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TV ratings: CBS drops but still wins Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010 Thursday's ratings offered a mixed bag of ups and downs: CBS fell compared to last week but still led across the board for the night. ABC was down some too as "Private Practice" came back to earth, but NBC was up slightly -- at least for now. The network's Baltimore affiliate aired an NFL game between the Ravens and Atlanta Falcons that is skewing the numbers somewhat. In the network race, CBS led by a wide margin, averaging 12.7 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/13 share in households. ABC (7.8 million, 5.2/9) came in second, beating out FOX (7 million, 4.2/7). NBC's 5.6 million viewers and 3.4/6 were good enough to capture fourth place. The CW dipped a little compared to last week with 2.9 million viewers and a 1.8/3. CBS also led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.0 rating, beating out ABC's 2.7. NBC finished third at 2.4, followed by FOX at 2.1 and The CW at 1.2. To Read More Click Here.

COMMUNITY “Conspiracy Theories and Soft Defenses” Season 2 Episode 9 New Photos

Check out new photos from COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 9 titled “Conspiracy Theories and Soft Defenses” which will air Thursday November 18 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC.  Episode Synopsis: COMMUNITY “Conspiracy Theories and Soft Defenses” Season 2 Episode 9 – JEFF WINGER IS ON THE HOT SEAT WHEN IT APPEARS HE HAS FABRICATED A CLASS FOR CREDIT – KEVIN CORRIGAN GUEST STARS — When Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) begins checking class schedules, he discovers that Jeff (Joel McHale) has listed a class that doesn’t exist. Just when it appears Jeff will be caught in a lie, the mysterious “Professor Professorson” (Kevin Corrigan “The Departed”) emerges from the shadows to confirm that Jeff has been taking his class, “Conspiracy Theories in U.S. History,” at night school. When Jeff later admits to Annie (Alison Brie) that he’s never seen Professor Professorson in his life, the two decide to find out who the professor really is. Meanwhile, Abed (Danny Pudi) and Troy (Donald Glover) are busy building the most elaborate blanket fort that Greendale Community College has ever seen. Chevy Chase, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown and Ken Jeong also star. Source & More Photos

COMMUNITY “Cooperative Calligraphy” Season 2 Episode 8

Check out a first look at COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 8 titled “Cooperative Calligraphy” which will air Thursday, November 11 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Episode Synopsis:  When Annie’s (Alison Brie) pen goes missing, she suspects a member of her own study group is the thief. On a mission to find the pen and solve the mystery, the group takes a self-imposed lockdown and Jeff (Joel McHale) takes the lead in conducting the search. Meanwhile, Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) are itching to get out of the study room to make it to the Greendale Puppy Parade taking place in the quad. Chevy Chase and Gillian Jacobs also star. Source Here

'Community' scoop: Malcolm-Jamal Warner enrolls in NBC comedy!

Theo Huxtable is enrolling in Community! EW has learned exclusively that Cosby Show alum Malcolm-Jamal Warner will appear in an upcoming episode of the NBC comedy as Andre, the ex-husband of Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown). Warner begins work this week on the single-camera show that also stars Joel McHale and Chevy Chase. Warner starred in the NBC comedy The Cosby Show from 1984 to 1992. He went on to co-headline in Malcolm & Eddie from 1996-2000. His other credits include a stint on Dexter and The Cleaner. Source Here

'Community' webisodes featuring Dean Pelton are streets ahead

Online-only material is always hit-and-miss, but the new “Office Hours” webisodes featuring Dean Pelton from Community are full of slightly inappropriate awesomeness. Among other things, these three little gems introduce us to the term “hair-abled,” reveal who’s behind the Greendale Human Being mask, and, well, make you chuckle. I’m being pamphlet-serious here, people. Watch them, and then tell me what you think. And on a related note, who would win in a cage match: “Office Hours” or “The 3rd Floor“? Source & Videos

