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Aug 23,2014

Alison Brie on her Fav Sitcom

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Back in the Nineties, BoJack Horseman had it all: success, stardom, the lead role on the sitcom Horsin’ Around (imagine Who’s the Boss or Charles in Charge, only starring a horse). After the show was cancelled, however, BoJack fell on hard times. Like many a narcissistic former TV icon, he’s been living off the fumes of his fame for a while. Now, however, he wants to get back in the small-screen saddle. If he can just get that second great role, maybe he can move out of the messy apartment he shares with that twentysomething stoner and get back on top.

A landmark in bingeworthy stallions-behaving-badly TV comedies, Netflix’s BoJack Horseman comes with an impressive pedigree: Arrested Development’s Will Arnett voices the equine antihero, with Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Alison Brie (Community), Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy), Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show) and Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens) lending their voices to the animal and human characters who circle around BoJack in the show’s warped version of Hollywood purgatory. Given that it’s a satire of cheesy primetime comedies as much as showbiz types on the skids, we asked a few of the cast members and showrunner Raphael Bob-Waksberg wax poetic on their favorite sitcoms.

Alison Brie on ‘Saved by the Bell’

“The first thing that came to mind, and I’m going to stick by this, is Saved By the Bell. I know, I know! Look, I’m aware there have been a number of amazing TV shows that have come and gone in the last 20 years, but this was the first show that affected me as a kid. I owned the board game. I had a crush on Zach Morris. I wanted to dress like Lisa Turtle, I wanted to be Kelly Kapowski.”

“I have to say, during all of the Community table reads we’ve had over the years, I’d find myself constantly re-evaluating which SBTB character the Community characters would be. Annie had started out as a Jessie, but as she’s grown up, maybe she’s become more of a Kelly? Troy really started as the Slater of the group, the football player who Annie had a crush on…then he and Abed sort of formed into one big super-Screech. And of course Joel McHale is Zach. [Pause] I’ve thought about this way too much, actually.”

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Jul 22,2014

Community Panel at SDCC

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Alison won’t be at the panel but for those are attending, make sure to attend the panel and autograph signing!

July 24 (9-10am)
Yahoo and Sony Pictures Television are excited to announce an autograph signing in support of Season 6 of COMMUNITY coming to Yahoo Screen. Please visit the Autograph Area Information Booth for details on how to participate in a Limited Signing Drawing
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July 24 (2:15-3:15pm)
Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to Community
Will “six seasons and a movie” come true? Greendale Community College been saved by Yahoo, but what happens next to Jeff Winger and the study group? Moderator Michael Schneider, TV Guide magazine’s executive editor, joins Community creator Dan Harmon, executive producer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Dino Stamatopoulos as they recap last season (including Dan’s heralded return to the show) and discuss the future of this fan-favorite comedy.
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Jun 30,2014

Upcoming Show: The Girls and Jones Street Station (November 15)

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The Girls and Jones Street Station will be performing at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on November 15!

Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
196 Allen St.
New York, NY, 10002

Doors 8:15 PM / Show 8:45 PM

This event is 21 and over

Buy tickets now.

UPDATE: This show is sold out! An early show has been added with just The Girls.

Saturday Nov 15, 2014
Doors: 6:30 PM
Show: 7:00 PM
21 and over
$12

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Jun 30,2014

Alison Brie on Comedy Bang! Bang! on Thursday

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Tune in for Alison on Comedy Bang! Bang! this Thursday!

On Comedy Bang! Bang!, the show is getting a talk show makeover. Plus, Community and Mad Men star Alison Brie reveals the secrets of her acting process. Will that be enough to get her cast in the new film that a German film director plans to make? Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian and Larry Miller all guest star.

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Jun 30,2014

Community Season 6 to Air on Yahoo Screen

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Yahoo Screen has ordered 13 episodes of Community Season 6!

Now we just need the freakin’ movie!

In a remarkable 11th hour resurrection, Community — which was cancelled last month by NBC — will live on via Yahoo Screen, which has ordered a 13-episode 6th season.

“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” said series creator Dan Harmon in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, Bang Bus!”
Added leading man Joel McHale, “’The reports of our cancelation have been greatly exaggerated.’ —Mark Twain (The other version of this quote has been wrong for years). #SixSeasonsAndaMovie is real. Thank you Sony. Thank you Yahoo. Thank you Dan Harmon. And thank you to the greatest f%$#ing fans in the history of the human race. It’s the internet. We can swear now.”

Kathy Savitt, CMO of Yahoo, cited the show’s “incredibly passionate and loyal fan base” as a factor in the show’s pickup, adding, “We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dan, Joel, and the entire cast, as well as Sony, to deliver a great season 6.”

News of Community‘s rescue comes just days after our report that Hulu had abandoned talks to acquire the series and mere hours before a July 1 deadline (which is when Sony’s hold on the actors was set to expire).

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Jun 23,2014

Alison Brie in Talks to Star in ‘How to Be Single’

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Alison is in talks to star in How to Be Single.

“Community” actress Alison Brie is in talks to star in the New Line comedy “How to Be Single.”

Lily Collins is also on board with Christian Ditter directing.

