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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Mar 28,2014

Community 5×11 ‘G.I. Jeff’ Promo

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Check out the promo for next week’s episode of Community.

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Mar 24,2014

Alison Brie In Talks for ‘Sleeping With Other People’

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Alison is in talks to replace Kirsten Dunst in Sleeping With Other People.

Adam Scott is in talks to reunite with his Bachelorette writer-director Leslye Headland for the latter’s upcoming comedy, Sleeping With Other People, Headland told The Hollywood Reporter following a performance of the play version of Bachelorette in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Alison Brie also is in talks to play the female lead in the film, THR has confirmed, after Kirsten Dunst, who was originally attached to star, had to drop out.

It was announced in September that Dunst and Jason Sudeikis were set to star in Headland’s film about a womanizer (Sudeikis) who befriends a serial cheater; ultimately, the two develop a romantic attraction to each other. Headland wrote the screenplay and is set to direct.

Dunst, who previously starred in Headland’s VOD hit Bachelorette, had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.

But Headland noted that neither Brie’s nor Scott’s deal is done yet.

“The only person that’s a definite, in that he’s been announced and is on board, is Jason [Sudeikis],” she said.

The former assistant to Harvey Weinstein said that she’s aware from her years working for the mogul that things could still fall apart.

“Films are always like, it may not happen, we’ll see,” she said. “Even going into the premiere of Bachelorette, I was like, ‘It still may not happen’…I don’t know if it’s just being an assistant and having seen how the sausage is made, where you just sort of come at everything with this feeling of…’It’s not set in stone, kids.’ I’ve seen shit fall apart over less.”

Will Ferrell’s and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions, which also produced Bachelorette, is producing Sleeping With Other People. Gary Sanchez is working with IM Global, the international sales, production and financing company.

Ferrell, McKay and the company’s Jessica Elbaum will produce the film.

Brie, who stars in NBC’s Community and has a recurring role on AMC’s Mad Men, is repped by WME, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Sloane Weber. She is currently in production on another Gary Sanchez title, Get Hard, with Ferrell and Kevin Hart. Brie also is starring in Universal’s Search Party, which hits theaters Sept. 12.

Scott, who stars in NBC’s Parks and Recreation and recently appeared on the big screen in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, is repped by WME.

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Mar 22,2014

Community Season 5 Finale Date

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Community Season 5 finale airs April 17!

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Mar 22,2014

Community 5×09 & 5×10 Screencaps added

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I have added screencaps of Alison in the latest episodes of Community.



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5×09: VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing [HD]
5×10: Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons [HD]

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Mar 22,2014

Community 5×07 & 5×08 Screencaps added

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Sorry for the delay. I have been very busy. Here are the screencaps of Alison in Community 5×07 and 5×08.



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5×07: Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality [HD]
5×08: App Development and Condiments [HD]

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Mar 20,2014

Mad Men Season 7 Promo

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Check out the first promo for Mad Men Season 7.

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Mar 19,2014

TV Land Orders Pilot For ‘Teachers’

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TV Land orders a pilot for Teachers which Alison is executive producer for! More details below:

TV Land has given a pilot order to Teachers, a comedy based on the popular web series of the same name. Community co-star Alison Brie is attached to executive produce the project, which revolves around six elementary school teachers who are trying to mold the minds and lives of America’s youth, but they don’t really seem to have their own lives together at all. From making their class help them stalk exes online to altering a grade because the art teacher is “kind of a b****,” these teachers are certainly changing the TVLand Logo 2012 Blue (with TM)world, one student at a time. (Watch a sizzle reel for the web series below.) The stars of the web series — Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien and Katie Thomas — aka The Katydids (their names are all variations of Katie) – are signed on to reprise their roles. “From the second this project came across my desk, I’ve been in love with it,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “The tone of the show is unlike anything we’ve had on TV Land. I’m really excited about the idea of building this unexplored world, where teachers are the eccentric characters you always hoped they weren’t.”

The Katydids hail from Chicago with experience at The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York and iO West in Los Angeles. Matt Miller and Cap Gun TV, who are behind the web series, will executive produce the TV version alongside Brie.

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Mar 19,2014

Alison Brie Joins Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart Comedy ‘Get Hard’

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Alison joins Will Ferrell and Kevin Hard in the upcoming movie, Get Hard.

Alison Brie, who stars in NBC’s Community Alison Brie Get Hard Will Ferrell Kevin Hartand recurs on Mad Men, is set to join Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in Get Hard, the Etan Cohen-directed comedy. In the Gary Sanchez-produced pic for Warner Bros, Ferrell plays a wealthy investment banker wrongly convicted of a crime, who toughens up for prison under the wing of the guy who washes his car (Hart). Brie will play the fiancee of Ferrell’s character. Repped by WME, Velocity Entertainment Partners and Sloane Weber, she next will be seen on the big screen in Universal’s Search Party.

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