<p>&quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;alum will be appearing on &quot;Community&quot;&nbsp;sometime later this season.</p>

"Breaking Bad" alum will be appearing on "Community" sometime later this season.

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'Community' gets 'Breaking Bad' alum Giancarlo Esposito to guest star

What plan does the former Gus Fring have in mind for the study group?

I'll have the latest installment in my Why I Miss "Community" series up tonight at 8 (hint: there's a song involved), but while we still wait for news on when and where the Greendale gang will be making their return to NBC, I have a bit of news about one of the episodes we will eventually get to see, someday, somewhere.

As first reported by Vulture's Joe Adalian, the show has cast Giancarlo Esposito — aka Gustavo "The Chicken Man" Fring from the last few seasons of "Breaking Bad" — in an upcoming episode.

The show is, understandably, trying to keep details tight about the story Esposito is involved in, but I can tell you that he plays Gilbert, a long-time employee of Pierce's late, very racist father Cornelius Hawthorne, and that he presents Pierce and the rest of the study group with a challenge related to Cornelius' inheritance.

Esposito (who's also made some guest appearances this year on "Once Upon a Time") joins a very interesting guest star roster this season that's already featured Michael Kenneth Williams, John Goodman and (as himself) Luis Guzman.

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<p>New &quot;CSI&quot;&nbsp;cast member Elisabeth Shue.</p>

New "CSI" cast member Elisabeth Shue.

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The Morning Round-Up (Cop Show Edition): 'CSI' & 'Southland'

Elisabeth Shue joins 'CSI,' while Officer Cooper celebrates a milestone

Morning Round-Up, part 2, with brief thoughts on last night's "CSI" and Tuesday night's "Southland" (which I just watched), coming up just as soon as you squeeze my hand...

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<p>A shirtless James Wolk and Eliza Coupe in &quot;Happy Endings.&quot;</p>

A shirtless James Wolk and Eliza Coupe in "Happy Endings."

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The Morning Round-Up (Sitcom Edition): 'Suburgatory' & 'Happy Endings'

Both ABC comedies show off their weaker sides

Just to try something slightly different, I'm splitting the morning round-up into a couple of posts today by genre: a couple of cop dramas in a bit, and quick reviews of "Suburgatory" and "Happy Endings" coming up just as soon as I call for an across-the-board chillaxing while wearing an indoor scarf...

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<p>Dax Shepard and Craig T. Nelson in &quot;Parenthood.&quot;</p>

Dax Shepard and Craig T. Nelson in "Parenthood."

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'Parenthood' - 'Tough Love': Mind your own business?

It's a particularly nosy week for the Bravermans

A review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as I start all my best talks with "Hey, man!"...

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<p>Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel and Ryan Kwanten in &quot;New Girl.&quot;</p>

Max Greenfield, Zooey Deschanel and Ryan Kwanten in "New Girl."

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'New Girl' - 'Valentine's Day': I feel twirly, oh so twirly

Jess seeks a one-night stand, Nick visits Julia's office and Winston goes to a girls night in

A review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I play guitar in an alt-country ska band...

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<p>Damon Herriman as Dewey Crowe on &quot;Justified.&quot;</p>

Damon Herriman as Dewey Crowe on "Justified."

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'Justified' - 'Thick As Mud': End times for Dewey Crowe?

The series' biggest punching bag gets the spotlight in a terrific episode

A review of tonight's "Justified" coming up just as soon as I knock over a fluff-and-fold...

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<p>A.J. (Shaun Parkes)&nbsp;on &quot;The River.&quot;</p>

A.J. (Shaun Parkes) on "The River."

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'The River' - 'Los Ciegos': Eye of the camera

The Magus crew begins to go blind thanks to a native ritual

A few quick thoughts on tonight's "The River" coming up just as soon as I find a nice eco-hotel...

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<p>Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in a scene from the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;season premiere.</p>

Courteney Cox and Josh Hopkins in a scene from the "Cougar Town" season premiere.

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'Cougar Town' - 'Ain't Love Strange': A perfectly predictable proposal?

Jules wants to be surprising, Ellie is afraid of her son, and Travis makes a move

"Cougar Town" is back for its third season. I offered a reminder yesterday that the show has nothing to do with its stupid title any more, and I have a review of the season premiere coming up just as soon as I throw my Too Creepy flag...

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<p>Becki Newton and Neil Patrick Harris on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Becki Newton and Neil Patrick Harris on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Drunk Train': She's the one?

The show revisits a familiar story that not everyone may be happy about

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I drop some sweet wordplay about logarithms...

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<p>&quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;co-star Busy Philipps.</p>

"Cougar Town" co-star Busy Philipps.

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Interview: 'Cougar Town' co-star Busy Philipps

On fan screenings, working in a vacuum and memories of 'Freaks and Geeks'
"Cougar Town" finally returns to ABC tonight at 8:30. As I wrote about yesterday, the show has come a long way from its early days when its horrible title could be taken fairly literally. It's now a goofy, sweet, quirky, fun and at times incredibly romantic comedy about friends and family.
Tonight's premiere leans heavy on both the goof and the romance, which is either brilliant or horrible timing given that it's Valentine's Day. In terms of timing, though, the larger problem may be that the show has been off the air for almost nine months, which means all but the most passionate fans — or people who didn't delete their DVR season pass(*) — may have forgotten it existed by now.
(*) As mentioned in last week's story, those season passes are the reason the show won't abandon the terrible title, because an old show with a new title would be treated as a new show by DVRs, and it wouldn't record for anyone who didn't know to update things.  
ABC left the Courteney Cox comedy off its fall schedule, then bumped it from a planned mid-season debut a couple of months ago, which is tough sledding for a show that will be airing for the first time without the security of "Modern Family" as its lead-in. To keep the fans engaged during the long time off — and to keep the actors and writers from feeling too disconnected from their audience — the show's creators Bill Lawrence and Kevin Biegel mounted a multi-level guerrilla marketing campaign, that included cameos by most of the cast in the background of other shows and a series of screenings of season 3 episodes in cities around the country. (I talked with both Lawrence and Biegel about the campaign at press tour.)
One of those screenings was in Chicago, where co-star Busy Philipps and writer Melody Derloshon represented the series. Last month, before ABC announced the show's premiere date, I spoke with Philipps about the screening, making these episodes in a vacuum, and the show's optimistic approach to her dim-witted character, Laurie.
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