Based on the Liz Tuccillo novel, the story centers on a woman living in New York and searching for love. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn have penned the adaptation, with Dana Fox working on the latest draft.

Michael Disco and Dave Neustadter are overseeing “How to Be Single” for New Line.

Best known for her TV work on “Mad Men” and the recently canceled “Community,” Brie has a handful of bigscreen projects coming out this next year. She co-stars in the Warner Bros. comedy “Get Hard” opposite Will Ferrell and indie “Sleeping With Other People” with Jason Sudeikis.

The actress is repped by WME and Sloane Offer Weber Dern.

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Jun 05,2014

BoJack Horseman – Teaser Trailer

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Check out this teaser trailer of Alison’s upcoming Netflix show, BoJack Horseman.

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May 10,2014

NBC Cancels Community

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Community has been canceled :(

Six seasons and a movie? More like five seasons and a cancellation: NBC has axed Community, TVLine has learned.

There’s no official word from the Peacock but sources confirm that the show’s April 17 Season 5 finale will end up being its series finale — unless, of course, Sony finds a new home for the Greendale gang.
That Community managed to air five full seasons was something of a victory in itself. After three low-rated (albeit critically lauded) seasons, NBC replaced creator Dan Harmon as showrunner, then brought him back for Season 5. At the end of Season 4, original cast member Chevy Chase exited amid controversy. Donald Glover, too, jumped ship after Episode 5 of Season 5.

Alison tweeted:

Thank you, Community fans, for 5 seasons of incredible, heartwarming support. So deeply proud to have been a part of this. #darkesttimeline

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Mar 29,2014

Dan Harmon Says It Would Be Weird Not to Get a Sixth Season

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As Community marches toward the end of its fifth season, the NBC comedy seeks to fulfill its unofficial mantra: “six seasons and a movie.”

NBC has yet to officially renew the series for a sixth season, but stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Yvette Nicole Brown, along with returning executive producers Dan Harmon and Chris McKenna, were cautiously optimistic. Many pointed to its unlikely five-season run as proof that TV miracles do sometimes happen.

“We know there’s going to be a sixth season or else you’ll probably show up with pitchforks and torches,” McHale joked, drawing cheers from the PaleyFest crowd gathered Wednesday at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre for Community’s fifth straight session. Added Jacobs: “It’s happening, come on, good energy!”

“The only thing weirder … would be not getting a sixth season,” said Harmon, who at one point called the current run of episodes “our fifth season of near-cancellation.”

As for the movie part of the mantra, Harmon joked that the fans could crowd-source it to fruition. “They’ll make it. They can each take a frame and we’ll be done,” he said. “If we get a sixth season, they owe us a movie, right?”

Harmon and McKenna both credited McHale with kicking the wheels into motion for their Community return. They cited a mutual misunderstanding (“a comedy of errors”) that had them at a temporary stalemate. “Let’s absolutely do it — as long as Donald Glover’s on board,” Harmon joked, referencing the former regular’s decision to depart.

“What more can be said about it?,” Harmon said of Glover, who appeared in five episodes this season. “We looked at the Donald situation and we met it head-on. We talked to each other about it. There were no weird manipulations of our own desires or things. It was very straightforward in a refreshingly tragic way. Sometimes people go away who you don’t want to go away.… Half of life is stuff you don’t want happening, happening.” He later joked that Troy leaving serves as the perfect setup to “our Search for Spock Community movie.”

“It was definitely hard to lose Donald,” Pudi admitted, explaining that Glover’s departure forced his character, pop-culture geek Abed, to grow and to “socially engage.” But Harmon is semi-hopeful that should a sixth season come, there may be a shot for Glover’s return to Greendale.

Harmon revealed that Jonathan Banks wasn’t the producers’ first choice to play criminology professor Buzz Hickey: It was Ray Liotta. “We were talking to Ray Liotta for a while,” Harmon said, adding that he was the inspiration for the nervous ex-cop.

And having showrunner Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested Development) and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) guest-star seemed like no-brainers. Harmon had seen Hurwitz guest on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, while Gilligan’s casting came by way of the studio (Sony TV, who did Breaking Bad) and after someone suggested the idea after a table read.

When asked whether Community would have been in the same boat as cult favorites Firefly and Veronica Mars had the show premiered five years earlier, when Internet fandom wasn’t as fervent, Harmon said he believes that would’ve been the case. “Yes, it would’ve suffered the same fate as the beloved shows,” he said. “Fans wouldn’t have been able to rally as easily.… If you can tell me what factors they use in their decisions when we don’t need the Internet … none of us know.”

He added: “There’s a feeling that the fans keep the show alive. If you ask the suits, will they say that?”

Other highlights included a brief Brown and Pudi peck on the lips and the cast reciting verbatim Dean Pelton’s peanut payday rap, in addition to Harmon’s inventing an alter ego, the corporate shill “Harvey Hollywood,” ranting on the TV industry and ratings, and making continued digs at The Big Bang Theory. The crowd was also treated to a preview of the April 3 episode, “G.I. Jeff,” an homage to 1980s cartoons.

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