Joel McHale Talks A MERRY FRIGGIN CHRISTMAS, Working with Robin Williams, COMMUNITY Season 6, Moving the Show to Yahoo and More

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The family comedy A Merry Friggin Christmas follows Boyd (Joel McHale) who, along with his family, is forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents’ house with his eccentric father (Robin Williams) that he has been avoiding for years.  But when he realizes that he left his son’s gifts at home, Boyd and his father must hit the road in a blizzard to retrieve the gifts before sunrise and save Christmas.  The film also stars Lauren Graham, Candice Bergen, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Clark Duke and Oliver Platt.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Joel McHale talked about being a part of telling this father-son story, why the holidays seem to bring out the worst in families, and his fondest memories of working with Robin Williams.  He also talked about how it feels to be doing Season 6 of Community for Yahoo, returning to work on November 17th with a bigger budget, and that they didn’t get picked up until the last day of their contract, along with why he decided to renew his contract hosting The Soup through 2016.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Dan Harmon Talks HARMONTOWN, Touring, the Writing Process, RICK AND MORTY, COMMUNITY Season 6, and More

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As a giant fan of Rick and Morty and a viewer of Community whose regard of that show oscillates between passionate love and mild frustration, I was fairly trepidatious about watching Harmontown.  The film focusses on a tour that Dan Harmon, the creator and writer of those aforementioned projects, undertook in the wake of his firing from Community after that show’s third season (he has since returned to the program).  The tour itself sprung from Harmon’s weekly podcast, held in front of a live audience at Meltdown Comics here in Los Angeles.

Having never attended the event myself, it seemed from afar like a cult of personality that I wanted little to do with, despite my admiration for Harmon’s work.  After watching Harmontown (trailer here) it turns out I had misjudged the event and how legitimate the connection between Harmon and that audience actually is.  There’s a tangible exchange going on, and its not exploitive on either side.  I urge you to watch this movie not only to experience that connection, but to truly get inside the mind of a troubled creative genius.  Hit the jump for my Dan Harmon interview.  Harmontown opens in Los Angeles and VOD on October 3rd.  It hits New York on October 10th.

Yvette Nicole Brown Leaving COMMUNITY

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Though Community was brought back from the dead this summer after Yahoo Screen picked up the comedy following NBC’s cancellation, it will return with one less original cast member.  TV Guide reports that Yvette Nicole Brown will be departing the show before its upcoming sixth season due to family reasons, as the actress explains that she needs to care for her ailing father.  The split from the show was amicable as executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna said in a joint statement, “Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best.”  More after the jump.

Joe and Anthony Russo Talk COMMUNITY Season 6; Say “Dan Harmon Will Make a Movie” and Reveal Chris McKenna Wrote Jokes for CAPTAIN AMERICA 2

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Community is really kind of “The Little Engine That Could” of modern sitcoms.  The show found its creative footing during its first season and built up a small yet loyal fanbase, but during its five seasons on NBC it faced the threat of cancellation nearly every year, had its showrunner/principal creative force fired for a season and then rehired a year later, and then finally NBC cancelled the offbeat series once and for all this past May.  Fans were obviously upset by this news, but it felt like it had been a long time coming.  But no, Community wasn’t dead yet.  At the last minute, Yahoo Screen picked up the rights to the series and ordered a sixth season of Community to air exclusively on the digital platform.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have been involved with Community since its inception, helming the pilot and 20 other episodes of the show throughout its run.  When Steve recently spoke with the Russo brothers in anticipation of the Marvel film’s Blu-ray release, the two also discussed their impending return to Community to direct one Season Six episode and the show’s move to Yahoo Screen.  Additionally, they addressed the prospect of a Community movie, saying they’re confident it will happen and would be willing to direct it “in a heartbeat,” and revealed that executive producer Chris McKenna actually contributed jokes to The Winter Soldier.  More after the jump.

