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.

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.

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.

RICK AND MORTY Renewed for Second Season

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Fans of Cartoon Network’s half-hour animated comedy series Rick and Morty will be happy to hear that the show has been renewed for a second season.  From co-creators and executive producers Dan Harmon and Justin RoilandRick and Morty follows “a sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the Monday 10:30pm time slot didn’t offer up much competition for the show, but it’s welcome news for fans just the same.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

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.

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 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.

Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland Talk RICK AND MORTY, Their Writing Process, Network Input, Avoiding Satire, and More

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Premiering tonight on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network’s weird older brother) is Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland‘s Rick & Morty.  The half-hour animated series is about a “sociopathic scientist who drags his unintelligent grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.”  The show features the voices of Roiland, Chris Parnell,Spencer Grammer, and Sarah Chalke.

Last week I landed an extended video interview with Harmon and Roiland.  They talked about making the pilot, the evolution of the show in future episodes, network input, how the two of them share responsibilities, their writing process, the show’s use of sci-fi and how it helps to develop their stories, staying away from satire, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

RICK AND MORTY Review: Dan Harmon’s Animated Adult Swim Comedy Has Room to Grow

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Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block of programming has always pushed the envelop when it comes to comedic content.  Bizarre and abstract don’t even begin to explain series like Harvey Birdman: Attorney at LawAqua Teen Hunger Force or Squidbillies.  But what all of these shows have in common is both newness (either a new take on an old cartoon, like Harvey, or an entirely new concept, like Aqua Teen) and charm.  Squidbillies is full of vulgar and violent humor, but it’s grounded by the singularity of a character like Early, with his horrible homespun wisdom, as well as the show’s biting satire.  All this to say that when it comes to the new half hour comedy Rick and Morty, well … hit the jump for more.

Watch the First Episode of RICK AND MORTY from Creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland

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If you don’t want to wait for Rick and Morty’s television debut this coming Monday, you can watch the first episode online now.  From creators Justin Roiland (Fish Hooks) and Dan Harmon (Community) comes this new animated half-hour comedy series about a sociopathic scientist who drags his dim-witted grandson into all sorts of dangerous adventures in all corners of the universe.  The first episode official airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim Monday, December 2nd at 10:30 pm ET/PT.  Hit the jump to watch the first episode of Rick and Morty.

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. 

Dan Harmon Confirms He Is Returning to COMMUNITY Season 5 as Showrunner

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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.

Will Dan Harmon Return to COMMUNITY for Season 5? [UPDATED: Moses Port and David Guarascio Officially Out]

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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.]

TV News: NBC Orders More UP ALL NIGHT and Switches Format to Multi-Camera; Dan Harmon’s RICK AND MORTY Picked Up by Adult Swim

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A couple of interesting TV-related tidbits were announced today.  First up, good/strange news for Up All Night fans.  NBC has extended the comedy’s season two order to 16 episodes, but the network is switching the show’s format to multi-camera.  Per Deadline, when the Christina Applegate and Will Arnett-fronted show returns in the spring it will be with a live audience and laugh track in tow.  It’s an odd move halfway through the show’s second season, but it’s not unprecedented.  Happy Days was a single-camera series until it switched to three cameras in its third season.

Hit the jump for more, including news on a new series from ex-Community showrunner Dan Harmon.

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