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B.J. Novak Will Guest-star in Community's Season 5 Finale

Plus: LeBron James is officially an executive producer now, Hank Azaria will be a pain in the ass on Ray Donovan , and a just-offed Originals star has already lined up a new role.  Read More... http://www.tv.com/shows/community/community/post/news-briefs-bj-novak-will-guest-star-in-communitys-season-5-finale-139162972968/

'Community' without Troy: Does 'Chaos Theory' say this is the Darkest Timeline?

The first "Community" episode after the loss of Troy Barnes (Donald Glover) isn't the best one. In fact, "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" may be the weakest entry yet into an otherwise stellar Season 5. A procession of notable guest stars and another Greendale dance aren't enough to bring this episode up to the high bar set by the rest of the season.Why is that? The answer may be "Chaos Theory."Here's the thing: When Pierce Hawthorne left the study group and Greendale, there wasn't much effect. He was missing, sure, but the rest of the "Community" misfits moved on and did just fine. So why is Troy's departure so important?For an answer, we need only look back to Season 3's incredible "Remedial Chaos Theory." That bizarre episode features seven different stories set in seven different timelines. During a dinner party at Troy and Abed's new apartment, one of the study group has to go get... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/community-without-troy-does-chaos-theory-say-this-is-the-darkest-timeline.html

TV ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' falls but dominates Thursday, 'Idol' dips slightly

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014Thursday night's top two shows -- "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol" -- each fell some from their last original episodes, but they maintained their positions as the No. 1 and 2 series among adults 18-49. CBS' other comedies were down as well, with "The Crazy Ones" and "Two and a Half Men" tying their series lows among adults 18-49, although "Elementary" was even (and up in viewers). FOX's "Rake" also fell in its second week. "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" were steady with last week.CBS drew 11.3 million viewers and a 7.0 rating/11 share in households for the night, beating FOX (8.3 million, 5.0/8) by a comfortable margin. NBC (4.2 million, 2.6/4) came in third. ABC took fourth with 3.6 million viewers and a 2.4/4, and The CW (2 million, 1.3/2) trailed.The Eye also led the 18-49 race with a 2.6 rating. FOX took second with... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/tv-ratings-big-bang-theory-falls-but-dominates-thursday-idol-dips-slightly.html

'Community': Nathan Fillion, Katie Leclerc and more aren't enough to replace Troy

"Community" has lost Troy Barnes, and not even a parade of high-end guest stars can fill the man's empty seat at the study-room table.It's too bad, because bringing in actors like Nathan Fillion, Katie Leclerc, Robert Patrick, Paget Brewster and more should have made "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking" one of the best "Community" episodes ever. As it is, the whole thing falls a bit flat.Guest stars, guest stars and more guest stars!The many guest actors on this installment of "Community" mainly people the various departments Annie and Professor Hickey must navigate in order to get a bulletin board hung in the cafeteria.Yes, this simple task is strangled by endless red tape and a corrupt system that runs throughout Greendale. Here's how it works:In order to hang a bulletin board, the custodians need a work order. The custodians -- led by characters played by Fillion and Kumail Nanjiani -- won't file the work order until... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/community-nathan-fillion-katie-leclerc-and-more-arent-enough-to-replace-troy.html

'Community' video: 'Switched at Birth's' Katie Leclerc meets Abed

Troy may be gone, but "Community" has a replacement friend for Abed (Danny Pudi) coming right away. "Switched at Birth" star Katie Leclerc guest stars on "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking."If you ever wanted to know how to say "I detonated a mollusk" in American Sign Language, this is obviously the episode for you. It's unfortunate for any budding friendship between Leclerc's character and Abed that relationships are founded on more than crustacean violence.So why is Abed wearing giant headphones that don't allow him to hear anything? It seems that the young man is now obsessed with a book series (think "Game of Thrones") and wants to avoid any spoilers. The result is a possible match made in silent heaven. "Community" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/community-video-switched-at-births-katie-leclerc-meets-abed.html

Chevy Chase's 'Community' Follow-Up: 'Hot in Cleveland' (Exclusive)