HARMONTOWN Trailer: Go on the Road With the Genius Behind COMMUNITY and RICK AND MORTY

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I have a love/hate relationship with Community.  At its best, the show transcends merely being funny and offers truly unique insight into the types characters that other programs either reduce into caricature or marginalize completely.  At its worst (not counting the apparently abysmal Season 4), it’s self-indulgent and overly reliant on meta in-jokes concerning its own universe.  Thankfully, it’s usually great.  And if you’ve seen Rick and Morty you know that that show in particular can be astoundingly good.  They both come from the mind of Dan Harmon, which isn’t always a pleasant place to be as evidenced by this trailer to Harmontown.

The film focusses on Harmon’s podcast/comedy tour last year and features interviews with the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, the cast of Community and more.  It was written and directed by Neil Berkeley the Orchard will be releasing it in theaters and VOD on October 3rd.  Hit the jump for the Harmontown trailer.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Teaser Recaps 5 Seasons of Ups and Downs for the Resurrected Comedy

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It’s a little hard to believe that Community actually lasted five whole seasons on network television.  Once the sitcom found its weird/meta groove a few episodes into its first season, it soldiered on and never looked back.  The show battled network disappointment, high fan expectations, cast departures, and even the firing—and rehiring—of its own showrunner Dan Harmon before NBC finally opted to cancel the show once and for all after Season 5.  Plenty of fans were upset, especially given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” rally cry, but Yahoo! Screen came to the resuce at the very last minute to resurrect the show for a sixth season.  Yahoo! has now released a Community Season 6 teaser that recaps the last five years of madness (all but glossing over the Harmon-less Season 4) and teases the upcoming resurrection of the show, complete with Six Million Dollar Man references galore.

Hit the jump to watch the Community Season 6 teaser.  A premiere date has yet to be set, but given that the new season hasn’t started filming yet, one imagines it may be early 2015 before we see new episodes.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Will Return on Yahoo Screen

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Never underestimate Community’s power of resurrection.  After years facing cancellation on NBC, not to mention a showrunner change that drained the show’s creativity followed by the return of Dan Harmon the following season, the network finally brought the ax down this May, just as the series was on the cusp of fulfilling its unlikely “Six Seasons and a Movie” prophecy.  Talk then turned to a potential season six continuation on Hulu, but that prospect never came to fruition.  Sony TV had a contractual hold on the cast through June 30th, and as the days wound down, it looked like the show might finally be dead.  And then, almost as if on cue, Sony TV announced today that Community season 6 will continue on the interwebs via Yahoo Screen.  Hit the jump for more.

Hulu Might Just Make COMMUNITY’s Sixth Season a Reality

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Earlier this month, NBC officially cancelled the fan-favorite series Community after five seasons.  As followers of the beleaguered ensemble comedy know all too well, this cancellation puts them one season (and a movie) short of their “Six Seasons and a Movie” rallying cry.  However, we’re lucky enough to live in a world where network television is not the be-all and end-all for original programming, even if they do happen to own the streaming platforms where their dumped properties eventually end up.  As such, Hulu is reportedly in talks for more original installments of Community.  Hit the jump for more.

NBC Cancels COMMUNITY after 5 Seasons

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Alas, it appears that Community will fall short of its “Six Seasons and a Movie” battle cry.  TV Line confirms that NBC has finally cancelled the ratings-challenged sitcom, which went through its fair share of behind-the-scenes drama as well; it’s really almost a miracle it lasted this long.  Though the life of the series was cut short, we can be thankful for five four seasons worth of weirdness that ranged from broad comedy to dark drama.  The show at times verged on being too strange, even for Community, but it was never dull under the guidance of creator/showrunner/mad genius Dan Harmon.  He’s truly one of a kind. Hit the jump for more.

Joel McHale Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, Working with Eric Bana, COMMUNITY, and More at WonderCon

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From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York.  As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, actor Joel McHale spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this project, why he wanted to pursue this role, and what it was like to work with and learn from a movie star like Eric Bana.  He also talked about why he originally turned to comedy, his desire to be an actor, that he definitely wants a sixth season (and beyond) and a movie  Community, that he hopes he can return to Sons of Anarchy, and how he’d love to have a varied career like Bryan Cranston. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Finale Tops PARKS AND REC; SCANDAL Finale Surges

