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'Up All Night' Recap: 'Hiring and Firing'

November 17th, 2011 11:24am EST
Up All Night on NBC
Since the news broke that the Schmitties at NBC decided to handle the return of “30 Rock” by pulling “Community” (aka the best show on TV) from its mid-season lineup, a lot of anger has been directed (deservedly) at “Whitney,” which will get a move to Wednesday instead of a much-needed mercy killing, and (not-so-deservedly) "Up All Night," which will take the Thursday, 9:30 pm timeslot. Although I’m pretty irritated about the “Community” debacle, my fondness for “Up All Night” (and especially my fondness for Will Arnett) has led me to defend it to the many who hate it. So, I was really hopi...
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TV Book Club Q&A: Danielle Turchiano Talks A 'Pop Culture' Life

November 12th, 2011 11:20am EST
Danielle Turchiano
Danielle Turchiano has a dream job: she turned her love of TV into a career in production and later journalism. Then she decided to share her stories with us.

In her second book, appropriately titled My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture, Danielle speaks frankly about her passion for the small screen and how it has influenced her relationships over the years.

I've gotten to know Danielle fairly well as our careers have crossed paths, and have found her to be one of the most engaging fellow journalists I've gotten to spend time with. I couldn't resist asking her about her newest book and h...
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'Community' Will Have To Deal With John Goodman's New Hair

November 11th, 2011 1:20pm EST
John Goodman 'The Artist'
This season, Community cast John Goodman in the role of the principal of the air conditioning repair school that competes with Greendale. Goodman just took a role in the Denzel Washington film Flight in which he has grown a pony tail and goatee. He goes back to work on Community next week.

“I’m screwed there,” Goodman said. “I’ve gotta work there next week and I told them as soon as I get the Flight job what was going to happen with the beard, so I don’t know what they’re going to do. I don’t know how we’re going to deal with it. I’m worried sick about it but I can’t [change it.]”

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'Community' Recap: Advanced Gay

November 4th, 2011 11:08am EDT
Community
This week, “Community” returned to the standard sitcom narrative style after the strange (but brilliant) digressions of “Remedial Chaos Theory” and “Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps.” In “Advanced Gay,” a terrifically tongue-in-cheek title, the “Community” crew somehow finds a way to jam several different storylines into one 22-minute episode.

The episode opens in the cafeteria with a continuation of the Troy-as-a-“Good-Will-Hunting”-like-plumbing-genius story that has been brewing since early last season. After helping one of the janitors with a problem pipe, he is told that he has a...
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'Community' Recap: Horror Fiction In Seven Spooky Steps

October 28th, 2011 11:35am EDT
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This year’s Halloween episode of “Community” was slightly schizophrenic but not completely without entertainment value. This episode was especially fun for Alison Brie as Annie was able to get a little dark and disturbed while still teasing/flaunting her sexuality. Troy and Abed continue to grow closer and at one point (albeit in a fantasy) they reach a point a true happiness.

The episode opens with everyone gathered in the library “pre-partying” before that night’s actual campus Halloween party. Jeff comes dressed as a generic “The Fast and the Furious” character because he thinks girls ...
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Celebrity Tweets: Reaction To Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi's Death

October 21st, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Seth Meyers
The big global news yesterday was the capture and death of Libyan Dictator Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of rebels. Of course, celebrities took to their Twitter accounts to react to the stunning news.

Head SNL writer Seth Meyers tweeted: "Gadhaffi's last words were 'How my hair look, Mike?' #Unconfirmed" and "And he was so close to making general #Gadhaffi."

Seth then pointed readers to comic Colin Quinn, who wrote a series of tweets on the situation as was receiving angry responses. Quinn wrote posts such as "Another great innovator who started in the 80's and regained popularity recently...
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'Community' Recap: Competitive Ecology

October 10th, 2011 7:55am EDT
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The most recent episode of NBC’s “Community” is, in some ways, one of its most meta and self-referential outings. Greendale Community College’s motley study group always seems to be spending more time arguing and screwing off then actually studying (a serious complaint from the show’s critics). In “Competitive Ecology,” the writers, in their unique way, address those who take issue with that aspect of the show.

The team’s Biology professor, Dr. Kane, tells the class that they’ll be partnering up to build a terrarium which will be due the next day. Instead of letting the students choose the...
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'Breaking Bad's' Betsy Brandt Visits 'The Soup'

October 7th, 2011 4:44pm EDT
Betsy Brandt
Programming alert: Breaking Bad star Betsy Brandt will be appearing on E!'s The Soup tonight at 10 PM ET/PT.

