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Casting continues to heat up on Yahoo’s sixth season of the acclaimed college comedy Community, formerly of NBC. Last week, it was reported that Keith David and Paget Brewster had joined the cast in major roles, playing new characters designed to fill a void left by the departure of former series regulars Yvette Nicole Brown, Jonathan Banks and John Oliver. And now, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Community is set to introduce Britta’s (Gillian Jacobs) parents – Martin Mull will play George Perry, and Lesley Ann Warren will play his wife Deb.
Both actors will appear in the currently untitled second episode of Community‘s upcoming 13-episode sixth season. This won’t be the first time that the pair have shared the screen – Mull and Warren previously portrayed Colonel Mustard and Miss Scarlet, respectively, in Clue. More recently, Mull played another dad on Fox’s short-lived, critically reviled sitcom Dads, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Production is about to begin on the online-only sixth season of Community, and Yahoo--which will distribute the show through its Yahoo Screen platform--has announced a pair of new names who will join the comedy's cast: The latest additions to the Greendale Community College campus are Paget Brewster and Keith David. A press release from Yahoo defines the two new roles. Brewster, who recently completed a seven-season run on the CBS drama Criminal Minds, will play a consultant hired to "shape up" Greendale. David, who has acted in films like Platoon and Crash, will play "a retired scientist reinventing himself." It's worth noting that David was also one of The Cape, a short-lived NBC series that served as the inspiration for Community's famous "six seasons and a movie" joke. If Community creator Dan Harmon doesn't find a way to slip in a reference to that role, I'll be disappointed. Brewster »
- Sam Gutelle
With the news that Yvette Nicole Brown was leaving, Community found itself down to only Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. That’s more like a study get-together than a study group. To solve this problem, the show cast Paget Brewster and Keith David. They’ve both been around the TV block a couple times; we’re sure you’ve seen them before. (For example, Brewster played the girl on Friends who eventually landed Chandler in a box.) Brewster will play Francesca "Frankie" Dart, a consultant brought in to better Greendale. David will play Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist. Despite their chosen profession, both will probably have a surprisingly encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture from both young Gen X–ers and old millennials' childhoods. »
- Jesse David Fox
Greendale Community College will welcome two new faces for the sitcom's Season 6 on Yahoo. Paget Brewster (“Criminal Minds”) will play Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant brought in to help shape up the school. Keith David (“Enlisted”) will take on the role of Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist reinventing himself. Production will begin on “Community's” sixth season in Los Angeles on Nov. 17, with 13 new episodes airing early 2015 exclusively on Yahoo. Also read: Jerry Seinfeld Gets Kudos From Autism Community After NBC News Revelation Returning cast members include Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong. »
- Tony Maglio
School is almost back in session, Community fans! Ahead of a November 17 production start date for the sixth season of the beloved cult comedy, which was once housed at NBC but is now at Yahoo, it’s been announced that Paget Brewster and Keith David are joining the cast in regular roles.
Brewster, known for her part on Criminal Minds, will portray Francesca “Frankie” Dart, a consultant brought in to help shape up Greendale after its conditions slip below state requirements. Sharp-eyed fans of Community might recognize Brewster – she previously had a role in the season two episode “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” as Debra Chambers, a member of Greendale’s It department – but she’s playing a new character for her role in this season.
- Isaac Feldberg
With production on "Community" season 6 beginning next week, the comedy is adding two actors to the cast: Paget Brewster and Keith David. The series was already without original regulars Donald Glover and Chevy Chase by the end of last season, and Yvette Nicole Brown had to leave to care for her ill father. Plus, Jonathan Banks and John Oliver, who were significant parts of season 5, are busy with other jobs ("Better Call Saul" and "Last Week Tonight," respectively) and aren't likely to be back. Even with the return of Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, the world of Greendale was getting awfully under-populated. Now the show's added two comedy veterans — one of whom has already been on the show in another role. Brewster (who, before her stint on "Criminal Minds," was a regular on a whole bunch of sitcoms, albeit most of them »
- Alan Sepinwall
As reported by TV Guide Magazine, Brewster — who last January guest-starred on Community as Greendale’s It department boss, Debra Chambers — is formally boarding the series as a different character, college consultant Francesca “Frankie” Dart. David meanwhile will play Elroy Patashnik, a retired scientist looking to “reinvent himself.”
