Here are the thoughts of comedian Donald Glover, 26, who plays Troy on the NBC sitcom “Community.” on Black History Month:
“We [America] are made of so many different parts. That’s important, to look at all the achievements that have been made. As for Black History Month in general, I’m kinda like, ‘Eh. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I don’t think a month is really substantial. I don’t think it’s a thing that can be bundled into a month. In a larger aspect, I don’t want to be categorized. I think a lot of African Americans have a lot of trouble trying to break out of categories of what people think they are and who they are, and you don’t ever want to label yourself.”
03/18/2010 (08:00PM – 08:30PM) (Thursday) : “Beginner Pottery”-JEFF SHOWS OFF HIS COMPETITIVE SIDE IN POTTERY CLASS-Jeff (Joel McHale) unexpectedly takes interest in his new pottery class when another student shows natural talent. Meanwhile, Pierce (Chevy Chase) brings Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) and Troy (Donald Glover) along for a ride at his boating class. Ken Jeong, Danny Pudi and Alison Brie also star.
“The thing I love about NBC is that comedies have a chance to grow their legs,” said Gillian Jacobs, who plays Britta. Jacobs and her cast mates talked about the show’s future during a recent set visit at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. “NBC allowed ’30 Rock’ to find its legs, they allowed ‘The Office’ to find its audience, and look at ‘Parks and Recreation.’ It really is taking off this year.”
Dan Harmon, the creator, head writer and executive producer behind “Community” describes NBC’s Thursday-night comedy lineup as a brand and his show as a part of that brand. “We’re like an emcee for an evening of fantastic comedy,” Harmon said. “They put us on at 8 o’clock and we really hold our ground.”
Some photos of Katharine McPhee guest starring as Mike on NBC’s COMMUNITY “Basic Genealogy” Episode 17 airing Thursday March 4 (9:30-10 p.m. ET) coming to us from Daemon’s TV.
Episode Synopsis: COMMUNITY “Basic Genealogy” Episode 17 – Jeff tries to help Pierce connect with his stepdaughter (Katharine McPhee) on Greendale’s Family Day.
Joel McHale, “Jeff Winger”
Chevy Chase, “Pierce”
And additional members of the cast and creative team.
Boasting a crack ensemble cast led by Joel McHale as wisecracking disgraced lawyer Jeff Winger, Community follows the misadventures of a quirky group of students at Greendale Community College, an institute of less than higher learning. Creator Dan Harmon’s cult credentials are impeccable—he’s behind Channel 101 and The Sarah Silverman Program, among other alt-comedy favorites—and Community is an intriguing and wholly successful move into mainstream, ready-for-primetime entertainment. A critical and popular success, Community delights with its rapid-fire, off-kilter comedy, its fundamentally humane heart, and a perfectly deployed Chevy Chase as ragingly inappropriate moist towelette tycoon Pierce Hawthorne.
TV Squad has an interview with Alison Brie, on of the stars of ‘Community’. Here are the highlights:
What are we going see from Annie coming up?
Well, I think we’re gonna see Annie maturing a little bit more, and she develops a love interest in the next couple episodes. You see her mature in certain ways, I think, and just in terms of how naïve she is, I think you do kind of see her growing.
Was it tough to play someone who’s 18 and just out of high school?
No! I don’t know why it’s easy for me to connect with that part of myself. And you know, it wasn’t that long ago, so it’s easy, and it’s fun for me to connect with that part, that sheltered girl that is having her first crush and her first kiss, and try to relive those moments through Annie.
Whereas ‘Community’ (compared to “Mad-Man”) is more free-flowing jokes?
Absolutely. It’s just a crazy free-for-all. Again, we do have great respect for the writing and for the work, but because it’s a comedy, I think they want us to have that much fun all the time, and it trickles into the episodes, you know?
The 88, who performs the theme for NBC’s Community, and have had songs featured in You Me and Dupree, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, and ads for Sears and Target, are headed back in time to tour with The Kinks. Well, not really. Instead, they will be the back-up band for the upcoming solo tour by The Kinks’ singer and songwriter Ray Davies.
The 60th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, Feb. 14, recognized the outstanding editing of 2009. Top honors for Best Edited Feature Film, Drama went to The Hurt Locker, edited by Bob Murawski and Chris Innis, while Best Edited Feature Film, Comedy or Musical went to The Hangover editor Debra Neil-Fisher, A.C.E.
The black-tie ceremony was held in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel with over 1,000 in attendance to celebrate the achievements in the art and craft of editing. The glittering, crystal-embellished stage was a fitting backdrop for the star-studded event. ACE president Randy Roberts, A.C.E. presided over the evening, which was produced by the organization’s executive director, Jenni McCormick. Joel McHale, the star of Talk Soup and NBC’s Community, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. He quipped to the enthusiastic crowd that, “Without editors, films would be wandering, confusing and hundreds of hours long.”
The TV Addict – Good News: Working in its favor: The show seems to get funnier week after week. Plus, if there’s one thing NBC does do right, it’s nurture ratings anemic freshman comedies (see: THE OFFICE, PARKS AND RECREATION and 30 ROCK) Working against it: Emphasis on ‘ratings anemic,’ with COMMUNITY averaging a mere five million viewers and regularly coming fourth in its timeslot. Renewal Odds: Positive.
As for the comedies, ‘Community’ is weak ratings wise, but so is ‘Parks & Recreation.’ If one has to go to make way for new product, it’ll be ‘Community.’ Still to be determined is ‘Parenthood,’ which has aired yet. NBC needs a massive cardiac jolt so don’t be shocked to see nice shows like ‘Community’ and ‘Mercy’ dumped. It’s not fair, but that’s TV.
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