Go Behind the Scenes of COMMUNITY’s Season 5 Premiere with Commentary from Dan Harmon and the Cast, Plus Outtakes and Fan Questions

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If you didn’t catch Community’s return to television last night for its season five premiere, you might want to remedy that before checking out the following video.  A new behind-the-scenes look features commentary from creator-showrunner Dan Harmon, along with cast members Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, to name a few.  In addition to a recap of the pilot episode, the cast answers some fan questions about what viewers can expect the rest of the season.  Oh, and did I mention outtakes?  Hit the jump to watch.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Returns to Premiere Low; THE BIG BANG THEORY Rises

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s Community returned for its fifth season (with Dan Harmon back as showrunner to boot) to a premiere low 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.03 million viewers.  That’s down six tenths from last year’s 1.9 debut for the lackluster fourth season, but it wouldn’t be Community without low-yet-manageable ratings.  Though the 1.3 is indeed a disappointing rating, it speaks to NBC’s troubled comedy lineup that this number is enough to keep Community afloat for now.
  • Over on CBS, The Big Bang Theory returned to a whopping 5.3 rating and 18.93 million viewers, easily destroying everything else in both demo ratings and total viewership.  That’s up two tenths from its last original episode’s 5.1 rating.

Hit the jump for the full ratings rundown for Thursday, January 2nd, including Elementary, Parenthood, The Crazy Ones, and more.

A Look Ahead at Season 5 of COMMUNITY, Featuring the Return of Dan Harmon and Starring Joel McHale

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Fans of NBC’s cult comedy series Community were certainly happy to hear the news that Dan Harmon would be returning as showrunner, but will the show be able to hit the ground running after a season without him?  Viewers will be able to judge for themselves shortly, but we’ve got a sneak preview of season five to share with you ahead of time.  Rest assured that we’ll keep everything spoiler-free, suffice it to say that there are some great character turns, cameos and one-liners early on (no surprises there).

Community returns to NBC with a one-hour special starting Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.  Hit the jump for our preview.

COMMUNITY Goes MAD MEN in New Season 5 Trailer; Season 3 Trailer for Jerry Seinfeld’s COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE

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With the holidays approaching, today is apparently the day for TV trailers.  HBO unveiled trailers for three of its shows this morning, and now we’ve got two more to add to the pile.  Keeping with the show’s excellent marketing thus far, a new trailer for season five of NBC’s Community takes some fun jabs at the amusingly vague “next week” promos for AMC’s Mad Men.  Creator Dan Harmon is back in the showrunner chair for the series, which returns to NBC on Thursday, January 2nd.

Additionally, the full trailer for season three of Jerry Seinfeld’s web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee unveils some of the guests that Seinfeld will be chatting with in the upcoming season.  Each episode of the incredibly amusing series has Seinfeld taking a drive and grabbing a cup of coffee with a new guest, opening them up to frank and hilarious conversations.  Season three guests will include Tina Fey, Louis C.K., Patton Oswalt, Howard Stern, and Jay Leno.  The show returns to Crackle.com on Thursday, January 2nd at 12pm ET.  Hit the jump to watch both trailers.

Miracle on Jeff’s Street: COMMUNITY Gets Animated in New Season Five Holiday Trailer

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Community has never been a ratings hit for NBC, but the network seems to be busting out a considerable marketing budget for the upcoming fifth season.  Moreover, these promos feel like executive producer Dan Harmon had a very heavy hand in their creation.  The initial season five trailer took the “movie trailer” route, and now a new holiday-themed animated trailer has been released online.  It’s filled with some fun gags and the show’s trademark meta humor, which bodes well for its return following a lackluster season four.  With creator Harmon now back in the fold as showrunner, the shenanigans should be aplenty in the upcoming season.

Hit the jump to watch the animated trailer. Season five of Community kicks off on NBC Thursday, January 2nd.

