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The original television version of The Odd Couple ran for five seasons on ABC and Jack Klugman and Tony Randall were beloved in their roles as Oscar and Felix. How will this new version perform in the ratings for CBS? Will it be a hit or a flop? Cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
On this version of The Odd Couple, endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) is a sports-writer and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) is a photographer. They're two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Other castmembers are Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated »
Starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, the original Odd Couple TV show ran for five seasons on ABC. A later version called The New Odd Couple was cancelled after 18 episodes. How's this new version doing? Will it see a second season?
On CBS' version of The Odd Couple, endearing slob Oscar Madison (Matthew Perry) is a sports-writer and uptight neat freak Felix Unger (Thomas Lennon) is a photographer. They're two former college buddies who become unlikely roommates after the demise of their marriages. Other castmembers are Lindsay Sloane, Wendell Pierce, and Yvette Nicole Brown.
Airing on the night of the Two and a Half Men series finale, the newest Odd Couple debuted to a very healthy 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 13.57 million viewers. In week two, the numbers fell by 10% in the demo and 18% in viewership. In week three, »
A review of this week's "Community" coming up just as soon as I do a baby bird monologue... So far this season, "Community" show has taken advantage of the move to Yahoo to make the episodes a few minutes longer, let them breathe, let subplots and running gags feel fully-developed, and not have to rush through things like the Portuguese "Gremlins" trailer or the payoff to the Dean's relationship with the Japanese teen. They didn't feel padded in the way that many "Arrested Development" season 4 episodes did, but they clocked in at something more closely resembling the platonic ideal of a network sitcom episode length. Directed by Oscar Winner Jim Rash and his longtime collaborator and fellow Oscar Winner Nat Faxon, "Queer Studies and Advanced Waxing" was the longest episode by far, clocking in at close to 31 minutes. It was also the first to feel too long, even though I »
- Alan Sepinwall
It’s getting real on “The Walking Dead.” There are so many questions left to be answered and only one 90-minute episode to go before the season ends.
Why did Michonne (Danai Gurira) coldcock Rick (Andrew Lincoln) mid-rant in front of their friends and half the town of Alexandria? Will Alexandria leader Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh) decide to exile Rick’s entire crew after Rick’s rant and that ominous warning she received from Gabriel (Seth Gilliam)? Isn’t Maggie (Lauren Cohan) going to tell anyone what Gabriel said? Will Carol (Melissa McBride) kill Jessie’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) abusive husband Pete (Corey Brill) herself, after Rick simply beat him senseless? What happens to Glenn (Steven Yeun) after witnessing the death of Noah (Tyler James Williams)? Just who — or what — are Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) tracking? And where the hell is Morgan (Lennie James)?
Yes, there’s a lot »
- Geoff Berkshire
As “Community” made its big jump from NBC to Yahoo Screen, it also made a few other changes — notably, casting. As Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover and Chevy Chase had left, Paget Brewster and Keith David entered the cast for season six. Though observant fans would notice that David isn’t completely new. He previously narrated an epic pillow fight episode. David spoke with Variety about working with the cast, his character and why fans are so passionate about the show.
Why did you join the cast?
Two seasons ago, I got a job narrating the pillow fight episode on “Community,” and I understand it went over very well. I love smart comedy that comes out of live situations. That’s what’s funny. Life is funny. You don’t have to have a laugh track — joke setup joke. I went to community college for a short time, but my work schedule interfered. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Zachary Quinto (The Slap, Hannibal) and singer Joe Jonas (also of the upcoming NBC variety series I Can Do That!) are among the first-timers on board for Hollywood Game Night Season 3.
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Others making their debut on the opportunistically scheduled NBC game show — as revealed in on-set photos shared by executive producer Todd Milliner and host Jane Lynch — include Agents of Shield‘s Ming-Na Wen, Modern Family‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Young & Hungry‘s Rex Lee and comedian Jeff Dye.
Community is back in a new home for its much-discussed sixth season, but is it still the same show?
This review contains spoilers.
“We'll definitely be back next year. If not, it'll be because an asteroid has destroyed all human civilization. And that's canon.”
Quick, to the internet! After NBC finally dropped the axe on Community, its “six seasons and a movie” mantra appeared to be in jeopardy. At the eleventh hour, the series found a second life on the Yahoo! Screen streaming service and we've got 13 new episodes before Dan Harmon and company have to start thinking about a movie.
