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The Office TV News: Steve Carell’s Early Departure and Thursday Nights on NBC – 01/17/11

While fans of The Office have been dreading the departure of Michael Scott for quite some time now, according to Kira, our days with Steve Carell are now officially numbered... and his last day is fast approaching! In today's The Office TV News, Kira shares the scoop on the last 4 Michael-free episodes of this season! Also, we take a look at the midseason lineup for NBC comedy Thursdays, and in this case, the whole "more the merrier" rule may not necessarily apply. Hope you're ready to tackle a full 3 hours of sitcoms! For the full lineup, check out the news in the link below! The Office TV News: 1/17/11

COMMUNITY “Celebrity Pharmacology” Season 2 Episode 13 Photos

Check out photos from COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 13 titled “Celebrity Pharmacology” which will air Monday December 27 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: COMMUNITY “Celebrity Pharmacology” Season 2 Episode 13 – COLLEGE PERFORMS AN ANTI-DRUG PLAY AT A LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND PIERCE’S (Chevy Chase) ANTICS THREATEN TO DESTROY THE PRODUCTION – When Annie (Alison Brie) decides to stage a production at a local middle school to spread an important message about staying away from drugs, Pierce (Chevy Chase) becomes overwhelmed with the excitement of performing and decides he needs a bigger role. When his over-the-top behavior threatens to ruin the production, Senor Chang (Ken Jeong) comes to the rescue, earning admiration from the group. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover also star. Read More...

Dollhouse Star Joins Community Cast as a Love Interest

Just when you thought that your favorite   Dollhouse  castmembers had vanished into obscurity, never to be heard from again,   Dichen Lachman  got a job   on   Torchwood   earlier this week, and now a second beloved   Dollhouse  regular is returning to TV with a role on NBC's prime-time comedy  Community....

Eliza Coupe to Guest Star on Community

Eliza Coupe - aka The Only Funny Part of the Final Season of  Scrubs  - is coming to  Community . The actress, who played sarcastic intern Jo on the hospital-based sitcom, will guest star as Secret Service Agent Robin Vohlers on “Political Developments and Uncivil Disobedience,” a March episode of  Community . Look for her character to fall for Abed. We can't blame her. And we can't wait. Source here

COMMUNITY “Asian Population Studies” Season 2 Episode 9 Photos With Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Check out photos from COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 9 titled “Asian Population Studies” which will air Thursday January 20 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis: The group members debate whether to add Annie’s crush, who recently enrolled at Greendale, or Senor Chang to the group; Shirley’s ex-husband (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) comes back into the picture, and she has big news for everyone. Source & More Photos

See the Cast of Community Reimagined As the Avengers

Notes the illustrator, Chris Schweizer: Donald Glover isn't Spider-Man because "Spider-Man isn't an Avenger … it doesn't really go with the theme."

Top Moments: The Walking Dead's Big Bang and Community Gets Lost

Our top TV moments of the week: 12. Heaviest Joke: What is it about Levi Johnston that makes all the ladies crazy? Kathy Griffin, who famously had a faux relationship with the Thrilla from Wasilla, pokes fun at Bristol Palin, who had a child with Johnston, while hosting VH1 Divas Salute the Troops. The acerbic comic quips that Palin is the only person in the history of Dancing with the Stars to gain weight on the show. "She gained, like, 30 pounds a week. I swear to God; it was fantastic — she's like the white Precious," Griffin snarks, drawing boos from the crowd of soldiers. All appears to be forgiven, though, when the 50-year-old comedienne shows off her rock-hard bod in a camo-bikini later in the program. 11. Words to Live By Award: In a rare moment of earnestness, self-deprecator extraordinaire David Hasselhoff gets serious on The Hasselhoffs when a student at his daughter's school brings up the "hamburger incident." Rather than brush it off or crack a joke, the actor admits that it wasn't his best moment and shares these pearls of wisdom for tomorrow's youth: "Sometimes life gives you a wake-up call. It's how fast you get up, not how hard you fall." 10. Most Misplaced Aggression: This season of Gossip Girl has been a (sometimes misguided) cat-and-mouse game between Juliet and Serena. So it's a surprise to learn that Juliet's actual target is Lily, who won't be winning any Mom of the Year awards for putting an innocent man behind bars. To Read More Click Here.

The Making of Community's Animated Holiday Episode

Community's December 9 animated Christmas episode, in which Abed (Danny Pudi) learns the meaning of Christmas (and which featured a shout-out to TV Guide Magazine!), is a holiday miracle in itself. As overseen by 23D Films owners James Fino (who previously worked on King of the Hill) and Joe Russo (The Simpsons), the stop-motion animation was completed in four months, less than half the time it takes to produce an episode of The Simpsons. "We needed every ounce of that time," Fino says. "It couldn't be whipped off. We had to be at the top of our games." Animators from the movies Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas also contributed their talents. To Read More Click Here.

Community Sneak Peeks: Stop-Motion Holiday Episode

Abed dreams up a stop-motion animated Christmas in a special episode of Community, airing tonight (December 9).  Below are three sneak peeks and a synopsis. IN THIS SPECIAL STOP MOTION ANIMATION EPISODE, THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS IS LOST AND ABED’S INTENSE FIXATION ON CHRISTMAS CONCERNS THE GROUP When Abed (Danny Pudi) wakes up in stop-motion animation, he takes it as a sign that he and the group must re-discover the meaning of Christmas. Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) become growingly concerned about Abed's mental health and enlist the help of Professor Duncan (John Oliver). To Read More Click Here.

Community Cast Speculates on Show's Direction

NBC's Community can often be seen more as a romp through a postmodern funhouse than a standard-issue sitcom. The series has offered inspired parodies of action flicks, zombie movies, GoodFellas and Apollo 13 and featured a bizarre mash-up of Mean Girls and Robocop. More recently, it exploded the notion of the "bottle episode," TV-industry jargon for shows shot with limited budgets on existing sets with a limited number of cast members to compensate for more costly episodes. This week, it's serving up an animated parody of the old, cheesy Rankin-Bass holiday cartoons (airing Thursday at 8/7c). All of this meta-posturing led us to a theory that wouldn't be out of place alongside the rafts of speculation that came from Lost fans: That the characters in Community are real people who are slowly coming to the realization that they are trapped inside a TV sitcom, not dissimilar to the circumstances confronting the characters of the Jean Paul Sartre play No Exit. To Read More Click Here.