Chicago - Dan Harmon does not look very good in his documentary “Harmontown,” which is probably why he agreed to the project. The creator of NBC’s cult comedy “Community” is presented wantonly in this documentation of his tour across America to interact with his fans through live recordings of his podcast “Harmontown.”
Director Neil Berkeley (2012’s “Beauty is Embarrassing”) has created a different yet lacking type of tour film, as it whittles a revered showman to a representation of his polarizing elements; of the self-loathing narcissism that defines Harmon.
The spectacle of Berkeley’s film is Harmon’s podcast, which aside from Harmon’s GoPro & mirror confessions, provides a physical representation of what being inside Harmon’s head is like. As Harmon comes to comedic life by sauntering onstage to be his unapologetic self for an enthused crowd, he interacts with co-host (and actor) Jeff B. Davis, who »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The Adult Swim animated series Mike Tyson Mysteries is hilariously odd and surprisingly charming. While Mike Tyson solves various mysteries that are sent to him by carrier pigeon, he is aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team – the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry (Jim Rash), his adopted Korean daughter Yung Hee (Rachel Ramras), and a pigeon who was once a man (Norm MacDonald). During this recent interview to promote the new show, Mike Tyson and producer Hugh Davidson talked about where the story ideas come from, how Cormac McCarthy ended up in the premiere, his persona in this cartoon, the inspiration of Scooby Doo, how the pigeon and ghost came into the story, what fans can expect from this season, and the secret to successfully reinventing yourself. Check out what they had to say after the jump. Question: Where do these story ideas come from? Hugh Davidson: They pretty much come from me. »
- Christina Radish
Silliness is an admirable quality, but to borrow a boxing metaphor, jabbing away with that alone represents a rather slim arsenal. Yet into the ring steps “Mike Tyson Mysteries,” the latest round in the former heavyweight champ’s gradual transformation into a hip entertainment commodity, from “The Hangover” movies to his one-man show (and HBO special) and now this Adult Swim animated series, which casts Tyson at the center of a Scooby-Doo-like spoof. Filled with non sequiturs and raunchy dialogue, the show’s reception should closely correlate with the level of illicit substances ingested by its audience.
Writer-producer Hugh Davidson (“The Looney Tunes Show”) extracts the expected fun from the animated Tyson garbling the English language (or for that matter, trying to say “Chupacabra”), while surrounding the boxer’s alter ego with a Mystery Team consisting of the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensberry (voiced by Jim Rash), Mike’s »
- Brian Lowry
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Ice Cube was on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," talking about how he just wrapped principal photography on the N.W.A. movie, "Straight Outta Compton." He was constantly getting arrested when he was with N.W.A. Jimmy asked about the cast, which is mostly filled with unknowns. Ice Cube's son is in it, though, playing Ice Cube himself; did he have to audition to play his dad? "Hell yeah!" They also discussed how it was Snoop Dogg's birthday, and Ice Cube got him the same thing he got him last year. »
- Gina Carbone
Adult Swim's 2014-2015 slate will feature several new (and returning) TV series, including "Mike Tyson Mysteries," a half-hour animated adult comedy series featuring a cartoon version of Mike Tyson, who solves mysteries, aided by the Mike Tyson Mystery Team, which is made up of the Ghost of the Marquess of Queensbury, Mike’s adopted Korean daughter, and a pigeon who was once a man. Reads like must-see TV, doesn't it? Seriously, based on the below new trailer, I'm genuinely curious. It could be really hilarious... or not. But I'm good for at least the premiere episode. Mike Tyson, Norm Macdonald, Rachel Ramras, and Jim Rash provide voice for the series' animated »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The show's executive producers, and Sony Pictures Television, have released Brown from her contract after she asked to leave the show to care for her ailing father says The Live Feed.
