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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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OnMedia: My picks for TV’s top shows of 2009

By , December 22, 2009

On Milwaukee choose Community as one of the best TV shows of 2009:

1. NBC’s Thursday night comedies. Just as it was in the days of “Seinfeld” and “Cheers,” and “The Cosby Show” before that, NBC’s Thursday night is again must-see TV.

It starts at 7 p.m. with the newest entry, “Community,” created by ComedySportz alum Dan Harmon and featuring Marquette gradDanny Pudi. That’s followed by the most improved show of 2009, Amy Poehler‘s “Parks and Recreation,” which has moved beyond its roots as a clone of the documentary style of “The Office.”

This year’s “The Office” is dealing with the uncertainties of the economic mess we’re all in and “30 Rock” remains the daffiest show on television.

The best way to digest the night is to DVR the lineup and watch each episode twice, just so you don’t miss all the hidden gems.

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"Community" is NBC's best comedy pilot since "The Office" [source: Variety]

By , August 14, 2009

“Community” is NBC‘s best comedy pilot since “The Office,” but the net may be asking too much of it: After airing a few times behind “The Office” at 9:30, it will slide into the tough 8 o’clock slot that had been occupied the past couple of years by the fading “My Name Is Earl.”

A year or two ago, “Community” would have stood a better chance at succeeding, but it’s up against too many good shows this season. It also doesn’t help that its lead-out “Parks and Recreation” isn’t exactly a ratings magnet.

[read the full post in Variety]

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Help build Community Wikipedia page

By , August 14, 2009

Wikipedia has to tons of information about TV shows and cast and crew. One of our other NBC’s favorite TV show is The Office.

Help improve the Community Wikipedia page by contributing news and data to the site.

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