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If you were wondering what Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan’s answer to the Muppet Babies would be, it would probably be something along these lines. The vast age differences among the characters be damned, this would adorable! Ooooh, what wonderful adventures they would have! (And what gruesome deaths some of them will suffer in the future.)
The piece is called “Breaking Lab” and it was done by Patrick Ballesteros. Be sure to visit his official site to see more of his wonderful work. »
- Eli Reyes
I really have to commend Community for how subtle it has been in the handling of Donald Glover’s departure. I would’ve expected any other comedy to make a lot of noise in the aftermath of his final episode, shoving the gaping black hole he’s leaving behind in our faces. I am quite thankful this hasn’t been Community’s goal. Troy has been mentioned, but fleetingly and only as a subconscious motivator for certain storylines, specifically those involving Abed. It would’ve been much more annoying to endure several episodes of Abed bemoaning the loss of his best friend, instead we are smartly treated to the stories of a young man trying to find his way on his own. It’s still about Troy in a sense, but not in a way that is obnoxious. These are Abed’s stories and his friendship with Troy informs them in a heart-warming way. »
- Brody Gibson
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses! This week there are two columns inspired by True Detective, partially because True Detective was a thought-provoking TV show which deserves a significant amount of thoughtful analysis, but mainly because I missed a column last week. Yesterday: A consideration of where the show’s ending fits into the pantheon. Today: A meditation on the show’s meaning, or lack thereof. Spoilers follow.
At the end of True Detective’s second episode, philosophizing detective »
- Darren Franich
Did you see Vince Gilligan on Community last night? The Breaking Bad creator had a cameo appearance on this week’s episode of the NBC comedy series. Gilligan appears as a Southern cowboy guide on a vintage Vcr game played by Abed and Annie. He also appeared in a post-credits sequence with Gina Gershon. Watch both […]
- Peter Sciretta
Community Season 5, Episode 9 “Vcr Maintenance and Educational Publishing”
Written by Donald Diego
Directed by Tristram Shapeero
Airs Thursday nights at 8pm Et on NBC
Although Community‘s largely been a lighter show in tone the last few weeks, the darkness of the show’s recent departures have lingered in the background – particularly with Abed, whose friendship with Troy was the show’s emotional center. It takes a little while to get there (thanks to the distracting, mostly pointless Shirley plot), but “Vcr Maintenance” uses a little bit of stunt casting to its advantage, accelerating the friction between Abed and Annie first seen in “Virtual Systems Analysis” (hence the nod to that episode in the image seen above), ultimately circling back to Abed and his ever-present fear of being left alone (as he says, sometimes it happens and he doesn’t even know why).
There’s no doubting “Vcr Maintenance” is »
- Randy Dankievitch
The world knows Vince Gilligan better for his work behind the camera -- he's the creator of "Breaking Bad." But last night "Community" gave the writer-producer some time as an actor, sort of, as the screen-within-a-screen host of a long-discontinued VHS game called "Pile of Bullets" that Abed's (Danny Pudi) girlfriend Rachel (Brie Larson) bought at a thrift store. Gilligan's real moment in the sun came with the episode's end tag, a flashback to 1993 that reveals Gilligan's character abandoned a job at Apple computers for a potential career in the budding field of video tape boardgames and a probable cocaine addiction. On the plus side, he's married to Gina Gershon, despite the bad advice she gives out. Maybe these crazy kids are destined for some sort of alternate universe "Breaking Bad" scenario. Take a look: »
- Alison Willmore
The world knows Vince Gilligan better for his work behind the camera -- he's the creator of "Breaking Bad." But last night "Community" gave the writer-producer some time as an actor, sort of, as the screen-within-a-screen host of a long-discontinued VHS game called "Pile of Bullets" that Abed's (Danny Pudi) girlfriend Rachel (Brie Larson) bought at a thrift store. Gilligan's real moment in the sun came with the episode's end tag, a flashback to 1993 that reveals Gilligan's character abandoned a job at Apple computers for a potential career in the budding field of video tape boardgames and a probable cocaine addiction. On the plus side, he's married to Gina Gershon, despite the bad advice she gives out. Maybe these crazy kids are destined for some sort of alternate universe "Breaking Bad" scenario. Take a look:
- Alison Willmore
Review Mark Harrison 14 Mar 2014 - 07:32
After a run of inventive, bonkers episodes, Community feels somewhat generic this week. Here's Mark's review...
