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Community Ratings

By , March 12, 2010

NBC comedies “Community” (1.9/6, 4.7 million) and “Parks and Recreation (2.1/6, 4.6 million) suffered slight week-to-week declines. “Parks,” which slightly trailed “Community” earlier this season, now seems to have caught up and passed it in the demo.

Source: Variety

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Which Thursday-Night NBC Comedy Is the Best? We Think Community

By , March 11, 2010

TV.com is trying to decide which NBC Thursday-night comedy is the best. Will CommunityParks and RecreationThe Office, or 30 Rock reign supreme?

This is what they say about Community:

Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury (by the way, you look handsome and/or pretty today), you will hear my opponents talk about how The Office has launched careers, and how Parks and Recreation has a guy with a funny mustache. But one thing you won’t hear them talk about is heart. This, my friends, is what puts freshman comedy Community ahead of the pack. The way the show’s writers have transformed a group of misfits into a tight-knit clique has been natural and heart-warming. More than just a series of non-sequitor jokes, Community puts its characters into action for a purpose and not just a chuckle. As for its competitors, The Office and Parks and Recreation are basically the same show, and 30 Rock is just an overblown Saturday Night Live sketch. Plus, what other TV show could end its Christmas episode with its cast bloodied up from a street brawl, yet still manage to be touching? Only Community. I rest my case. —Tim Surette

Read their review of the rest of the Thursday night lineup at TV.com .

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Community Second Season – The Official Announcement

By , March 6, 2010

Coming direclty from NBC:

NBC Gives Pickups To Thursday-Night Comedies ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Office’ And ‘Community’ For 2010-11

Renewals Follow Previously Announced Green-light for “Parks and Recreation” on Thursdays.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – March 5, 2010 – NBC has renewed three more of its Thursday-night comedies – “30 Rock” (9:30-10 p.m. ET), “The Office” (9-9:30 p.m. ET) and the freshman series “Community” (8-8:30 p.m. ET) for the 2010-11 season.  The returning programs join the previously announced “Parks and Recreation” (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) that also will return for next season.

The announcement was made by Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.

“We are happy to give these early pickups to these critically acclaimed, incredibly funny comedies,” said Bromstad.  ”As a result, we look forward to continuing our rewarding partnership with the respective creative teams and talented show-runners for ’30 Rock,’ ‘The Office’ and ‘Community’ as they all consistently deliver quality shows.”

First-year comedy “Community” is averaging a 2.7 rating, 7 share in adults 18-49 and 5.9 million viewers overall so far this season, with “Community” originals winning the time period among adults 18-34 and men 18-34.  Since moving to the Thursday 8-8:30 p.m. (ET) half-hour on October 8, “Community” has improved the time period by 24 percent versus NBC’s adult 18-49 average earlier in the season.

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‘Community’ gets chance to grow

By , February 25, 2010

“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.”

From The Detroit News.

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Community Creator Dan Harmon on Reference Humor, TV Love, and Whether Joel McHale’s Going to Grow a Beard

By , February 4, 2010

The New York Magazine has an interview with Community Creator Dan Harmon. Here are the highlights:

When I first started watching the show, I was initially turned off by McHale’s character, Jeff. And then very quickly, it seemed like he turned into a nice guy. Was that always the plan?
When we started out, I wanted to spend the first twelve episodes telling the story of this guy who’s this lone wolf, having his membranes dissolved by a new community. That plan sort of went awry in that I think we were more successful than we predicted we would be with making the audience comfortable with this group as an unlikely family. So really, by the Halloween episode, it already felt like we’d told the story of Jeff growing on these people and vice versa. We also didn’t predict that people would adore every single one of those characters for different reasons. It feels like we jumped light years ahead of schedule, and could do this ensemble-comedy show. … And Joel McHale can do his own thing in the background that can be some sort of geek psychological story about him overcoming his pettiness. That’s an upcoming episode, by the way.

What’s up with Jeff and Britta (Gillian Jacobs)? Are they going to be the next Pam and Jim?
That’s actually another important thing about the pop-culture aspect of the show: The characters have all watched Friends, they know Star Trek, they’ve watched The Office and 30 Rock, even. Much like the audience, they’re not going to tolerate having a “will they/won’t they” shoved in their face. The nice thing about having a character like Abed is that you can be meta, and the audience can trust you because you can send them little signals that you’re on the case.

And what about some of your other pairs, like Abed and Troy. They’re such a funny duo; was that a casting choice?
No, it was way more organic than that. I remember the writers and I being very excited about Chevy Chase’s character and Troy, how they were going to be the Beavis and Butt-head of the show. But we sort of abandoned that story, because it didn’t germinate as quickly. And then when we did that first 30-second tag that goes on the end of an episode, that rap with Troy and Abed, and people loved it so much, and you could feel the chemistry while we were shooting, it was instantly apparent that that’s the thing you go towards.

How long do you think the show can last?
Jeff is going to get a bachelor’s degree, and contrary to popular belief, you can get one of those at a community college. And so we’ve got that four-year story — is his life changed or the same? Or is something going to happen to derail the whole thing, for example, the cancellation of our show? I don’t have any ambition to be the next Laverne & Shirley, and have it run two decades. Jeff’s not going to grow a beard and start teaching there while the rest of them open a pet store across the street.

