We're two weeks away from "Community" returning to NBC's airwaves — and fans attending Saturday night's PaleyFest panel in LA (or watching the feed in New York) will be able to see a new episode even earlier than that(*) — but I pledged to keep these posts about why I miss the show going until it returned, and so I gladly shall.
A salute to the show's game-for-anything award winner
The gang starts fantasizing about Dave in a season highlight
A quick review of last night's "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I move into a converted brewery that's still a working brewery...
Great pilot, but does the Jason Isaacs cop drama work long-term?
LA cop Mike Britten, the hero of NBC's new drama "Awake" (premiering tomorrow night at 10), survives a car crash and enters a strange new world where it's not clear what's real and what isn't. He begins splitting time between two separate realities: one where wife Hannah survived the crash while son Rex died, and another where the opposite is true.
Lena looks for her father, and Tang has her worst day ever
It's morning round-up time, with brief thoughts on last night's "The River" and "Southland" coming up just as soon as I get the cops to shut my bar mitzvah down...
A great but messy show struggles to make things neat in a potential series finale
A review of tonight's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I ask you a serious question about expiration dates...
Quarles and Raylan circle each other as the season reaches its mid-point
A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I swallow a peanut the wrong way...
Helmets and hard balls are the order of the day
A review of tonight's "Cougar Town" coming up just as soon as I call my body "The Truth" unironically...
FX announces June premiere dates for 'Louie,' 'Wilfred,' 'Anger Management' & Russell Brand talk show
All four series will air on Thursday nights
FX has a bunch of new comedy inventory coming up this summer, including new seasons of "Louie" and "Wilfred," the debut of Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" and Russell Brand's new talk show "Strangely Uplifting." Turns out the plan is to have them all air on the same night, starting Thursday, June 28.
We'll discuss the possibility of six seasons, a movie, and a lot more on Saturday night
PaleyFest — the Paley Center for Media's annual celebration of television — kicks off on Friday night with the first of two weeks of panels featuring some of TV's most notable comedies and dramas. (You can see thefull schedule here.) I've always wanted to go to PaleyFest and have never been able to make the logistics work, but this year things are very different. First, Livestream and Hulu will both be streaming a number of the panels live (Livestream's link is already live; not sure where Hulu will house all its streams). Second, I'll actually be in LA this weekend to moderate the "Community" panel on Saturday night.
As of now, the lineup for the panel includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Alison Brie and newly-minted Oscar winner/Angelina impersonator Jim Rash, plus Dan Harmon and several other producers. They'll be screening an upcoming episode, which is the one part of the panel that won't be available on the live streams (though East Coasters can attend a streamed event at the New York Paley Center that will feature the episode), followed by a lengthy session featuring questions from me and members of the audience.
Looking forward to it, and I'm glad that NBC already announced a return date, as the vibe would be very different if the show were still completely in limbo come Saturday night. I hope to see some of you there, and anyone who can't make it can watch it live from home that night. I have a good idea of what I want to ask the gang, but anyone who won't be there in person but has something they'd like to know can leave a comment here, and maybe I'll incorporate the best ones into my Q&A.
Can Nick Jonas save "Marilyn: The Musical"? And how does Ivy deal with stardom?
A review of tonight's "Smash" coming up just as soon as my mother sets me up for a date at a steak house...