Well it would’ve been easy to write Pierce out of the show at the end of last season when he quit the study group and stormed off …
[Last season], no one had any idea whether I would or wouldn’t come back, but who in God’s name in this country would care?
Dan Harmon is trying to laugh about the ratings situation. Speaking with Deadline in a new interview, Harmon does recognize that the show pulls in low numbers — but also seems to believe that the ratings system is not entirely accurate:
“Nothing we really do works in terms of ratings. As far as critical respect goes, you can see a meteoric upward curve happening in the second season. If I only looked at our Nielsens, I wouldn’t even know that our show was on the air, much less if it was doing better or worse, because our audience is that small. The Nielsens were invented when television was splitting 200 million people three ways. Now, if somebody’s cat happens to turn on the TV, my numbers can double. It’s almost unrelated to what’s really happening.”
Once one knows the rules, one can break them. That’s the case with NBC’s“Community” and its creator Dan Harmon. He knows what makes a successful sitcom, but then he turns it on its head. Thursday’s (April 21) episode, “Paradigms of Human Memory” is a great example of that.
“I think we’d all agree we worked as a cohesive group better than we’ve ever had,” Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley, tells Zap2it. “We had such a limited amount of time and so much to shoot. So, it was literally us running, running, running to get everything we needed for that episode.”
“I don’t know how they’re going to fit it all into 22, 23 minutes,” Joel McHale, who plays Jeff, tells us. “But if they do, I know it will be a spectacular episode.”
“Community” creator and executive producer Dan Harmon joins director and executive producer Joe Russo; series producer Jake Aust; supervising sound editor/re-recording mixer Mark Binderl; and director of photography Gary Hatfield for a 2011 NAB Show session titled “Community: Intelligent Comedy Meets Innovative Production,” on Tuesday, April 12 at 2pm in the Content Theater. The 2011 NAB Show takes place April 9-14 in Las Vegas.
After lampooning everything from “The Godfather” to “Pulp Fiction” to “Dungeons and Dragons,” NBC’s sophomore series “Community” continues to stockpile fans. Its nimble cast, inspired writing and quirky performances have made the series a favorite with consumers and critics alike. Behind the scenes, imagination is also part of the show’s success, with the production team utilizing an innovative file-based production workflow, allowing producers to keep the series both flexible and economical.
Happy Friday! If you missed last night’s episode of Community, make sure to watch it here. Additionally, look below for hilarious highlight clips featuring Jeff in jail, Troy and Abed pleading their case to Britta, and this week’s EndTag that shows how close the study group has grown. Don’t miss the fantastic behind-the-scenes look at the making of “Custody Law & Eastern European Diplomacy” along with some advice from Dan Harmon! Enjoy!
Ep 218: Chang in Chains?
Shirley finds a way to crush Chang’s dream of playing a fatherly role in her child’s life.
Ep 218: Troy and Abed Draw the Line.
Troy and Abed don’t want Britta to ruin another one of their budding friendships.
Ep 218: The Social Network
The GCC gang loves hanging out – as long as they can bring their favorite gadgets.
The One That Sticks
Bonus dialogue! Star interviews! Dan Harmon! Check out here!
Last night’s episode had so many good moments – including Troy’s secret fascination with LeVar Burton. And, as you’ll see in the latest behind-the-scenes clip, is Yvette Nicole Brown’s favorite Community storyline so far!
Ep 216: Daddy Issues
Jeff’s suspicions are aroused when he gets a call from his “father.”
Ep 216: Never Meet Your Idol
Troy clams up when he finally meets his idol, LeVar Burton.
The Writing Process
Go backstage with Dan Harmon and his crew of writers and cast members!
Here some stories from the filming of last week’s episode from Donald Glover and Joel McHale, get a tour of the Community set with the incredibly charismatic Danny Pudi and hear from Dan Harmon how you can help create the next behind the scenes video. Just use the hashtag #askcommunity and you can provide feedback and ideas for future episodes!
Wild, Loud and Sniglidy
Exclusive! The Community cast takes you behind the scenes on Stages 31 and 32. Submit your questions on Twitter #askcommunity.
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