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Parks and Recreation: Season Three for NBC Sitcom; What About Community?

By , January 31, 2010

The peacock network has made a surprising early pickup and has renewed Parks and Recreation for a third season.

The Office and 30 Rock are all but guaranteed to be renewed but there’s no word on how the Parks order will affect Community’s chances for survival. The Chevy Chase freshman sitcom typically performs better than Parks so it would seem that it’s also a lock for renewal.

However, the network has eight comedy pilots in development and would likely want to keep a Thursday night timeslot open to try one or two. The network may be waiting to look at the new pilots until making a decision about Community.

We are still hoping for the good news!

Source: TV Series Finale

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NBC series get episode bumps

By , January 20, 2010

As NBC races to fill the programming void left by the “Jay Leno Show” mess, the network has picked up addition episodes of several series.
Dramas “Trauma,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU” have all received orders of at least two or three segs more.

And on the comedy side, critically acclaimed but little-seen Thursday 8 p.m. duo “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” have been handed more eps. “Community” will produce three more episodes, while “Parks and Recreation” has received an additional order for two more segs.

NBC had already ordered more than the traditional 22 episodes for “The Office” and “30 Rock.”

Source: Variety

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‘Community’ and ‘Mystery Team’ Hero Donald Glover: Class Clown

By , December 16, 2009

Donald Glover Community

Best known for appearing as a bumbling jock on NBC’s Community, 25 year-old Donald Glover’s one of the busiest guys in comedy today. He got his start in the 30 Rock writer’s room, regularly puts out viral videos on YouTube with his NYU-born sketch comedy groupDerrick, and DJs around town as “mcDJ.” The just-released Mystery Team, Glover’s feature debut, is an Encyclopedia Brown-inspired parody that blends heartfelt story with crude teen humor. Co-starring fellow Derrick members DC Pierson and Donald Dierkes, the flick tells the story of a group of overgrown child detectives, out to solve a real murder mystery before high school ends. Glover, making his way to the premiere, clued us in on Tina Fey’s influence on the Team, his 20-hour writing days, and the “ex-girlfriend” — hint: you know her, too — that he keeps on going back to.

Mystery Team comes out today. How’s that feel?
Really great. It’s nice to have something that you’ve worked on for so long come out.

How’d it come about?
We’d just finished a sketch and had some funds that we acquired from some little commercials, stuff like that. We had some money, and we were like: “We really want to do a big project.” I had just written an outline for an Encyclopedia Brown sketch that I wanted to do, but the rights were tied up and it wasn’t ever going to happen. So I had this outline for Encyclopedia Brown that I’d always wanted to do and I brought it to the guys. We loved it and we all got really into it really fast. We just fell in love with that idea, because it intrinsically wasn’t a sketch idea. We really wanted to tell a story. I’ve said it before, but in a perfect world, we would want to be the Pixar of comedy. We love Pixar’s stories and we think they’re really funny. If we could do things that really touch people that also have good jokes in them, we would do it.

When did this all start?
November 2008. We started writing it immediately. I would come home late from writing at 30 Rock and we would spend three or four hours writing the script until three in the morning, four in the morning.

Intense.
But we really wanted to do it and we knew that if we wanted to do it this year, it had to be done by, at the very latest, February, because then we would have rewrites and we’d have to start getting the crew together and have to getting all the rest of the money. So we made time. For a couple of months, I had four hours of sleep. That was me in the dark days, and we got it done.

Read the rest of the story on BlackBook Mag

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Donald Glover majors in laughs on NBC’s ‘Community’

By , November 23, 2009

Donald Glover quit his job as a writer on NBC’s “30 Rock” in the spring to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian and actor. Boston Herald has an interview with Donald Glover, and here are the highlights:

Donald Glover

The Atlanta native is accustomed to things falling into place for him. Just before he graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, he landed a job as a writer on “30 Rock.” Producers had heard about him through his work with the sketch comedy group the Upright Citizens Brigade and e-mailed him that they were looking for writers.

“It could have been a fake e-mail,” he said. “Who gets an e-mail out of nowhere like that?”

There “is this weird thing where comedians are all about struggle,” he said. “A lot of my stand-up is around my childhood, which was my most turbulent time in my life, where I felt really alone and stuff. But as far as my career, it’s been pretty smooth sailing. I can’t really complain. I’ve been extremely fortunate.”

“I always think, ‘This better be funny because Chevy Chase is watching,’ ” he said. “But I think I got a lot of that out of my system at ‘30 Rock’ because I was always working with Tina (Fey), and I was always so enthralled with all the things that she did and how amazing she was. You just realize, they’re so accomplished, but you’re all doing the same stuff. You’re trying to make the best product and make the funniest stuff happen.”

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Community Episode 10 – Rating

By , November 20, 2009

From 8-8:30 p.m. ET, “Community” averaged a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 5.1 million viewers overall. In the time period, “Community” is #1 among the major networks in adults 18-34 and men 18-34. Last night’s “Community” is up 17% versus NBC’s 18-49 season average in the time period this season prior to the “Community” debut in the slot (2.0 vs. 1.7).

[Source: RBR]

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