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Community Comic-Con Panel: Troy and Abed to Become...

Forget Troy and Abed in the Morning . On season three of Community , we'll get Troy and Abed in the morning, in the afternoon and at night: these two will become roommates, creator Dan Harmon said today at his show's Comic-Con panel discussion. Among the other topics addressed: Why Michael Kenneth Williams as a new professor? "I want to add layer of intensity," Harmon said. Episodes on tap this season included a Halloween adventure, a unique season premiere and an installment involving multiple timeline. Chevy Chase agrees that Pierce went " too far " last season, but Harmon assures us: "By the time we’re done, you’re going to know why you’d hang out with Pierce." Yes, we'll meet new family members . (In a separate press room interview, it was pretty much revealed to me that Jeff's dad will show up, and that Dan Harmon's life would be made if he were played by Bill Murray.) Will the study group actually graduate if there's a fifth season? "All I know is that there is a four-year story that we promised in the pilot," Harmon said. "We need the show to last forever, but we need to respect it." //

Michael Kenneth Williams Cast on Community

Michael Kenneth Williams is taking a break from robbing drug dealers and running alcohol to teach biology. The actor, beloved by HBO fans for his roles on The Wire and Boardwalk Empire , has landed a huge role on season three of Community: he'll portray a professor for Jeff, Abed, Shirley and company. Williams will appear in at least three episodes, following in the educational footsteps of Senor Chang, Professor Duncan and Betty White. The character will be an intense ex-con. //

Community Season 3 Spoilers: Annie's Rival, Jeff's Father and Chang's... Rise to Power?

Community creator Dan Harmon will once again join his cast for a panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, but we just couldn't wait that long. So, we phoned Harmon to see what he's got up his sleeve for Season 3, and boy, did he spill the goods. Britta's choosing a major! Shirley will redefine herself. And despite the cliff-hanger of Season 2, it sounds like our study group may grow closer than ever this season (or at least certain members of it will). Plus: Harmon teases the group's new biology teacher and an "epic" hero's journey for Troy...  //

Emmys 2011: Snubs ('Community,' Kyra Sedgwick) and surprises ('Justified,' Cat Deeley)

This year's primetime Emmy nominees seemed to have more surprises than we've seen in years, which is saying a lot, given some of the shockers we've seen in the recent past.Not all surprises, though, are good ones.Let's take a look at the surprises and the major snubs from the 2011 primetime Emmy nominations:SURPRISESLouis C.K. nominated as lead comedy actor: C.K. has gotten a lot of press for his low-budget FX comedy showcase "Louie," and his surprisingly good acting has been one of the big reasons why. He also got a writing nomination; alas, he didn't get a directing nod, which would have given him a trifecta achieved by very few (if any) in TV history.Matt LeBlanc nominated as lead comedy actor: While C.K. excelled at playing himself, LeBlanc did... OK. In fact, everything about "Episodes," the show he was nominated for, was OK. Maybe the fact that he played a jerkier version of himself is... //

Community Returning to Comic-Con

Once again, the gang from Greendale is coming to San Diego, as   creator Dan Harmon confirms the series will have a panel again at Comic-Con. Harmon   tweeted   that the panel will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at 1:00pm.   We're still waiting to hear what room it will be in and who exactly will be there, but we're betting most of, if not all of, the cast will be in attendance, alongside Harmon. Last year at Comic-Con, the show received a jubilant response from a packed room of appreciative fans.   //

Can 'Community' Score an Emmy Nom for Animation?

Emmy voters are currently filling out their ballots to decide what shows and performers will get nominated on July 14, and while there are many categories to watch, the one I'm excited about is the race for Outstanding Animated Program. Usually it's a dull category as shows like South Park and The Simpsons regularly dominate ( The Simpsons has earned nominations every year it's been on, except for the two years in the early '90s when producers submitted it for Outstanding Comedy Series instead). But this year, there's a new potential animated program that could cause a major upset: Community . //

TV ratings: 'Mentalist,' CBS reruns lead Thursday, 'SYTYCD' results fall

Fast National ratings for Thursday, June 16, 2011With the NBA Finals done, Thursday night's ratings returned to more normal summertime levels. CBS ended up leading the night in total viewers, while FOX led the 18-49 demographic even though "So You Think You Can Dance" declined for the second week in a row.CBS delivered 7.2 million viewers and a 4.6 rating/8 share in households in primetime, winning comfortably over ABC (5 million, 2.8/5). FOX (4.8 million, 3.0/5) took third. NBC came in fourth with 2.6 million viewers and a 1.7/3, and The CW (1.1 million, 0.7/1) brought up the rear.None of the networks managed to get over the 2.0 mark among adults 18-49. FOX was at the top of the standings with a 1.6, edging ABC's 1.5 and CBS' 1.4. NBC averaged 0.9 in the demo and The CW 0.4.... //

Richard Ayoade takes a 'Community' detour before 'Submarine' hits America

Richard Ayoade talks about directing the expected sleeper hit "Submarine" and his experience helming the acclaimed "Critical Film Studies" episode of "Community" this past season. //

TV ratings: 'So You Think You Can Dance' premiere up from last year

Fast National ratings for Thursday, May 26, 2011The premiere of "So You Think You Can Dance" started the summer TV season with solid ratings Thursday, improving on last year's debut and carrying FOX to a win for the night. FOX was the only network with original programming Thursday and led the night with 9.1 million viewers and a 5.1 rating/9 share in households. CBS (8.1 million, 5.1/9) finished second. There was a pretty sizable drop from CBS to third-place ABC (4.1 million, 2.6/4). NBC took fourth with 2.4 million viewers and a 1.5/3, while The CW drew a little under 1 million viewers and a 0.6/1.FOX led the adults 18-49 demographic by a wider margin, scoring a 3.2 rating while no one else managed to get above the 2.0 mark. CBS came in second with a 1.7, and ABC, 1.0, edged out NBC, 0.9, for third. The CW scored a 0.3 in the demo.... //

'Cougar Town': Abed, Big Kimo and other things to love about the season finale

"Cougar Town" will have a longer-than-usual break between seasons 2 and 3, thanks to ABC moving the show to Tuesdays and opting to start it after "Dancing With the Stars" concludes in the fall.So we're thankful that the show's hour-long season finale, most of which was filmed in Hawaii, left us with so much good stuff to re-watch and talk about for the next six months or so. There were a couple of decent-sized story developments -- Jules and Grayson acknowledging, if not yet fully working out, their clashing feelings about having kids together and Laurie helping convince Travis to come home by exploiting his crush on her -- but it was also really, really funny in some unexpected ways. A few thoughts on what made "Something Good Coming" so good:Closing the "Community" loop: Busy Philipps and Dan Byrd appeared in the background of the "Community" season finale, and "Cougar Town" returned the favor Wednesday... //