Betsy (best known for her role as Marie Schrader on the AMC drama) takes part in a sketch with host (and Community leading man) Joel McHale on tonight's show. I'd say more, but I've been sworn to secrecy. I have it on good authority that it's hilarious.

Here's a pic of Betsy on the set. In case you missed it, you can also read my interview with her about this season of Breaking Bad, which airs its season finale this Sunday at 10 PM ET/PT on AMC.
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'Community' Recap: Geography of Global Conflict

September 30th, 2011 11:34am EDT
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A delightful surprise in the second episode of this season was that the main storyline focuses on Annie and some of the demons she has left over from her high school days. Alison Brie is one of the most talented members of the cast and she is often sidelined as just a supporting player. It’s nice to see her stretch a little bit.

The episode opens in a World History class where our Annie is shocked to learn that another student, Annie Kim (Irene Choi), is just as smart, perky and tenacious as she was in high school. Other Annie gets special attention from Professor Cligoris (Martin Starr) w...
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Interview: Joel McHale And Guest Star John Goodman Joke About Third Season Of 'Community'

September 23rd, 2011 11:00am EDT
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“John [Goodman] is terribly disruptive. He parked his car on the stage and said ‘This is my parking space,’” Joel McHale says of the sitcom legend who is guest starring on this season of “Community.” Goodman clarifies, “I parked it on a stagehand.” The two are joking, obviously, but this back and forth banter is a perfect example of the hour-long “gush fest” the two actors engaged in when discussing the new season of “Community.”

McHale returns for Season Three as Jeff Winger, the cocky ex-lawyer who runs a small, ragtag study group at Greendale Community College. Goodman will appear as Vi...
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‘Community’ Recap: Biology 101

September 23rd, 2011 10:04am EDT
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One of the most entertaining aspects of NBC’s “Community,” now entering Season Three, is its ability to never take itself too seriously. From “Pulp Fiction”-inspired episodes to claymation hallucinations to Sergio Leone-style paintball competitions, “Community” is one of the most inventive shows currently on television.

The episode kicks off with an over-the-top musical number featuring the entire cast (save Chevy Chase’s Pierce Hawthorne who left the group at the end of last season) which describes the characters’ goals for this year (meaning season). As it turns out, the sequence is just...
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Fall 2011 TV Premiere Dates

September 6th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Two and a Half Men
Labor Day is over, signaling the unofficial end of summer and the start of the new TV season. While television is somewhat entertaining during June, July, and August, it's the fall debuts that many TV addicts anticipate.

Next week the networks start rolling out new and returning series, kicking off with "90210" and "Ringer" on the CW on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Check out the list below to see when your favorites air:

Tuesday, September 13
8 pm 90210 CW
9 pm Ringer (NEW!) CW
10 pm Parenthood NBC

Wednesday, September 14
8 pm H8R CW
8 pm Survivor: South Pacific CBS
9 pm America’s Next Top Mode...
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NBC Announces New Fall TV Shows, 2011-12 Schedule

May 16th, 2011 11:30am EDT
The PlayBoy Club
NBC just introduced its 2011-12 primetime schedule, showcasing six new dramas and six new comedies from a roster of renowned hitmakers that includes Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Brian Grazer, Tom Werner, John Grisham and Peter Berg, among many others.

The season's new dramas are "Smash," "Prime Suspect," "The Playboy Club," "Awake," "Grimm" and "The Firm"; and the new comedies are "Up All Night," "Whitney," "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," "Free Agents," "Best Friends Forever" and "Bent."

Returning shows include "Parenthood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Harry's La...
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Stephen Colletti Dishes On 'One Tree Hill' And A Televised Youth

May 11th, 2011 12:09pm EDT
Stephen Colletti
After gaining fame as a cast member on the reality series Laguna Beach, Stephen Colletti has segued from MTV to The CW’s One Tree Hill. Recently promoted to the main cast this season after four as a recurring character, Stephen sat down with me recently to talk about Chase’s future, the prospects for the show’s future, and where he himself might head next.

There is only one more episodes left in One Tree Hill‘s eighth season. What’s left in store for Chase?

There’s some decisions to be made. We’ve been teasing them all year. It’s going to come to a resolution with the decisions I’...
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Cheers & Jeers: 'Community' — My Dinner With Abed

March 25th, 2011 10:31am EDT
Danny Pudi, Donald Glover and Chevy Chase | Photo Credits: Lewis
Cheers to Community for its brilliant mash-up spoof of — excuse me, homage to — Pulp Fiction and My Dinner with Andre.

