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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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Community: Sophomore Year Likely

By , February 3, 2010

TV By The Numbers updated their prediction for Community:

Now that Parks & Recreation has been renewed for a third season, I don’t see how NBC can not renew Community as well. It’s got the more difficult 8pm timeslot, and its doing about 10% better in the ratings.

We hope they are right!
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Katharine McPhee On Community

By , February 2, 2010
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Katharine is a HUGE Community fan and a HUGE Joel McHale fan.

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Ken Jeong’s Admiration

By , February 2, 2010

Ken talks about his favorite “Idol” visiting Community. Thursday, 8/7c

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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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Alison Brie Is A Complex Woman

By , January 31, 2010

Alison Brie is one of television’s most versatile actresses, staring on both NBC’s Community and AMC’s Mad Men. She’s also super attractive and Complex Magazine seems to have taken note of that fact. The magazine recently sat down with Brie for their upcoming issue. To preview this, the magazine posted a short video of the shoot.

Source: Newestra

Alison Brie

An old interview with Alison Brie on Complex is here

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Joel McHale, Chevy Chase & Katharine McPhee ‘Goofing Off’ on ‘Community’

By , January 29, 2010

A cute behind-the-scenes Look at Community 1.17 (most likely airing in the first part of March), guest starring Katherine McPhee:

Source: livejournal

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Celebrity Scoop: Yvette Nicole Brown

By , January 28, 2010

Zap2It has an article about Community star Yvette Nicole Brown. Here is the highlight:
A solid role on a sitcom gives an actor recognition and a steady paycheck as NBC’s “Community,” airing Thursdays, has done for Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley. But it took a supporting role on a kids cable station comedy to give her celeb status.

It was her stint as Helen, the loud theater manager on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh,” that made Brown a star among kids.

“The greatest gift I got from ‘Drake & Josh’ is I am ridiculously famous with children,” Brown, 38, says. “If you are going to be famous, that’s the segment to be famous with. I cannot walk down the street without a face peeking out from behind a tree. It’s a ball of joy that greets me everywhere in the world. It was my first bit of steady employment.”

“Shirley is becoming me at a rate I am really afraid of,” Brown says. “I love people and am such a cheerleader.”

Yvette Nicole Brown

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Alison Brie Behind-The-Scenes Interview

By , January 25, 2010

Alison Brie, came in for an interview on Attack of the Show. They caught her to talk about what we can expect to see on future episodes of Community.

Read more: g4tv

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Community Episode 14 Ratings

By , January 22, 2010

At 8 p.m. Fox was first with a season-high 3.5 for the surging “Bones,” followed by CBS with a 2.3 for back-to-back repeats of “The Big Bang Theory.” NBC was third with a 2.0 for “Community” (2.1) and “Parks and Recreation” (2.0), ABC fourth with a 1.8 for “End,” CW fifth with a 1.6 for “Diaries” and Univision fifth with a 1.3 for “Hasta que el Dinero Nos Separe.”

Source: Media Life Magazine

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