Chevy Chase has found his follow-up to Community : TV Land's Hot in Cleveland . The veteran actor has been tapped to guest star on an episode of the Betty White -starrer, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. During the episode, Elka (White) needs Ross Barkley's (Chase) endorsement for City Council and convinces Melanie ( Valerie Bertinelli ) into going on a date with him. During the date, Ross reveals to Melanie that he was the sole survivor of a plane crash and has a deep dark secret that haunts him.   Read More...   http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/GrEWCKUGd50/story01.htm

Community Season 5 Episode 6 “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking”

Community  “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” Season 5 episode 6 airs Thursday, January 30 2014 on NBC (8-8:30 p.m. ET). Episode Synopsis:  Community Season 5 Episode 6 “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” – It’s time for the midterm dance and Annie (Alison Brie) sets about getting the Greendale cafeteria ready for the festivities. She and Professor Hickey (guest star Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”) team to navigate Greendale’s custodial corridors of power and must negotiate with Bob Waite (guest star Nathan Fillion, “Castle”), the politically savvy Greendale head custodian, and his right-hand man Lapari (Kumail Nanjiani, “Franklin & Bash”). They must also contend with Debra Chambers (guest star Paget Brewster, “Criminal Minds”), Greendale’s head of I.T. and Waldron (guest star Robert Patrick, “Identity Thief”), Greendale’s head of parking, in what becomes an increasingly complex hierarchy of staff. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong also star. Jerry Minor (“Arrested Development”) and Brie Larson (“United States of Tara”) also guest star. Read More... http://www.tvequals.com/2014/01/30/community-season-5-episode-6-analysis-of-cork-based-networking/

'Community': Hot lava on the ground, Troy saying goodbye in 'Geothermal Escapism'

"Community" should know by now that it's never, ever a good idea to play a school-wide game at Greendale. But is anyone really thinking clearly in the face of Troy leaving to sail around the world? The "Community: Lava World" erupting in "Geothermal Escapism" seems to indicate that the answer is a definitive no.Basically, this is another paintball episode. Only instead of paintball, everyone has to stand on furniture and avoid touching the floor. That's because the floor is deadly lava. Obviously. Abed starts the game as a goodbye present to Troy, and it's only Britta (yes, Britta) who seems to realize this is about a lot more than a $50,000 comic book prize.After all, will there be any more games once Troy is gone? And what happens when the lava is real?Fun stuffLike all Greendale games, Hot Lava goes very wrong, very quickly. This time it goes wrong a la "Mad Max" or... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/community-hot-lava-on-the-ground-troy-saying-goodbye-in-geothermal-escapism.html

‘Community’s’ Danny Pudi Says Donald Glover’s Exit Is Show’s ‘First Real Goodbye’

Thursday’s episode of NBC’s “Community” marks the final episode for Donald Glover and his character, Troy – dubbed by the fandom as “Bon Troyage.” “In some ways, it felt like the first real goodbye for this show,” Danny Pudi, who plays Abed on the NBC comedy, told TheWrap . “I feel like we’re always saying goodbye because we never know if we’re going to get picked up or canceled or whatever. So, we’re always kind of saying goodbye.”  Read More... http://www.thewrap.com/communitys-danny-pudi-says-donald-glovers-exit-shows-first-real-goodbye/

'Community': Say goodbye to Donald Glover with Troy's funniest moments

Troy Barnes is leaving Greendal, and Donald Glover is leaving "Community" in Thursday's (Jan. 23) episode, "Geothermal Escapism." But before he leaves, we get one last chance to celebrate. There's a party (or something) in the episode, and you can start your farewell celebration with these two videos.In the first video, "Community" celebrates some of Troy's best moments. They include:Troy's epic scream from "Paradigms of Human Memory"Meeting Levar Burton ("You can't disappoint a picture!")DancingThat time Troy dressed up as Ripley from "Alien" and then saved everyone from zombiesAnd a few choice cuts from "Troy and Abed in the Morning"A second video comes from "Geothermal Escapism" and shows how Britta Brittas any hopes of a happy going-away party for Troy.Glover's final episode of "Community" airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/community-say-goodbye-to-donald-glover-with-troys-funniest-moments.html
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