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NBC's "Community" has been a fascinatingly awkward ride with plenty of nervous-making moments for diehard fans. Creator Dan Harmon's exit from and return to the series, Chevy Chase's notorious fights with Harmon that culminated with his own exeunt, and Donald Glover's surprising departure (which still allotted him a five-episode arc this past season) have been puzzling and jarring for Greendale geeks -- which is to say nothing of the show's constant on-the-bubble ratings situation. But at Wednesday night's PaleyFest panel for "Community," Harmon, co-producer/writer Chris McKenna, as well as stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, and Jim Rash expressed the same resilient camaraderie they've had since the show debuted in 2009. Attendees got an eyeful, including the entire first episode of the two-part season five finale, which should leave enough open-ended storylines for an expected sixth season (Gillian Jacobs told the room to consider it official already, »
- Louis Virtel
In this wild and wacky season of Archer Vice, Isis matriarch, Malory (Jessica Walter) has endured her role as the plot pusher, but she’s also taken more of a supportive role this season. That doesn’t mean she hasn’t had her set of conflicts to deal with. She is desperately trying to find a way to make money off of the shit-ton of cocaine they have stashed in the Tunt Manor, but it’s dwindling because Pam (Amber Nash) keeps eating it. Now she has been forced her to milk what she can of Cheryl’s (Judy Greer) talents singing country songs as her latest alter ego, Cherlene.
If that’s not enough, Malory has also been dumped by her husband, Ron Cadillac (played by Walter’s real life husband, Ron Leibman), is reminding Lana (Aisha Tyler) of the mistake she has growing in her belly and for »
- Ernie Estrella
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 »
Meet television’s new Odd Couple. Reno 911! co-creator/star Thomas Lennon is set to play Felix opposite Matthew Perry‘s Oscar in CBS’s multi-camera comedy pilot The Odd Couple, a take on the Neil Simon classic. Co-written and executive produced by Perry, Odd Couple centers on two mismatched roommates — the messy Oscar Madison (Perry) and neat freak Felix Unger (Lennon). The Felix role was played by Art Carney in the original Broadway production of Neil Simon’s play, by Jack Lemmon in the 1968 movie and by Tony Randall in the 1970 ABC/Paramount TV series. The Odd Couple reunites Perry and Lennon, who co-starred together in the feature 17 Again. Before that, Lennon had a recurring role on NBC’s Friends, which starred Perry. Written by Perry and Frasier veteran Joe Keenan, The Odd Couple pilot hails from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly and The Tannenbaum Co. Lennon is coming »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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
"Arrested Development" meets "Community" is something only the craziest of fans could possibly imagine. After "Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz appeared in an acting role on "Community," that may actually be something that comes to pass.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, "Community" creator Dan Harmon says the real plan was to get Hurwitz into the writers' room for the show, which he declined. However, Harmon adds, "He and I have talked about doing a project together."
There are next to no details about what the project would be, but Harmon hints, "It would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren't compromising each other, but are still collaborating, and giving the audience a lot to digest."
What could they be working on together? With the new flow of online media, the possibilities are practically endless. »
If Community – created by Dan Harmon – is an acerbic, middle-aged faculty member with attitude, then Arrested Development is his dry-humoured, self-involved uncle that got him the job in the first place. Both shows are highly regarded comedies with relatively low ratings. Both had well-received pilot episodes written by their respective creators and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and both centre around a wildly dysfunctional, disparate group of people, barely tolerating each other for the greater good. Indeed, it could be argued that Arrested Development broke the very ground that Community strolled in on.
Most importantly for the shows in question, however, both have a core group of die-hard fans that regard the creators of their favourite shows as comic geniuses – Mitch Hurwitz for Arrested Development, and Dan Harmon for Community. It comes as no surprise then, that the sound you just heard was an explosive fan-gasm that ricocheted around »
- Sarah Myles
Before Community‘s Dan Harmon held the throne as the embattled but revered comedy showrunner dujour, Arrested Development‘s Mitch Hurwitz occupied that seat from 2003 to 2006 – his show received acclaim from fans and critics and waning support from Fox before shuttering after only three seasons.
