Community Enrolls Anthony Michael Hall [source: TV Guide]

By , October 31, 2009

In the pilot of Community, NBC’s sitcom about an unlikely study group at a small college, several jokes were made about how the students’ situation mirrored the beloved ’80s movie The Breakfast Club, and the episode was dedicated to John Hughes, the film’s writer-director, who had recently passed away.

Now TV Guide Magazine has learned exclusively that one of the movie’s stars, Anthony Michael Hall, will be making a guest appearance in Community’s Christmas episode, airing Dec. 10. Only for Hall, the tables will be turned–he played the timid nerd in Breakfast Club, but in Community, he’ll play a bully who challenges Jeff (Joel McHale) to a fight.

On Oct. 29, the cast was shooting a scene in which Mike (Hall)–who sports a cop’s mustache for the role–disrupts a Spanish test and tosses Jeff’s test to the floor. Rather than intercede, Senor Chang (Ken Jeong), the class’s extraordinarily jaded instructor, watches the confrontation with delight. During shooting, McHale ad-libbed copiously, referring to Mike variously as “Chuck Norris,” “Shaun Cassidy” and “Tom Selleck.”

Alison Brie, who plays Annie on the series, says, “We all freaked out when Hall’s casting was announced. I blushed profusely. I couldn’t help but let him know that I’ve been a big fan. It’s funny, because Annie’s the nerdy character, and we referenced The Breakfast Club in the pilot and in episodes. I always considered my character the Anthony Michael Hall of the group, because she’s always the one doing the studying and she would be the one who would write the essay for the group. So for me to come to face-to-face with him now—it’s a paradox that’s happening. We’re rocking the time-space continuum.”

McHale adds, tongue-in-cheek, “When I first heard about it, I said to the producers, ‘That’s great–you’ve got the Breakfast Club homage going,’ and they said, ‘Huh? Oh, right! Of course!’ But it’s also cool because it’s the first time Anthony and Chevy Chase have worked together since the first Vacation movie.”

Anthony Michael Hall Community
[source: TV Guide]

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Some Community Episode 7 Reviews

By , October 30, 2009

Coming from Time:

Community: Excellent episode for a show that has had a couple off weeks. Its a good sign that Community seems to be getting to know its characters increasingly well, as shown in little moments like Senor Chang reaching out to calm Annie’s over-emphatic hand gestures. (By the way, Alison Brie has shown flashes of comedy as Trudy on Mad Men, but she is absolutely killing on this show.) And kudos to the show for landing “Mexican Halloween sex position” at the top of the Google Trends list this morning.
(Extra credit question: When I watch Community on screener DVDs, the show’s excellent cootie-catcher title-sequence and theme song run in full, but in the episodes I’ve seen on air, the sequence is drastically cut down. Which version did you get last night?)

And The Wrap:

There’s hope for intelligent comedy. NBC’s “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” had their biggest audiences of the season. And why not? These are damn fine half-hours, particularly “Parks and Rec,” which is quickly becoming TV MoJoe’s favorite show currently airing right now. (Yes, even more than “Chuck.” But no, not as much as “Lost”).

The rating is also getting better:
NBC: “Community” (5.5 million, 3.6/6)/”Parks and Recreation” (5 million, 3.2/5)

And you can find a “Community” recap of the episode at Starplus

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Community Episode 7

By , October 30, 2009

Here are some clips for you:

And here is parts of Adam Sepinwall’s review of the episode, you can find the rest in his blog:

“Introduction to Statistics” was the strongest episode the show’s done in several weeks. It made good use of the whole ensemble, giving every character a chance to shine without anyone’s schtick feeling overdone (there was just the right amount of Abed doing his Christian Bale impression, for instance), and the humor was a nice mix of character-driven conflict (Pierce’s fear of being old, Jeff trying to get the teacher to bend her No Students rule), broad comedy (Annie loudly weeping to get Jeff to come to the party, Pierce’s bad trip), random pop culture references (Pierce as the Beastmaster, Troy dressed up as Eddie Murphy from “Delirious,” Batman saving the day as Pierce’s desk fort collapsed) and sharp dialogue (Starburns complaining, “My heart stopped beating fast and I can’t pee!”). Plus, Chevy Chase got to revive one of my favorite gags from “Spies Like Us” in the way Pierce dealt with his mother on the phone.

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Seacrest Hails Joel McHale

By , October 29, 2009

Ryan gets minion Jason Kennedy to visit McHale on the set of his high-budget network show Community to delve into the heavy topics: money, men in makeup and Ryan Seacrest.

[source: E! Online]

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Danny Pudi does Batman for hilarious 'Community' Halloween [source: Chicago Now]

By , October 29, 2009

In the comedy’s Halloween episode Thursday, Pudi’s socially awkward Abed tones down his frenetic persona to be the Dark Knight at the Day of the Dead party his classmate, Annie (Alison Brie), is throwing for their Spanish class.

“It was such a treat to play Batman,” Chicago native Pudi told Chicago Now via e-mail Wednesday. “But it wasn’t the first time. There was one Halloween … around 1990 when I played the Dark Knight. That Batman was a little more innocent and the costume wasn’t as good. I believe it was from Walgreens and made of plastic.”

Tonight’s episode, directed by “The Fast and the Furious” helmer Justin Lin, is mostly a showcase for his more famous co-star, that guy named Chevy Chase, whose non-traditional student Pierce, with the aid of illegal drugs and a Beastmaster costume, comes to terms with being old. It’s a marvelous episode filled with sharp social commentary and great physical comedy from Chase.
“I spent much of the week laughing at the insanity,” Pudi wrote. “Chevy Chase plays Beastmaster complete with a fake bird on his arm. I’m just happy I was there to witness that.”