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • The season five finale of NBC’s Community saw a slight ratings uptick, rising 11% from last week’s series low 0.9 rating to a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and scoring 2.9 million viewers.  It barely edged out Parks and Recreation for the night, but that’s still far from a “solid” ratings performance.  And yet, a sixth season renewal is actually looking pretty likely since it would put the series in a lucrative position for syndication.  If NBC doesn’t renew Community and “Basic Sandwich” ends up being the series finale, we’ll all just have to assume a giant asteroid destroyed all life on earth.  It is canon, after all.
  • Over on ABC, Scandal closed out its buzzworthy third season with a 3.4 rating and 10.45 million viewers, rising 13% from last week and marking the show’s highest rated season finale yet.  A fitting end to what’s been a breakout season for the Shonda Rhimes soap.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Thursday, April 17th, including Parks and Recreation, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries, and more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Falls to New Series Low; THE BIG BANG THEORY Dips to Season Low

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Thursday evening’s TV ratings are in.  Here’s a brief look at the highlights:

  • Last night’s episode of Community, quite possibly one of the strangest yet (and that’s saying something), fell a tenth from last week’s numbers to a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and scored 2.62 million viewers.  That marks a new series low for the NBC sitcom.
  • On the flipside, CBS’ The Big Bang Theory hit a “low” with a 4.6 rating and 15.99 million viewers, which is a dip of three tenths from last week’s 4.9 rating.  That’s a season low for the ratings juggernaut, though it still stood head and shoulders above everything else on Thursday night.

Hit the jump for the rest of the TV ratings report for Thursday, April 10th, including Parks and Recreation, The Millers, Scandal, Parenthood, Reign, and more.

PSA and Images from COMMUNITY’s Upcoming Animated Episode, “G.I. Jeff”

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NBC comedy series Community has become known for quite a few things: paintball episodes, troublesome ratings, a rocksteady fan base, six seasons and a movie, and animated specials.  The genre-busting show dips into 80s cartoon nostalgia for their upcoming episode, “G.I. Jeff,” which reimagines the Greendale gang as characters animated in the style of G.I. Joe.  True to form, this episode comes with its own PSA, which the gung-ho cartoon series was quite (in)famous for doing.  Check out the PSA and a few images after the jump.  You can watch the full episode this Thursday, April 3rd at 8pm on NBC.

COMMUNITY Season 6 Renewal Looking More Likely as Movie Talk Heats Up; Justin Lin Could Direct

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The unofficial “Six Seasons and a Movie” slogan for NBC’s beloved if underseen comedy Community began as an offhanded joke by Danny Pudi’s Abed, but it’s now looking like a serious harbinger for things to come.  Though creator Dan Harmon returned as showrunner for the fifth season and things have been on a creative upswing, ratings remain very low.  However, every comedy on NBC’s Thursday night lineup has low ratings.  In fact, after canceling all of its comedy shows besides Community and Parks and Recreation last year, these two remain the only comedies still chugging along on Thursday night as new bets like Sean Saves the World and The Michael J Fox Show have already fallen by the wayside.

As Community continues its low yet consistent ratings course, a sixth season renewal is looking more likely, and given the “Six Seasons and a Movie” moniker, talk of a movie is apparently heating up.  Hit the jump for more.

Thursday TV Ratings: COMMUNITY Holds Steady at Series Low, PARKS AND RECREATION Drops, and SCANDAL Dips

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TV ratings for Thursday, March 13th are in, though the preliminary numbers for CBS and the CW may be inaccurate due to preemptions and delays.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • NBC’s Community was even with last week’s series low 1.0 rating and scored 2.89 million viewers, while Parks and Recreation didn’t fare much better by dropping two tenths to a 1.1 rating and 2.73 million viewers. Parenthood, meanwhile, was even with last week’s 1.2 rating and garnered 3.87 million viewers.  For some perspective on the shifting low-rated sitcom landscape, I highly suggest reading Vulture’s recent piece on the matter.
  • Over on ABC, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland was down a tenth from last week to a 0.8 rating and 3.12 million viewers, Grey’s Anatomy dropped three tenths to a series low-tying 2.3 rating and 7.13 million viewers, and Scandal dropped one tenth to a season low 2.7 rating and 8.09 million viewers.

Hit the jump for the rest of the ratings report, including The Big Bang Theory, The Crazy Ones, and Reign

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