McHale admitted to Gold Derby senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum that earning Emmy recognition for “Community” remains an uphill battle. “With the competition we’re up against on Thursday nights (“The Big Bang Theory” on CBS and “American Idol” on Fox), it’s tough. I hope there’s awareness for it.”
Were he to be nominated, McHale says he is lucky to have a load of episodes from which to choose one for screening by the Emmy judging panels. In addition to “Intro to Political Science” (where he performs “Faith” while running for student government), he is also considering “Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking” (his character both hopes and fears his long-lost father might visit) and “Critical Film Studies” (parodies of “My Dinner with Andre” and “Pulp Fiction” have him opening up about his past).
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.”
As fans of NBC’s “Community” know, last night’s (Thursday) episode, “Critical Film Studies,” began with Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), wearing a suit straight out of “Reservoir Dogs” (OK, it was actually out of “Pulp Fiction,” but it’s the same suit), walking to to a dinner engagement.
In voiceover, he says, “It was my friend Abed’s birthday. I had met Abed at community college almost two years earlier. His obsession with pop culture had always alienated him. He’d quote movies, pretend his life was a TV show. He watched ‘Cougar Town.’ It was as if he didn’t want people to like him.”
At dinner, Abed (Danny Pudi) tells Jeff of his love of the ABC sitcom “Cougar Town,” co-created by Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel, and tells an elaborate story that ends with him having an accident in his pants (in the story he’s telling, not at dinner).
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