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'American Idol's' Katharine McPhee Joins NBC Musical Drama

February 14th, 2011 10:07am EST
Katherine McPhee | Photo Credits: Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic.com
American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee has been tapped to co-star in Steven Spielberg's TV musical drama Smash, Deadline.com reports.

Report: Debra Messing to headline NBC's musical pilot

The NBC pilot centers on ...

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TV Holiday Roundup: Check Out Your Favorite Holiday Shows

November 25th, 2010 1:00pm EST
Grinch and little Cindy Loo Hoo
The Christmas season is upon us. That means holiday specials abound! Here’s a roundup of the classic – and the new – TV material coming soon to help you celebrate the holidays.

Here are some highlights for the holiday season. All times are Eastern. Watch your local listings, as many of these specials will air more than once, and on more than one channel.

‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ – ABC, Nov. 25, 8 PM

In this classic holiday special, Charlie Brown must juggle obligations between family and friends – namely, Peppermint Patty, who is set on spending her holiday with Chuck. Watch...
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'Community' Recap: 2x09 - 'Conspiracy Theories And Interior Design'

November 20th, 2010 2:32am EST
Community Annie
Community rocks, and if you’re not watching it then you are missing 22 minutes of weekly awesomeness. The latest episode, Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design does not disappoint. When Dean Pelton audits Jeff’s schedule, he discovers a class that doesn’t exist: Conspiracy Theories in US History, taught by none other than Professor Professorson (“It’s Dutch! I think it means professor!”).

True to the episode title (and to Jeff’s character), Jeff has been lying and Professor Professorson doesn’t exist. So when Professor Professorson (played by the hilarious Kevin Corrigan) shows up, Je...
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Joel McHale To Host The 2011 Spirit Awards

November 17th, 2010 2:24pm EST
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Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, announced today that Joel McHale will serve as host for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 26th edition of the awards will be held at the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. The ceremony will air exclusively on IFC in primetime on February 26 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

As previously announced, nominees will be revealed on November 30th by Eva Mendes and Jeremy Renner at The London West Hollywood Hotel.

"The Spirit Awards is not only a celebra...
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Hilary Duff Talks About Her 'Mean Girl' Role On 'Community'

November 4th, 2010 1:51pm EDT
Hilary Duff Community
As a former child star, Hilary Duff has been in the spotlight for a big chunk of her life. After becoming a star on the Disney Channel show “Lizzie McGuire” and the subsequent movies, Duff has bounced between film roles and guest spots on TV shows including “Law & Order: SVU” and “Gossip Girl.”

For her guest performance on NBC’s “Community,” Duff got to try something a little bit different. “It was fun for me to get to play a mean girl because it is so different from anything I’ve done before,” the actress says. “Being the most popular girl at a community college is important to her. I tho...
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'Community' Co-Stars Talk Season 2 and Chemistry 101

September 23rd, 2010 8:40am EDT
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Before tuning in for the premiere of “Community” this Thursday on NBC, we were lucky enough to chat with co-stars Joel McHale and Alison Brie about going back to school for a sophomore season and all the crazy chemistry on the set of their hilarious hit comedy.

Fan favorites, Joel McHale and Alison Brie play the study group’s de facto leader, Jeff Winger, and its most studious pupil, Annie Edison. After their characters shared an unexpected kiss in a mid-season episode, the blogosphere was buzzing about the pair’s great chemistry. However, their romantic reunion on the season finale was de...
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NBC Fall Season Preview: Spies, CIA Plots And Outsourcing

September 20th, 2010 11:45am EDT
NBC Fall Preview
NBC is likely getting tired of being referred to as "fourth place NBC." Last year's Jay Leno experiment was clearly a disaster and served as a boon for TBS, which won the Conan sweepstakes. This fall, NBC has fresher programming. With aging favorites and risky new underdogs, does the network have a shot at moving up the ratings ladder, even to third place? Time will tell. Stranger things have happened. Here's a look at what new shows could make the grade and what's in store for old favorites.

New shows

Chase
September 20 at 10 PM EST
In this gritty crime drama from (you guessed it)...
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Believe It Or Not, 'The Hangover's' Ken Jeong Is A Licensed Physician

September 15th, 2010 11:46pm EDT
Ken Jeong
The Hangover star Ken Jeong can still practice medicine in California after renewing his license this summer - despite finding fame in Hollywood.

The quirky Asian star, famous for jumping out of a car trunk naked in the film and coining the phrase "Toodle-oo, motherf--kers," was a qualified doctor when he kick-started his comedy career in 2005 and reveals he recently re-applied for his medical certification.

He says, "I just renewed my license in June. I'm still technically a medical doctor. You never know.