The first two episodes arrived online on Tuesday - if you're in the UK it's also broadcast on Wednesdays at 10pm on the Sony Entertainment Channel. Greendale Community College has never been more accessible, but is the new season trying to keep everyone happy?
These first two episodes, Ladders and Lawnmower Maintenance & Postnatal Care, »
With Community down three cast members, the theme song’s closing words (“one by one they all just fade away”) have never been more appropriate. Nonetheless, the start of Season 6 – its first on the Yahoo Screen streaming service – is a promising one.
The remainder of the Greendale 7 quickly fill their current vacancies with two distinct personalities — one of whom looks a lot like the school’s former head of It, and the other looking a heck of a lot like that guy from The Cape.
New Shirley | With »
The long wait for Community is finally over today, as the first two Season 6 episodes are now available on Yahoo! Screen, with new episodes debuting every Tuesday. Before these new-episodes made their premiere, series creator Dan Harmon and several cast members descended upon the South By Southwest Film Festival for a panel presentation, where the long-rumored movie was briefly discussed. As you may well know, Community fans have rallied behind the #SixSeasonsAndAMovie hashtag for several years, and now that Season 6 is here, will the movie happen next? While Dan Harmon wouldn't offer any concrete confirmation, he did tease that Yahoo! Screen may be interested in bringing the movie to life.
"Yahoo seems down for just about anything. I don't know why they'd turn their nose up to a movie about a low-rated show. They seem to be very naive."
While no specifics were given, it was also confirmed at the »
Class is back in session - and this time there are no rules. After five seasons on NBC, the cult sitcom Community has moved to Yahoo Screen, where the show has escaped the restraints of broadcast network regulations. "We don't have the FCC restraints anymore," star Joel McHale tells People. "But that's not to say that we will be nude and cursing all the time."While Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) would be disappointed that McHale's character Jeff Winger won't be spending episodes in his birthday suit, Community fans - and the cast - are rejoicing in the fact that there »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
Class is back in session - and this time there are no rules. After five seasons on NBC, the cult sitcom Community has moved to Yahoo! Screen where the show has escaped the restraints of broadcast network regulations. "We don't have the FCC restraints anymore," star Joel McHale tells People. "But that's not to say that we will be nude and cursing all the time."While Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) would be disappointed that McHale's character Jeff Winger won't be spending episodes in his birthday suit, Community fans - and the cast - are rejoicing in the fact that there »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
“Community” has weathered major changes before, both in cast and showrunner, but this is the first time it’s actually felt lean. Creator Dan Harmon returns again to helm the cult favorite’s revival online at Yahoo! Screen (premiering Tuesday), but not everyone was able to join him at the old/new Greendale. Yvette Nicole Brown bid farewell to the show to care for her ailing father, ultimately joining the cast of the multi-camera CBS sitcom “The Odd Couple.” She followed Chevy Chase and Donald Glover off of the show and away from the study group, leaving the core ensemble with only four. »
- Jason Hughes
Community has been resurrected from the dead for season six by Yahoo!, which means its goal of #sixseasonsandamovie is thisclose to actually happening. At the sitcom’s press day, cast members Jim Rash, Danny Pudi, and Gillian Jacobs all gave their thoughts on what that feature film should look like.
Pudi, who plays the show’s resident pop culture junkie, and Rash, famous for his role as the inept Dean Pelton, both called for a paintball episode (which made its debut in season one’s “Modern Warfare,” and had two season-two sequels, “A Fistful of Paintballs” and “For a Few Paintballs More”) blown to epic proportions. “[Paintball] is the biggest thing we’ve done and it has the most movie ‘stuff,’” said Rash. “If that day comes, and we’re at a place where we want to cap off the whole thing, it would be good to put that on grand scale. »
- Tara Aquino
In the saga of Community, a comedy show created by Dan Harmon in 2009, there have been many twists and turns. Never a ratings juggernaut, NBC threatened to cancel Community and then didn't cancel Community. Then it fired Dan Harmon for a season and rehired him for the next. Chevy Chase left the show, then Donald Glover left the show, then Yvette Nicole Brown left the show. NBC finally cancelled Community, only to have Yahoo! save it for a sixth season. That sixth season premieres today. In the time since the show began, Community has built a devoted fanbase, and Harmon has become a cult celebrity in his own right, sparking a hit podcast and a documentary. Vulture spoke to Harmon from Austin, Texas, about what to expect from this new incarnation of the show, writing for new characters, and his feelings about network TV. How's SXSW going? It's good. It »
- Lucas Kavner
The sitcom Community has gone through numerous upheavals over the course of its lifespan. As part of an advertised comedy block on NBC that included The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation, the show built a dedicated fanbase despite low ratings that often left the show’s renewal in peril.