This review contains spoilers.
5.9 Vcr Maintenance And Educational Publishing
“If Rachel or I win, Rachel moves in. If you or Anthony win, I'll gladly surrender, and count down the days until he eats me.”
After a blinding run of episodes, Vcr Maintenance And Educational Publishing feels almost generic. Well, not generic- there's no show that could do an episode that was principally about a Wild West-themed Vcr-based board game, and come off as generic. But as we approach the final stretch of the fifth season, this marks the first point since the gas-leak year where it (at least partly) feels like a product of its own tropes.
The main issue is really that the B-plot overwhelms much of the central premise - perhaps that's inevitable, given how more »
Naturally, the "Community" Season 5 episode that features "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan has to involve a descent into crime. Only the crime doesn't involve meth here -- it's about textbooks. And Vince Gilligan has nothing to do with the illegal book racket. Instead, he appears as a cowboy in a 1990s-era Vcr game..
In order to make some sense of any of this, please enjoy the following recap of "Vcr Maintenance and Educational Publishing."
Never let Shirley near a vice
For someone who is so good and moral most of the time, Shirley sure likes her descents into crime and debauchery. This week's temptation comes in the form of chemistry books. Along with Jeff and Professor Hickey, Shirley finds a hoard of brand-new textbooks in a storage room.
Naturally, the group immediately comes up with a plan to capitalize on this. They're prodded a bit by the fact that paychecks »
A quick review of tonight's "Community" coming up just as soon as I move inland where lumber is more plentiful... I did a long interview with Dan Harmon the other day about both "Community" and "Rick & Morty" that I hope to publish sometime soon (though the transcript will be book-length), and at one point I asked about this season's shift away from putting Jim Rash into dresses and other funny costumes. Harmon laughed, noting that this week's episode would in fact open with the Dean in a funny costume, and that it would then involve Rash doing perhaps the funniest thing he's ever done on the show before. Considering the Dean's reaction to Jeff in aviators, this seemed a rather high bar to clear. But Pelton's freestyle rap apology about the delayed payday — while dressed as a Payday bar — at a minimum came awfully close, especially given the Dean's terrified »
- Alan Sepinwall
A&E has pulled Those Who Kill from the schedule after two weeks. The crime drama has failed to hold onto the audience of its lead-in Bates Motel. However, A&E isn’t cancelling the show yet, the channel plans on relaunching the show.
CBS has renewed The Big Bang Theory for three seasons. That will keep the show on the air until the spring of 2017.
This works as a still from tonight’s episode or as a group reaction to the renewal.
If you want to see the best challenges in reality TV you should be watching the amazing King of the Nerds, which airs its finale tonight. Then again, it’s impossible to do any better than to have a “navigate a laser maze to rescue George Takei” challenge.
- Lyle Masaki
Damon Herriman might just be the busiest Aussie actor in Hollywood, juggling roles in three Us TV series.
Well known in the Us from the FX series Justified, Herriman has just started shooting the CBS pilot Battle Creek in Los Angeles and is in final negotiations for a role as a regular in the cable series Flesh and Bone.
The plot follows Claire, a young ballet dancer with a troubled past (Black Swan.s Sarah Hay), who joins a top-notch ballet company in New York. The producers say the series will explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.
Herriman is cast as Romeo, a strange and engaging homeless guy who lives on the roof of Claire's Lower East side building. »
- Don Groves
(Cbr) "Transformers" franchise veteran Josh Duhamel will return to television with a lead role in Battle Creek, the new CBS drama from "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan. According to Deadline, he’ll play sincere, and maybe even naive, FBI agent Milton Chamberlain, who teams with police Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters of "30 Rock" and "Rescue Me") to clean up the streets of Battle Creek, Michigan. Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Aubrey Dollar, Edward Fordham Jr. and Damon Herriman co-star. "X-Men: Days of Future Past" director Bryan Singer will helm the pilot; "House" producer Howard Shore will serve as showrunner. Duhamel, who got his start on the daytime soap "All My Children," starred in all five seasons of NBC’s "Las Vegas." »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
The Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder is delivering a new series to Adult Swim, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Black Jesus follows a modern-day Jesus living in Compton and trying to “spread love and kindness” in the neighborhood.