Naturally, Harmon’s “reign” has been more eventful with behind-the-scenes kerfuffles leading to his eventual dismissal from Community prior to his unexpected return. Despite their failings, though, both Hurwitz and Harmon have shown that they have a cockroach’s durability thanks to the shifting definition of success on network TV (you just watch Community eventually get a season 6 despite abysmal ratings) and new viewing options like Netflix. Now, the two are ...
- Jason Tabrys
“Community” creator Dan Harmon just revealed that he and “Arrested Development” creator Mitch Hurwitz are doing a show (or other project) together. But, Harmon was cagey about sharing details on the project. “I don't want to talk about it,” he told Rolling Stone while promoting the SXSW premiere of “Harmontown,” Neil Berkeley's documentary about the writer-producer's live podcast show of the same name and the period between his firing and later re-hiring at the NBC Comedy. He did say that it “would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren't compromising each other, »
- Jethro Nededog
There are two comedy shows that the internet loves more than all others: Community and Arrested Development. So what would happen if the showrunners of these two shows got together to create something that's never been done before? We got a taste of what that could be like when Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz guest-starred on Community last week. Now, Community showrunner Dan Harmon is hinting they have a joint project in the works. »
- Matt Wilstein
Mitch Hurwitz was on Community last Thursday, playing Greendale's biggest party animal. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Community's creator and once again showrunner Dan Harmon explained why he cast the Arrested Development creator: "I invited him to come down on the show and then I parlayed that into what I really want from him, which is friendship, hanging out, talking about how dumb people are when they tell you what to do!" Harmon smartly then transitioned this budding friendship into a collaboration, teasing a secret project the two are working on together. Though he was reticent to talk about it, he said this, "It would embrace the emerging mediascape, and use us both in a way that we weren't compromising each other, but are still collaborating, and giving the audience a lot to digest." Though still very vague, all the major networks are already fighting over who'll get »
- Jesse David Fox
When Community showrunner Dan Harmon was axed from his metasitcom in 2012, it was the result of a showbiz shit-storm triggered at his oddball variety show "Harmontown." One night, in the black-box backroom of the Hollywood geek headquarters Meltdown Comics, Harmon shared voicemails in which Chevy Chase called him an "asshole, alcoholic fat shit" and invited him to "suck my cock." He was kicked off Community after three seasons, forced to watch it rebooted with replacement directors. (He'd eventually be rehired back in June 2013, in time to head up the show's fifth season. »
Back in October, we learned that Community cast Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz to play Greendale's "ultimate party animal." Considering Hurwitz has very few acting credits, we assumed this would be a small cameo. Well, the episode aired last night and he had a pretty big role. It's hard to explain too much about the setting, because it's Community, and it was a whole thing, but basically Hurwitz played Van Wilder, if Van Wilder looked less like Ryan Reynolds and more like a middle-aged comedy writer. Here's the fake trailer for an '80s-style sex comedy starring Hurwitz, which played during the credits. Find out if "getting laid" counts as a career plan. »
- Jesse David Fox
Community Season 5, Episode 8 “App Development and Condiments”
Directed by Rob Schrab
Airs Thursday nights at 8pm Et on NBC
Community‘s never been a show known for its social critiques – except for the innate ugliness of humans, the constant cycle of reconciliation and relapse, the feeling that everything in life is two steps backward, then one step forward. And that idea is embedded somewhere in the construct of “App Development and Condiments”, where MeowMeowBeenz become the defining factor of a society, the Community equivalent of a retweet/Facebook like/other social network sign of recognition giving way to a dystopian society inside the cultural (and given the presence of Leonard, generational) melting pot of Greendale Community College.