After three seasons, however, the show got a fourth season renewal from the network that was accompanied by the ejection of showrunner Dan Harmon, to the chagrin of many fans who felt his writing style and sense of humour were key ingredients for the series.
Harmon was brought back by the show’s producers for the fifth season, but the elation felt by fans was short-lived, as NBC cancelled the series following the fifth season. The producers, however, shopped the series around, and it was eventually picked up by the streaming services division of Yahoo, called Yahoo! Screen.
The sixth »
- Deepayan Sengupta
This review is based on the first two episodes of season 6, which were provided for review purposes prior to broadcast.
“Welcome back to Greendale, now ranked fifth on Colorado’s alphabetical listing of community colleges,” Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) squawks over the intercom as Community kicks off its immensely promising and even more unlikely sixth season (#sixseasonsandamovie!!!!) on Yahoo Screen. That such a throwaway line is the first thing loyal viewers hear upon their re-enrollment at Greendale almost trivializes how hard Community‘s creators and Sony Pictures Television worked to find a new home for it after NBC gave the cult comedy a pink slip last year – and it’s all the more amusing for that. In spite of all the adversity this beautifully bizarre underdog of a series has faced over the years, it’s lost none of its cheek.
Indeed, season six of Community often feels like an old show made young again. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Tonight at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, "Community" will become the latest cultish show canceled by a traditional TV network to live again via a streaming service — and the first of its kind to migrate over to Yahoo Screen, which will be debuting the rest of this sixth season every Monday night/Tuesday morning at this time(*). (*) There are two episodes tonight, then one a week going forward. So long as I have advance screeners, as well as time in which to do it, I'll be running episode reviews about a half hour (or, tonight, hour) after the episodes go live on Yahoo, for those of you who are up at that time of night (or in a more favorable time zone) to watch it. This is the latest improbable behind-the-scenes development in a series that has seen more than its fair share, including the firing and later re-hiring of creator Dan Harmon, »
- Alan Sepinwall
After about 24 hours of social media-fed rumors, fans of CBS comedies can now officially rejoice: Mom, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls all will be back for another season, the network confirmed Thursday.
The Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy was renewed for Season 3, the Billy Gardell-Melissa McCarthy sitcom will return for its sixth go-around, and Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs will keep slinging hash for a fifth season.
Related 2015 Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Getting Cancelled? What’s on the Bubble?
The news leaked out Wednesday via Twitter and Instagram posts from people connected with »
On Thursday’s episode of The Odd Couple (CBS, 8:30/7:30c), Dani turns to Oscar and Felix for help lining up a date to her high school reunion.
And as weird as it sounds, star Yvette Nicole Brown says, the guys’ tips and tricks actually kinda work.
RelatedMom, Mike & Molly Renewed at CBS
“It sounds crazy that she’s listening to these two guys,” Brown tells TVLine. “She doesn’t question them, because they’ve been in the trenches and they’ve made it to the altar at some point. She really isn’t judgmental about where they are right now. »
Community is set to kick off on March 17th at its new home on Yahoo Screen, and you finally get a glimpse of what’s in store for you as the gang returns for its unprecedented sixth “season” in community college.
It’s going to be an adventure, as has everything related to Community since the beginning.
Apart from everything else, the show has lost several members over time, including Yvette Nicole Brown, who has moved to The Odd Couple. Still, it’s a new day, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, and the rest of the gang have some new blood for the show, and there is a pretty solid chance that the show will do better than ever.
Of course, there’s also been a lot of talk about how the format will and won’t change, especially as regards existence in the somewhat less restricted world of non-network television… »
- Marc Eastman
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