Perry Go On
Yesterday NBC announced its 2012-13 primetime schedule, which includes several new comedies and a few more dramas.

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, explained, "We've taken a few first steps toward a turnaround over this past season and now we're seeing a real opportunity to accelerate that process. We've got a lineup of new shows that will really get people to sit up and take notice.

"And with the Olympics coming this summer and two nights of 'The Voice' in the fall, we've also got the tools we need to give our shows the kind of launch they deserve."

Highlights include a...

'30 Rock' To End After Next Season

May 11th, 2012 11:45am EDT
30 Rock
Tina Fey's hit comedy 30 Rock will come to an end after one more season.

The series has been a critical smash since it first aired in 2006, and has won a string of Emmys and Golden Globe awards.

It was reported Fey's co-star Alec Baldwin was leaving the hit show earlier this year, but bosses at NBC have confirmed the main cast will all return for a seventh and final run.

The move comes amid falling ratings for the show, which has attracted star cameos from Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Matt Damon and environment campaigner Al Gore.

When asked by a fan on Twitter.c...

'Bridesmaids' Dominate The 2012 Comedy Awards

April 30th, 2012 8:33am EDT
The stars of hit movie Bridesmaids were the toast of The Comedy Awards in New York City over the weekend as the film landed four of the night's top trophies.

Melissa McCarthy, who won an Oscar nomination for her part in the movie, scooped Best Performance by an Actress during the Comedy Central prize giving at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday night.

The actress' co-star Kristen Wiig shared the Best Comedy Screenplay prize with her co-writer Annie Mumolo, and the pair drew laughs from the audience by pretending to wrestle for the trophy on stage.

Paul Feig won Best Com...

Joel McHale Hopes Chevy Chase Drama Will Help Get 'Community' Renewed

April 13th, 2012 8:35am EDT
"Community" star Joel McHale hopes the public war of words between his co-star Chevy Chase and show creator Dan Harmon will lead to a spike in ratings for the show because the series has yet to get picked up for a fourth season.

Chase famously lashed out against Harmon during a expletive-laden voicemail earlier this month, calling the scriptwriter an a**hole and an alcoholic. The message went viral after Harmon aired the clip at a Los Angeles comedy club.

The pair has continued to hurl insults at one another, with the writer confessing he should not have gone public with the audio.

But M...

'Community' Writer Regrets Releasing Angry Chevy Chase Voicemail

April 4th, 2012 8:54am EDT
Dan Harmon
Comedy writer Dan Harmon has apologized to Chevy Chase for going public with a foul-mouthed voicemail the funnyman left for him.

The creator of Chase's comedy show "Community" played the tape for an audience of at a Los Angeles comedy club, revealing, "I was airing my dirty laundry for a chuckle."

In the voicemail, Chase took aim at Harmon, insisting the show is suffering due to his "bad writing."

The star and the writer have reportedly been locked in a bitter feud on and off the set ever since the comedy premiered in 2009, and Chase finally snapped when the writer allegedly led the cast...

Chevy Chase Blasts 'Community' Creator With Profanity-Filled Voice Mail

April 2nd, 2012 9:36pm EDT
Chevy Chase
Funnyman Chevy Chase has taken aim at the creator of his TV comedy series Community, insisting the show is suffering due to his "bad writing".

The Spies Like Us star and Dan Harmon were said to be locked in a bitter feud on and off the set ever since the comedy premiered in 2009, and now Chase has finally snapped - after the writer allegedly led the cast and crew in a 'f--- you' chant during a recent wrap party, at which the comedian's wife and daughter were present.

Now, a profanity-laden voicemail Chase left Harmon has been made public by

The funnyman can be heard saying, "I d...

Interview: Upbeat Joel McHale And Dan Harmon Talk 'Community'

March 16th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
“I don’t want to raise expectations, but this is going to be the greatest second half of any television show in the history of the world.” He may be joking, but Community star Joel McHale’s upbeat attitude perfectly echoes the feelings of the legions of fans who have been anxiously awaiting the return of TV’s most inventive and creative comedy. After being put on hiatus by NBC back in November (never a good sign for a show which has struggled to increase viewership), Community returned last night with a long-awaited new episode called “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts.”

Discussing th...

Jim Rash Denies Mocking Angelina Jolie's Leggy Oscars Pose

February 27th, 2012 4:20pm EST
Jim Rash
Comedian Jim Rash insists he mimicked Angelina Jolie's striking, leggy Academy Awards pose as he collected the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay as a "loving tribute" to the Hollywood beauty.

The Community star and co-writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon picked up the award for their work on The Descendants at Sunday's big event, and Rash raised a laugh onstage by copying the strong pose Jolie had adopted while reading out the nominees minutes earlier.

Flaunting her long right leg through the slit of her black velvet Atelier Versace dress, Jolie wowed the audience and TV viewers, but i...

TV's Sexiest Female Stars 2012 Edition

January 6th, 2012 10:00am EST
TV's Sexiest Female Stars
Welcome to 2012 everybody, and according to the ancient Mayan calendar it's our last year on Earth!

With the midseason launch of a whole slew of new TV shows, we wanted to start the new year right and share the list of our favorite sexy female TV stars who are not only featured in these new additions to the idiot box, but those who are already holding their own on all the returning shows.

Check them all out and don't forget to leave us a comment below to let us know who's on your list!

Kat Dennings "2 Broke Girls"

Did you think we'd not include "2 Broke Girls" Beth Behrs?