There are certainly moments of “App Development and Condiments” that reaches for something more than a reason to transform the campus and squeeze a number of guest »
- Randy Dankievitch
A quick review of last night's "Community" coming up just as soon as I own stock in Trivial Pursuit's Baby Boomers Edition... "App Development and Condiments" ticked most of the boxes required for a good high-concept "Community" episode. It had an emotional character story at its center, as Jeff tried to get Shirley to acknowledge her manipulative ways (and vice versa), along with a more humorous character subplot in Britta exploiting the power of mustard on her face to start a Che-style revolution against the app. And it pushed the concept to its limits, presenting a fully-realized sci-fi dystopia with nods to "Logan's Run" and "Zardoz,"(*) among others. (*) Yes, Star-Burns' costume was one that was worn by Sean Connery in an expensive and terrible '70s sci-fi opus. Warning: clicking on that link will likely scar you emotionally. And I appreciated the extended Shirley spotlight; as she noted last week, »
- Alan Sepinwall
As great as Community has been this season, it was bound to deliver its equivalent to a big stinker. The funny thing about bad episodes of Community is they are often not that bad at all – they were just missing a key ingredient that would have allowed it to transcend regular sitcom television. “App Development and Condiments” is a concept episode that has a lot to say, but not nearly enough time to get it all out in a way that makes it both meaningful and well plotted. There are a lot of good ideas behind “App Development” and perhaps if the episode had been allowed to run an extra fifteen minutes it might have been able to fit everything it wanted into its timeframe. As it stands, the actual conflict between Jeff and Shirley is half-baked, preventing the story from feeling anything close to natural.
At the top of the half-hour, »
- Brody Gibson
While we’re sure that Sterling Archer – gloriously self-centred animated star that he is – would not be in the least bit surprised at the popularity of his show, the news of a two-season renewal for Archer is pretty big. At a time when networks and studios are being increasingly cautious with their commitments, ordering a further 26 episodes of anything is a huge vote of confidence.
The award-winning show premiered in January 2010, and is now enjoying an increase in viewership in its fifth season. The original premise of the show centred on the titular egotistical master spy, and his exploits as an agent of Isis (International Secret Intelligence Service). He is helped and hindered in equal measure by his ex-girlfriend and fellow agent, Lana Kane, and his boss – who is also his mother – Malory Archer. A supporting cast of wonderfully dysfunctional characters help to make each episode hilariously off-the-wall.
In season five, »
- Sarah Myles
Review Mark Harrison 7 Mar 2014 - 07:23
This week's Community is the show at the very peak of its powers. Here's Mark's review...
This review contains spoilers.
5.7 App Development And Condiments
“Fives have lives, fours have chores, threes have fleas, twos have blues, and ones don't get a rhyme, because they're garbage!”
Okay, it's like Dan Harmon and his writing staff are just showing off now. While last week's more sombre Bondage And Beta Male Sexuality was the kind of episode that no other sitcom could pull off in its stride, App Development And Condiments represents the series at the very peak of its power, doing many of the things it's best at - high-concept escalations, character interactions, zeitgeist-y satire that never comes off as too arch or obvious - all at the same freaking time.
While that might not lead to the most cohesive episodes of the season, I would »
The concept was groundbreaking, the writing transcended the sticom genre and they wore saucy jumpsuits. No other TV show has been as influential and when I'm 70, I want to be Dorothy
I consider myself to be a highly discerning soul and therefore there are only, let's see, about seven TV shows that I would keep watching even if my flat was on fire: Arrested Development, Murder She Wrote, Frasier, Cheers, Quantum Leap, Parks and Recreation, Murphy Brown. (Yes, there is an American bias in that list but, what can I say? I can't deny my roots.)
But there is only one show I would keep watching even if all of family were screaming for my help to save them from the terrible pyre; even though I have already seen every single episode at least three times and own the boxsets. It's The Golden Girls.
I love The Golden Girls so much that I don't, »
- Hadley Freeman
Little is known about Community’s season finale, but here’s some intel to chew on: One, it’s in two parts. Two, here’s one celebrity guest you can expect to see: B.J. Novak.
EW has learned that the Office alum — whose first book was released this week and who will hit the big screen this spring in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — will make a cameo appearance in the first half of the finale. How exactly Novak factors into the story is being kept under wraps, but he plays what’s being described as “a TV star in a sexy new series. »
- Dan Snierson
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