COMMUNITY Season 5 Trailer Brings the Cast Together in Harmon-y

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If you felt like something was a bit off with season four of NBC’s comedy series, Community, this new trailer for season five will set you right again.  There’s no doubt in my mind that Dan Harmon brings a brand of humor to the show that’s unique (and hilarious), but will he be able to get back into form after being away for a season?  This trailer absolutely puts those fears to rest as it’s quintessential Harmon.  And if you’re wondering why and how Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) is back, check out this explanatory trailer.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  Community returns in a one-hour premiere on NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

First Trailer for COMMUNITY Season 5

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NBC has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming fifth season of the comedy series Community.  While fans were a bit dismayed with how season four played out without the direction of creator Dan Harmon, he’s back onboard as showrunner for season five and this trailer makes pointed reference to what may be a bit of a “do-over” for the show.  The biggest revelation in this trailer is the circumstances behind how Joel McHale’s Jeff Winger returns to Greendale Community College full time.  Though I’m sure it will be plenty spoiled in the many promos to come, I’ll let you folks enjoy the revelation at your own discretion.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Community returns to NBC Thursday, January 2nd at 8pm.

BREAKING BAD’s Vince Gilligan Makes Acting Debut on COMMUNITY; Anna Gunn to Guest Star on THE MINDY PROJECT; Syfy Casts 12 MONKEYS Pilot Leads

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Here’s a bit of TV casting news for you to peruse:

  • Breaking Bad creator and showrunner Vince Gilligan will make his acting debut on an episode of NBC’s Community.
  • Breaking Bad star Anna Gunn will guest star on an upcoming episode of Fox’s The Mindy Project, starring Mindy Kaling.
  • Syfy has set the cast for its 12 Monkeys pilot, including Aaron Stanford (Nikita) and Amanda Schull (Suits, Pretty Little Liars) in lead roles.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Anthony Michael Hall Talks DEAD IN TOMBSTONE, What It’s Like to Play a Badass Western Villain, THE DEAD ZONE, Working with Christopher Nolan on THE DARK KNIGHT, and More

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When director Roel Reine’s shoot-em-up western Dead in Tombstone was filming in Romania last year, I got to visit the set along with a few other online reporters.  The film stars Danny Trejo as the leader of a gang of outlaws who frees his half-brother (Anthony Michael Hall) from prison in order to loot a mining town.  The plan backfires when Hall double crosses Trejo and kills him.  Trejo makes a deal with the devil (Mickey Rourke) and comes back from the dead to seek revenge.  As Patrick said in his Blu-ray review, “Dead in Tombstone has some really impressive stunts and set-pieces – from horse-drawn carriage flips to chandelier swings (classic!) and massive explosions – and they’re all staged and shot better than most Hollywood action fare.  One particular explosion near the end looks impossibly large, though no CGI was used.  Action fans will definitely want to check out this unique supernatural revenge thriller.”

During my on set video interview with Anthony Michael Hall, he talked about how he got involved in the project and his respect for Trejo and Rourke, what it’s like to play a badass western villain, his experiences on Community, The Dead Zone, and working with Christopher Nolan on The Dark Knight, what people always want to talk to him about, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

NBC Cancels IRONSIDE and WELCOME TO THE FAMILY, Sets Premiere Dates for CHICAGO P.D. and COMMUNITY Season 5; BROOKLYN Gets Full Season at Fox [Updated]

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NBC cancels the freshman drama Ironside after three episodes, along with the debut comedy Welcome to the Family.  Ironside opened with a 1.3 rating for adults 18-49 and 6.8 million viewers, sliding to an average of a 1.1 in the demographic.  Welcome to the Family ranked as NBC’s lowest in-season comedy debuts with a 1.2 rating, slipping to a 0.8 in its second week.  In place of Ironside, NBC will air Dateline on Wednesday nights at 10pm throughout the rest of the year, along with holiday specials.  Hit the jump for more on NBC’s upcoming schedule, including premiere dates for Community and Chicago P.D.

[Update: And Fox has now announced that it has picked up the new comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a full season, bringing the total number of episodes to 22. The show will also air in a comedy block alongside New Girl after the Super Bowl.  Full press release after the jump.]

