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.
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.
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 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.]
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those of us not lucky enough to be at San Diego Comic Con this year and see all of the panels for ourselves, here are the full videos for some of the television panels that were live blogged and tweeted but that have not, until now, been able to be seen by all. It’s finally time to check out some of those awesome surprises from the Game of Thrones panel, and get hyped seeing the Breaking Bad cast together in anticipation of the series’ final few episodes that will start airing next month.
Hit the jump for all of the videos, including for The Walking Dead, The X-Files 20th Anniversary Reunion Panel, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Community, Sherlock, Hannibal, Teen Wolf, and Veronica Mars. Don’t forget to click these links for live recaps along with many others which also include information about footage shown at the Con that’s not available online.
Community just can’t catch a break. Between ratings issues, public feuds, the firing of creator Dan Harmon, the abrupt departure of Chevy Chase, and the recent re-hiring of Harmon, the NBC comedy has been through the wringer. Now, with the show’s mastermind back onboard as showrunner and a last minute reneweal from NBC for an upcoming fifth season, Community is being dealt another blow. Vulture reports that star Donald Glover has struck a deal with NBC and Sony Pictures Television that will see him appearing in only five of the upcoming thirteen episodes so that he can focus on his music career as Childish Gambino. Hit the jump for more.
Now that the entire schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con has been announced with today’s unveiling of the Sunday lineup, it’s quite clear that if you’re coming to the Con for TV, you’re going to be very happy. TV panels have moved into Hall H on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to Sunday, and so the extent of studios’ feature film presence has been pared down considerably. There’s still a lot to look forward to, but the film offerings this year are few and far between.
That being said, Sunday’s TV-only lineup is rather swell, with Breaking Bad taking over Hall H for the final season panel, in addition to Hall H panels for Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Community, which should be rather eventful given that series creator/candid-to-a-fault showrunner Dan Harmon is taking part. Hit the jump to check out the highlights from Sunday’s Comic-Con programming, and be sure to check Collider frequently during the Con for all of our recaps, interviews, and much more. Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – 21st.
Dan Harmon is going back to school. While the Community creator and former showrunner was fired following the conclusion of the NBC comedy’s third season, rumors have been swirling in recent weeks that Harmon had been asked to return to the series this year for the bubble show’s fifth season. Moses Port and David Guarascio—who replaced Harmon as the showrunners of season four to decidedly mixed results—opted not to come back for season five when NBC semi-surprisingly renewed the series for another season, and with Chevy Chase gone as well, the opportunity seemed ripe for Harmon to come back. Now Community fans have reason to rejoice, as Harmon has confirmed on Twitter that he is indeed returning to the series. Hit the jump for more.
After labeling himself a liability that NBC wasn’t willing to keep around, Community creator Dan Harmon left the show before its fourth season. Now that the network has greenlit a fifth season of the community college comedy, there’s a rumor that Harmon has been asked back to the show in some capacity. The only confirmation seems to be from Harmon himself in an offhand comment during a recent episode of his podcast, Harmontown. As TV Line reports, Harmon let the news slip, thought about editing it out and then said: “Ahhh Fuck it. I don’t care who knows!” according to a writer for Hollywookiee.
It remains to be seen whether there’s any truth to the rumor and, if there is, to what capacity Harmon could return: it may be as the consulting producer position that was previously offered to him, though he ended up turning that down. Community is poised to return to NBC mid-season as their fall line-up is full with the return of Parks and Recreation and the new comedies Welcome to the Family, Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves the World and The Michael J. Fox Show.
[Update: Deadline reports that season four showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio have officially opted not to return for season five, and both Harmon and former writer/producer Chris McKenna have been approached about rejoining the show for what is expected to be the show's final 13 episode run.]
With director Todd Phillips’ comedy sequel The Hangover Part III opening this week, I recently participated in a roundtable interview with Ken Jeong. In the final installment to the popular franchise, we find Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper), and Doug (Justin Bartha) en route to taking Alan (Zach Galifianakis) to a psychiatric hospital when the gang is side-trekked by a mysterious man (John Goodman) who kidnaps Doug and forces the wolf pack to track down Mr. Chow (Jeong), who stole $21 million from Goodman’s character. As you might expect, chaos ensues. For more on the film, watch the red band trailer or check out over forty images.
During the interview, Jeong talked about Chow’s emotional journey, how the films have been getting darker, doing nude scenes, Chow’s accent, what fans always want to quote back to him, filming in Las Vegas, preparing for his big stunt in Part 3, and a lot more. In addition, he talked about Community‘s renewal, whether Dan Harmon might return, and how he’d prepared a few tweets in case the show had been cancelled. Hit the jump for what he had to say.