"I worked at Kaiser Permanente (hospital) in Woodland Hills (in California) for a...
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Jessica Alba's Sparkly Silver Dress - Hot Or Not?

September 13th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba wore a shimmering silver dress to celebrate "Fashion's Night Out" in New York on Friday.

We think she's pretty hot, but a new end-of-summer survey ranked Jennifer Garner ahead of her as "Hollywood's Hottest Mama." Not fair!

We just discovered that Jess is starring in "Spy Kids 4" alongside Joel McHale. The two will play the parents of the new spy kids. We're not sure this is a good career move, Jess.

She will also appear in "Little Fockers," in which a birthday party for the twins gives Greg (Ben Stiller) an opportunity to redeem himself after he takes a job that raises the...
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What's Back In TV Land: Our Favorite Returning Fall Shows

August 24th, 2010 4:32pm EDT
Vampire Diaries, CW
It's that time of year again, when we all set our DVRs and get ready for a night in with our favorite returning TV shows! Here's just a few to look forward to when September finally rolls around.

The Vampire Diaries, CW

Thursday, September 9, 8/7c

When "The Vampires Diaries" aired last fall it managed to become much more than just the supernatural "Gossip Girl'' that many had expected. It was a well-written, well-acted series that was intriguing enough to make you want to tune in every week. Its first season was a sexy, violent ride that once a week made the new vampire craze a little...
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When Does Your Favorite TV Show Return?

August 21st, 2010 11:05am EDT
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There are a lot of TV shows returning and premering in the fall. Start making room on your DVR now because there are many can't-miss series on the boob tube.

I spent hours last weekend clearing out tons of space on my DVR. I know it can be a chore, but it's so refreshing afterwards! (Did that sound like a body wash commercial to anyone else?)

Check out the list for your favorite shows, mark your calendars and get ready for a long winter with some great TV.

Shows marked with an asterisk (*) are new and all times are ET/PT.

Tuesday, Sept. 7
Sons of Anarchy (FX), 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Sep...
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Survey Says 'Hawaii Five-O' Is Fall's Most Anticipated New Series

August 17th, 2010 3:09pm EDT
Hawaii Five O
As the summer sun begins to fade and fall becomes more and more of a reality, the one redeeming certainty remains the anticipated fall TV season that lies ahead.

To usher in America’s favorite shows, Comcast recently announced the findings of its second annual "TV Pulse Survey" that revealed America’s most-anticipated new and returning primetime series.

When asked about several of the new TV series that are creating the most buzz, consumers ranked the following shows in order of preference, including:

· Hawaii Five-O (40 percent)
· No Ordinary Family (23 percent)
· ...
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Betty White To Play An Unhinged Anthropology Professor On NBC's 'Community'

July 14th, 2010 2:07pm EDT
Betty White
Betty White will guest-star in the season premiere of NBC's hit comedy "Community." She will play professor June Bauer, an esteemed, but slightly unhinged anthropology professor.

White was recently nominated for another Emmy for her work as host of a "Saturday Night Live" in May.

White is best known for her performance as Rose Nylund on NBC's "The Golden Girls," the beloved comedy series that aired from 1985 to 1992. Previously, she co-starred as Sue Ann Nivens in the classic comedy series "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."
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2010-11 TV Lineup

May 20th, 2010 9:05am EDT
2010 Fall TV Lineup
The big networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox & CW) unveiled their schedules for the 2010-11 season this week at their various upfront presentations. Several shows were canceled (such as "Heroes," "Ghost Whisperer" & "Law & Order"), while many new series were added to the lineup ("Hawaii Five-O" & "The Event.")

Check out the schedule to see if your favorite shows made the cut and to find out which new series are coming your way:

FOX

MONDAY
8 p.m. House
9 p.m. Lonestar (new)

TUESDAY
8 p.m. Glee
9 p.m. Raising Hope (new)
9:30 p.m. Running Wilde (new)

WEDNESDAY
8 p.m. Lie to Me
9 p.m. Hell's Kitch...
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'Community' Recap: 'Modern Warfare'

May 7th, 2010 12:23pm EDT
Community
This is the episode of Community viewers have been waiting for since the first preview showed up online last summer.

Spoilers abound, but if you're reading this without having already watched it, what the heck is wrong with you? Watch it online, torrent it, break into a home with quality DVR, just WATCH COMMUNITY NOW.

As Jeff and Britta casually walk down the hall, the show's Sam and Diane begin to argue over who's less fun. The study group complains that their constant bickering was cute at first but has grown tired, to the detriment of the supporting characters.

Abed once again provide...
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