Gillian Jacobs is the latest cast member from NBC’s half-hour junior-college send-up “Community” to spend her summer hiatus on a movie set. She’s currently in Los Angeles shooting the indie comedy “Let Go,” a project from first-time writer-director-producer Brian Jett that also stars David Denman, Kevin Hart and Ed Asner.
Set to wrap production at the end of June and targeting a debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, the film casts Denman – best known as John Krasinksi’s rival during the first three seasons of “The Office” – as a parole officer dealing with midlife crises.
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Can a positive critical re-evaluation and heightening buzz help a struggling series when Emmy season rolls around? NBC is about to find out when it sees how voters respond to “Community.”
“As our season progressed, critics were starting to say nice things about our show,” series creator Dan Harmon notes.
Already, the number of critics enthusiastically jumping on the show’s bandwagon over the course of the season has helped secure the low-rated sitcom — starring Joel McHale and Chevy Chase as students at a mediocre community college — a second-season renewal.
“There wasn’t a great ratings story for the show, but increasingly, there was a lot of online chatter and critics standing up for the show,” says Jeff Ingold, Executive Vice President, Comedy Programming, NBC and Universal Media Studios, in charge of comedy development. “That helps in keeping a show strong in terms of how it’s perceived by the network. Hearing from objective third parties can keep these shows alive while waiting for audiences to find them.”
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Danny Pudi, the star of the vastly hilarious NBC sitcom Community, has joined the cast of The Knights of Badassdom.
Joe Lynch, who previously helmed Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, will direct the horror/comedy from a script by Kevin Dreyfuss and Matt Wall.
Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Steve Zahn (Shattered Glass) and Peter Dinklage (Death at a Funeral) will also star as a group of LARPers who accidentally release a real-life demon.
For those of you who have either been to a renaissance festival nor seen the films Darkon or Role Models, LARPers are middle ages enthusiasts who dress in medieval costumes and engage in faux-combat with fake weapons.
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Mystery Team Sword Club, ASSEMBLE! The Donald Glover for SPIDER-MAN campaign has officially begun. It all started when the idea of casting an African-American Spider-Man in the upcoming Marc Webb SPIDER-MAN reboot was purposed and Glover’s name was casually thrown into the ring. Soon, Glover (who most recently stared in the cult hit MYSTERY TEAM and stars on NBC’s Community) caught wind of the idea and it’s all snowballed from there.
Obviously pleased with the idea of playing Spider-Man (honestly what nerd wouldn’t be?) Glover went to work on getting the buzz out. The “hash-tag” #donald4spiderman was created and the subsequent re-tweet bomb dropped.
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Jim Rash, better known as Dean Pelton, will be shown on this Wednesday’s episode of Top Chef Masters on Bravo. On the show, he introduces one of the coolest challenge on this season yet: crowdsourcing ingredients at an improv comedy show.
Something Weird is Happening
The chefs are at The Groundlings for a good time but something doesn’t seem right about this improv performance.