Nathan Fillion to Guest Star on NBC’s COMMUNITY

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Fan-favorite Nathan Fillion (Firefly) will guest star on an upcoming episode of the NBC comedy series, Community.  The Castle star will feature in a fifth season episode that also guest stars another actor with a more recent cult following, one Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad).  “When Annie (Alison Brie) and Professor Hickey (Banks) team up to navigate Greendale’s corridors of power, they must contend with Bob Waite (Fillion), the politically savvy head custodian who’s not afraid to get his hands dirty but is smart enough to wear rubber gloves.”  There is no premiere date for season five of Community just yet, but we do know that star Donald Glover will only appear in five episodes. (Via Deadline)

Gillian Jacobs Talks BAD MILO!, the Adorable Puppet, Her First Reaction to the Script, COMMUNITY, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2, and More

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Surprisingly, Bad Milo, which is a movie about an ass demon, also has a lot of heart.  As the pressures of Duncan’s (Ken Marino) life start mounting, his stress triggers an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction that results in a pint-sized demon living in his intestine, that forces its way out and slaughters the people who have angered him.  Trying to keep its insatiable appetite at bay, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo.

At the film’s press day, actress Gillian Jacobs (who plays Duncan’s sweet, yet pressuring wife) talked about her first reaction to the script, making sure the story always stayed grounded in reality, how adorable she thought the Milo puppet was, and her strangest moment on set.  She also talked about her experience on Hot Tub Time Machine 2, what she’s looking forward to with the upcoming season of her NBC comedy series Community, and shooting a supporting role in the Kevin Costner movie, Black and White.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Indie Spotlight: CommuniCon2: Re-Introduction to Fanaticism – A Fan-Organized COMMUNITY Convention [Updated]

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Conventions are more popular than ever.  San Diego Comic-Con is an epic display of nerdy humanity, DragonCon has long been a home for fans of sci-fi and fantasy, and Anthrocon is the place for those with a furry fascination.  Enter CommuniCon, or more precisely, CommuniCon 2: Re-Introduction to Fanaticism, a fan-organized convention that celebrates all things related to the NBC comedy, Community.  Although it has no ties to NBC, Sony or any of the show’s affiliates, it does serve as a place for fans to come together and share in their love of all things meta.  Gearing up for the convention is organizer Gillian Morshedi, who is raising funds to finance the event itself along with a documentary production that will make the convention accessible to fans all over the world.  Hit the jump to see how you can contribute.

Gillian Jacobs Talks Short Film IT’S NOT YOU, IT’S ME, Creating Her Own Original Content, COMMUNITY, BAD MILO, and More

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In the short film It’s Not You, It’s Me, a young woman’s (Gillian Jacobs) relationship takes a dark turn when every sound her boyfriend (Fran Kranz) makes starts to annoy her.  And then, things start to get really messy.  Directed by Matt Spicer, you can view the film through JASH, a comedy collective on YouTube that gives comedians and artists a platform to create and control their own digital content, at www.youtube.com/buh.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Gillian Jacobs talked about how this project came about for her, being a big fan of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, how much fun she had working with Fran Kranz and Rob Huebel, how crazy it was to shoot so much content in only three days, and how the idea of JASH has inspired her to think about creating her own original content.  She also talked about why the crazy concept of Bad Milo (a horror comedy about a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines) appealed to her, what it’s meant to her to be a part of a series like Community, that the fans are so dedicated and devoted to, and how she ultimately wants to find a balance between comedy and drama work.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Dan Harmon Talks RICK AND MORTY, Working for Adult Swim, Animation vs Live-Action, COMMUNITY, and Much More

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While at the TCA Press Tour, Adult Swim presented their latest animated series, Rick and Morty, from co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland.  During the interview, Harmon talked about how he came to be doing an animated series at Adult Swim, what influenced this concept, what he can do with an animated show that he can’t do in live-action, and how his experience with Adult Swim has been, compared to other networks.  He also talked about how his work for Rick and Morty compares to that of Community, finding a way to be creatively successful without some of the turbulence that has come with his career, and the possibility of a sixth season of Community.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

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