I know some of you were disappointed that Mason Dye wouldn’t be sticking around for the Flowers in the Attic sequel, but E! has some news that should make up for that. Dye has joined the cast of Teen Wolf. Even better, he’ll be playing a new, gay member of the lacrosse team. Dye isn’t the only new cast member who will play a part of the lacrosse team, Khylin Rhambo and Dylan Sprayberry are also joining the supernatural drama.
Does this mean we’ll finally get to see more of Danny?
- Lyle Masaki
Fox has announced that the fourth season of its comedy "Raising Hope" will be its last. The series comes to an end with an hourlong farewell on Friday, April 4th.
Producers indicate the fourth season finale was shot in a way that works as a series finale. The series, which has averaged 3.3 million viewers this season, is one of the few veteran comedies that Fox has opted not to renew. [Source: THR]
Josh Duhamel has joined David Shore and Vince Gilligan's new police drama "Battle Creek". Duhamel plays Detective Milton Chamberlain, a nice-guy FBI agent from Detroit who teams with tough, impatient police detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Michigan.
- Garth Franklin
After AMC’s Breaking Bad ended on such an incredibly high note, all eyes turned to creator Vince Gilligan, with many wondering if there was any hope of him ever masterminding a show that could match that drama (widely considered to be one of the finest TV shows of all time) in terms of critical acclaim and off-the-charts ratings. So, there’s a lot of attention being paid to Gilligan’s next project, CBS police drama Battle Creek, set to premiere this fall. Now, CBS has announced that the show recently snagged Josh Duhamel for a leading role.
Though Duhamel’s past acting credits, which include the Transformers franchise, New Year’s Eve and Life As We Know It, aren’t stellar, I can’t deny that the idea of watching the Hollywood star team up with Law & Order: Svu‘s Dean Winters (cast earlier this month) holds a certain appeal. »
- Isaac Feldberg
How do you follow up Breaking Bad? It’s maybe the single greatest show from start to end of all time. Seriously. How do you follow up your masterpiece? That is just what Vince Gilligan is wondering right now. Well, word is, Vince Gilligan cast Josh Duhamel in new CBS show, Battle Creek. Well, it’s got a [&hellip
- Remy Carreiro
Josh Duhamel is heading to “Battle Creek.” The “Transformers” star has signed on for the upcoming CBS drama series, from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and former “House” boss David Shore. Also read: Bryan Singer to Direct Vince Gilligan's CBS Drama ‘Battle Creek’ When two detectives, FBI Special Agent Milton Chamberlain and Battle Creek Police Department Det. Russ Agnew (“Rescue Me” alum Dean Winters), who have very different world views and are teamed up. The pair must answer the question: Is cynicism, guile and deception enough to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek in the face of a complete lack. »
- Tim Kenneally
With Bryan Singer on board to call the shots for the launch episode, the new cop drama Battle Creek has been busy building its cast. Executive producers Vince Gilligan and David Shore are adding Josh Duhamel to an ensemble that already features Dean Winters.Battle Creek is set in the titular, troubled Michigan town. Hit by hard economic times, it’s a festering sore of crime and other social issues. A team formed by Winters’ tough-nosed, pessimistic detective Russ Agnew and Duhamel’s optimistic FBI agent Milton Chamberlain are charged with cleaning up the streets, but that's no easy task when their resources are severely limited and their worldviews clash at every turn.Fortunately, they are getting some help, in the shape of Kal Penn, Janet McTeer, Edward Fordham Jr. and Aubrey Dollar. Birthed from a spec script Gilligan wrote in 2002 that sat on a shelf until his success with Breaking Bad, »
Josh Duhamel is returning to television with a lead role in Battle Creek, CBS’ high-profile series written by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore and directed by Bryan Singer. The straight-to-series drama centers on Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and FBI agent Milton Chamberlain (Duhamel), who have different worldviews but are teamed up to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, Mi. Duhamel’s Milton is a clean-cut FBI agent; a sincere, humble, even naive guy who heads from Detroit to Battle Creek to set up a satellite FBI office. Gilligan, who created Battle Creek several years ago, and Shore, who will serve as showrunner, will executive produce with Singer and Mark Johnson, with Janet McTeer and Kal Penn co-starring. ICM Partners-repped Duhamel started in daytime, on staple All My Children, before segueing to primetime with Crossing Jordan and Las Vegas, in which he »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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