Brown plays Greendale Community College student Shirley Bennett and was expected to return alongside the show's other regulars including Joel McHale, Jim Rash, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong.
Two new characters will be joining Greendale though - a woman brought in as a consultant to help shape up the school, and a retired salesman who comes to Greendale to reinvent himself.
- Garth Franklin
When cancelled NBC sitcom Community was picked up by Yahoo! Screen in a rather remarkable eleventh-hour resuscitation, loyal fans of the beloved series likely breathed a deep sigh of relief and assumed that, finally, everything was going to be okay for the Greendale gang. Sadly, that’s not the case today, as series regular Yvette Nicole Brown has confirmed that she will not be reprising the role of Shirley Bennett in Community‘s upcoming sixth season.
Brown, who has been with Community since the start, opted to depart the show in order to care for her ailing father. Speaking with TV Guide, which broke news of the exit, she said:
“My dad needs daily care and he needs me. The idea of being away 16 hours a day for five months, I couldn’t do it. It was a difficult decision for me to make, but I had to choose my dad. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving the study group.
The actress is departing “Community” after playing Shirley for five seasons on the comedy. She confirmed her exit, first reported by TV Guide, on Twitter on Tuesday.
Thanks for the years of laughs & love @danharmon @joelmchale @gillianjacobs @dannypudi @alisonbrie @kenjeong @RashIsTVUgly & @donaldglover
— yvette nicole brown (@Ynb) September 30, 2014
& thanks to the Awesome #Community fans! You #HumanBeings are forever #StreetsAhead. Thanks for understanding my tough decision & your love
— yvette nicole brown (@Ynb) September 30, 2014
Yvette said she is leaving the show for personal reasons: namely, to take care of her ailing father.
“My dad needs daily care and he needs me,” Brown told TV Guide. “The idea of being away »
- Alex Stedman
Though Community was brought back from the dead this summer after Yahoo Screen picked up the comedy following NBC’s cancellation, it will return with one less original cast member. TV Guide reports that Yvette Nicole Brown will be departing the show before its upcoming sixth season due to family reasons, as the actress explains that she needs to care for her ailing father. The split from the show was amicable as executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna said in a joint statement, “Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best.” More after the jump. While Brown will be leaving Community, TV Guide notes that she will remain onboard the new CBS sitcom The Odd Couple with Matthew Perry. That show is a multi-cam format, which is much more agreeable schedule-wise, and Sony has »
- Adam Chitwood
Greendale Community College has lost another student. Yvette Nicole Brown's Shirley won't be retuning to "Community" when it makes its move to Yahoo! next year, following five seasons on NBC. The actress told TV Guide that she's leaving the show in order to care of her ailing father. "Yvette was an integral part of Community and is irreplaceable. We are sad to see her go and wish her the very best," the show's creators Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna said in a statement. It's unclear as of now how the show will explain Shirley's absence, but it will reportedly be introducing two major characters, one male and one female. Fans will still be able to see Brown on TV in 2015 however. She recently took on a supporting CBS' upcoming revival of "The Odd Couple," co-starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon. The show is a multi-camera comedy which will have »
- Dave Lewis
Kate Mara and Ellen Page have stepped in to find out just that, with help from Funny or Die, forming “Tiny Detectives.” Mara and Page stand at 5’2″ and 5’1″, respectively, so they have problems with reaching shelves, seeing evidence and punching someone across the table, but that won’t stop them from trying to solve the case.
They previously dropped a hint to HBO in March, when Mara tweeted a picture of the two with the hashtag #TrueDetectiveSeason2. They’re not the first high-profile duo to parody the drama — Patton Oswalt and Seth Rogen also gave “True Detective” their own spin, as did “Community’s” Jim Rash and Joel McHale.
On Thursday, Variety revealed that Rachel McAdams is closing »
- Alex Stedman
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- Variety Staff
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Ausiello: Remember that pregnancy test Amber grabbed in the Season 5 finale? Well, showrunner Jason Katims remains tight-lipped about the results, but he can confirm that Matt Lauria’s Ryan will return in Episode 3. Do with that information what you will!
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