'Community': EP Dan Harmon explains Abed's evolution

If there's any character on NBC's "Community" that fans have asked us to find out more about, it's Abed. In many ways, Abed (played by Danny Pudi) has been like the chorus in a Greek tragedy, which speaks for the audience, but the show has begun to explore his character and develop it as in Thursday's (Nov. 4) episode called "Aerodynamics of Gender" with guest star Hilary Duff. "Abed was always a commenter in the beginning," executive producer Dan Harmon tells Zap2it. "He was sidekick kind of a character. But that was there as a safety valve for anybody who was so sick of TV and didn't trust it anymore. Here he was a fan of everything in the past and also now a fan of what you were watching with him." Harmon describes Abed as his way of connecting to an audience - a character that the viewers, who may be wary of a new show, can relate to. To Read More Click here.

TV ratings: 'Big Bang,' 'Private Practice' rise Thursday

Fast National ratings for Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 "The Big Bang Theory" jumped by more than a million viewers over last week and helped keep CBS in its usual top spot in the ratings Thursday. A big episode for KaDee Strickland on "Private Practice," meanwhile, gave that show its biggest audience of the season. CBS easily won the night with 13.5 million viewers and an 8.3 rating/14 share in households. ABC (8.75 million, 5.9/10) came in second, while the return of FOX's regular Thursday lineup (7 million, 4.3/7) took third. NBC drew 5.2 million viewers and a 3.2/5 to finish fourth. The CW scored just over 3 million viewers and a 1.8/3. In the adults 18-49 demographic, CBS' 3.4 rating beat out ABC's 3.1 for the lead. NBC (2.3) edged FOX (2.2) for third. The CW earned a 1.2 in the demo. To Read More Click here.

Jim Rash on Playing COMMUNITY’s Dean Pelton

NBC debuted a COMMUNITY-based web series this week featuring Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) conducting Greendale business in his own unique fashion. In the first three “Office Hours” webisodes released on, we see the dean mediate a sexual harassment case involving the Human Being and a cheerleader, seek advice from Leonard about a toupee, and try to console a student who misunderstands their relationship. Jim Rash has become a fan favorite on Community, playing the ambitious and mostly well-meaning but basically certifiable Dean Pelton. He has been a member of the Groundlings improv company for eleven years and had a starring role in NBC’s The Naked Truth along with recurring ones in shows like Reno 911 and That 70s Show. To Read More Click Here.

'Community': Two episodes bigger; Ex-MTV News' Gideon Yago sells scripted shows

Sure it's late, but we're up and you're up, so we might as well have a TV news nightcap together! NBC ordered two more scripts from their comedy that could, "Community." That brings their season order up to 24 episodes. [Hitfix] Emmy nominee for Lifetime's "Georgia O'Keefe," Joan Allen, makes her first foray into a TV series in HBO's "Luck." The series takes place in the seedy world of horse racing and stars Dustin Hoffman. [Deadline] To Read More Click Here.

COMMUNITY “Aerodynamics of Gender” Season 2 Episode 7 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of the upcoming episode of COMMUNITY Season 2 Episode 7 titled “Aerodynamics of Gender” which will air Thursday, November 4 (8-8:30 p.m. ET) on NBC. Hilary Duff guest stars in the episode. Episode Synopsis: After a classroom smackdown with a group of “mean girls” led by Meghan (guest star Hilary Duff), Britta (Gillian Jacobs), Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), and Annie (Alison Brie) bond with Abed (Danny Pudi) by turning him into the ultimate “mean girl.” Meanwhile, Jeff (Joel McHale) and Troy (Donald Glover) embrace a zen-like spirituality under the guidance of a groundskeeper when they come across a secret trampoline on campus. Determined to uncover the source of their new bliss, Pierce (Chevy Chase) ends up taking a disastrous turn on the trampoline and lands in the hospital. Ken Jeong also stars. Source & Preview