Read the full story here.

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Batman Goes…."Community"? [source: Comic Book Movie]

By , October 29, 2009

Has the Dark Knight decided to give up Gotham City and start attending community college? That would seem to be the case based on tonight’s episode of NBC’s “Community,” the sitcom starring The Soup’s Joel McHale.
Batman on Community


By , October 29, 2009

ifmagazine has an interview with the star of Community, Gillian Jacobs, who plays Brita. Here are some parts of the interview:

iF: Were you looking specifically to do comedy when you auditioned for COMMUNITY?

GILLIAN JACOBS: Well, I’d done a lot of independent drama, actually, a lot of really serious, humorless movies [laughs] in the last couple of years, so I was certainly really excited about the idea of doing [comedy]. I wasn’t necessarily looking to do a pilot this year, but I read the script and it made me laugh out loud, which very few scripts do, so when I went in, I was very excited about this project. I hadn’t done a lot of comedy before I did this pilot.

iF: Is your character Britta sort of the ‘straight’ person among the eccentrics in the study group?

JACOBS: A bit. It’s interesting, because in the pilot, definitely she’s the straight woman, and she’s responding to Jeff [played by Joel McHale], going, ‘You’re absurd, that’s outrageous, what are you doing?’ But then as the scripts go along, you start to see her quirks. She’s not a perfect character, she’s not without her own foibles, so those start to come out as the scripts go along.

iF: In which ways is Britta quirky?

JACOBS: I would say she has a fixation on seeming like she knows about fringe politics, she knows about things that are happening in different parts of the world that nobody else is paying attention to and maybe she feels a little bit smug about that, and she also wants to take care of all the people, and she wants Jeff to treat everyone well, but sometimes she gets blinded by that and maybe is not really focusing on what is actually best for a person. She’s the sort of girl who would say, ‘Popular/unpopular, that’s an absurd construct that you’ve created, I’m not going to buy into it.’ But she definitely takes a strong interest in all of the people in that study group and she wants them to do well. I think the great thing about this show is that it kind of puts the pin in everybody. Everybody comes in with an idea of themselves and how they present themselves to the world, and through the show, [we see], ‘Actually, this is the part of yourself that you’re not really acknowledging right now.’ So I think that happens to all of us.

iF: Do you have any real-life experience of community college?

JACOBS: When I was little, I took dance classes at community college. But I went to Juilliard, so that’s a very different kind of world. I went to school with 15 people, and I was kind of locked in a room with them for four years. That’s similar I guess to the study group, being locked in a room together.
gillian jacobs on Community

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Community Episode 7 – Introduction to Statistics – More Videos

By , October 26, 2009

In next week’s Community Episode 7 Annie plans a Halloween party for her Spanish Class and extends invites to everyone.
Here is a new preview – enjoy !

'Community,' 'Parks and Rec,' 'Mercy' get full seasons

By , October 23, 2009

Great news! Community got picked up for a full season!

This was announced today by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“We are very pleased with the critical and audience reaction to our wonderful new comedy ‘Community,’” said Bromstad. “The cast and producers are delivering a first-rate, quality show that is very promising as the newest of NBC’s first-rate Thursday-night comedies.”

“Community” has averaged a 2.6 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.7 million viewers overall so far this season. Since shifting to the Thursday 8-8:30 p.m. (ET) slot on October 8, “Community” has improved the time period by 12 percent in adults 18-49 versus NBC’s average in the time period earlier this season. “Community” is also one of the most upscale series on primetime broadcast television, ranking #3 in concentration of homes with $100,000-plus incomes in its adult 18-49 audience.

“Community” comes from Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”) and Emmy Award winners Joe and Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”). The smart comedy series concerns a band of misfits who attend Greendale Community College. At the center of the group is Jeff Winger (Joel McHale, “The Soup”), a fast-talkin’ lawyer whose degree has been revoked. With some help from his fellow classmates, Winger forms a study group who eventually learn more about themselves than their course work.

Also among the series stars who comprise the group are: Chevy Chase (“Chuck”) as Pierce, a man whose life experience has brought him infinite wisdom; Gillian Jacobs (“The Book of Daniel”) as Britta, the 28-year-old dropout with something to prove; Yvette Nicole Brown (“Rules of Engagement”) as Shirley, a sassy middle-aged divorcee; Danny Pudi (“Greek”) as Abed, a pop-culture junkie; Alison Brie (“Mad Men”) as Annie, a high-strung perfectionist; Donald Glover (“30 Rock”) as Troy, a former high school football star trying to find his way and Ken Jeong (“The Hangover”) as Spanish professor, Senor Chang.

“Community” is a Krasnoff Foster Entertainment, Harmonious Claptrap, Russo Brothers production, Universal Media Studios production in association with Sony Pictures Television. Russ Krasnoff (“The Soloist”), Dan Harmon (“The Sarah Silverman Program”), Joe Russo (“Arrested Development”), Anthony Russo (“Arrested Development”), Garrett Donovan (“Scrubs”), Neil Goldman (“Scrubs”) and Gary Foster (“The Soloist”) serve as executive producers.

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Community Episode 7 – Introduction to Statistics

By , October 23, 2009

In next week’s Community Episode 7 Annie plans a Halloween party for her Spanish Class and extends invites to everyone.

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