‘Community’ Is Coming Back, Will Dan Harmon Return Too?

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 9:34pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

In a repeat from last year, NBC‘s perennial bubble comedy Community just snagged a 13-episode renewal. There have been some significant changes on the show over the past 12 months though. When NBC … Read More »

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Good Timing: ‘Community’ Finale Ticks Up In The Ratings Amidst Renewal Negotiations

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 9:30am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It is not a huge bump (8% to 1.3/5 in 18-49, even with the show’s finale last year), but anything helps in complicated negotiations. That is what NBC and Community producer Sony … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Idol’ & ‘Office’ Rise, ‘Scandal’ Hits Series High, ‘Glee’ & ‘Two Men’ Finales Down, ‘Community’ Finale Even

By | Friday May 10, 2013 @ 9:05am PDT

There was big drama both on and off the stage for American Idol (2.8/9) last night after longtime judge Randy Jackson announced he was leaving earlier in the day and the finalists were voted down to the final two. Now Kree Harrison and Candice Glover will face off in next week’s Season 12 finale along with, according to Ryan Seacrest, a “surprise duet” performance featuring Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert. Coming off a string of all-time lows, Idol was up last night from last week’s results show. The Fox series rose 12% from its May 2 fast nationals and 8% from last week’s final numbers. ABC’s Scandal (3.2/9), meanwhile, surged up 23% from its May 2 show to not only beat Idol again in the key demo in fast nationals but also hit a series high for the political drama.

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UPDATE: RATINGS RAT RACE: NBC’s ‘Hannibal’ Tops Premiere In Second Week

By | Friday April 12, 2013 @ 1:58pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:58 PM: Looks like NBC’s Hannibal has some teeth. Final numbers for last night have the network’s new drama rising up over Read More »

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Andy Bobrow Signs Overall Deal With Sony

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 5:12pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Community co-executive producer Andy Bobrow has signed a new two-year overall deal with Sony Pictures TV, which produces the cult NBC comedy, which is on the bubble for renewal. In addition to his work … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ & NCAA Tournament Dip, ‘Wife Swap’ Returns Strong, ‘Beauty & The Beast Rises, ‘Community’ & ’1600 Penn’ Hit Lows

By | Friday March 22, 2013 @ 9:46am PDT

After Wednesday’s Beatles performance show on Fox’s American Idol (2.8/9), last night saw another finalist eliminated and the contestant list trimmed to eight. The live one-hour results show slipped 7% from the fast nationals of the season’s first results showlast week, and Idol was down 10% from the 3.1 it garnered in final numbers for its March 14 show. Idol had a small viewership bump last night, up 1% to 11.7 million versus 11.6 million last week. A new Glee (2.0/5) followed Idol, finishing even with its March 14 show but seeing a 9% viewership rise in fast nationals (from 5.4 million viewers to 5.9 million). Fox won the night in total viewers and tied with ABC in adults 18-49.

Related: NCAA Tournament Hits Thursday 22-Year Ratings High
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Glee’ & ‘Community’ Up Big, ‘American Idol’ ‘& “Big Bang Theory’ Slip, ’1600 Penn’ & ‘Person Of Interest’ Tie Lows

By | Friday March 8, 2013 @ 9:11am PST

Ending its three-night live round, American Idol (3.5/10) pared it down to the final 10 contestants of Season 12 on Thursday. Spilling two minutes over, the scheduled 90-minute live show had a lot of Ryan Seacrest shuttling back and forth to the holding room to bring the lucky ones back on stage. It also had a mixed bag of ratings results. While last night’s Idol dipped 5% from last week’s two-hour show, it went up 6% in total viewers from 12.2 million to 12.9 million. Expect adjustments upward in the final numbers. After Idol, there was more singing as a new Glee (2.5/7) went to the movies last night as the students of McKinley High pulled tunes from the big screen, including a show stopping Tom Cruise homage. With a bit of Idol overrun to help fuel it, the one-hour episode featured the series’ 500th song but it also starred a rocketing 47% rise over the last original on February 14, 2013. Read More »

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‘Community’ Teases All Puppet Episode, Fifth Season At PaleyFest 2013

By | Tuesday March 5, 2013 @ 11:10pm PST

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Community PuppetsIt wasn’t until the end of tonight’s Community panel at PaleyFest 2013 that the one genuine piece of news emerged, as a clip of the cast as Muppet-like puppets was shown to those at the Saban Theatre. An all-puppet episode featuring extensive use of the performers in puppet form will air in April and include a cameo from Jason Alexander (though not as a puppet). As the panel closed, the cast mates brought out their puppet lookalikes to revel in the moment. The puppet gambit is in keeping with a quirky series that’s already used stop-motion animation and other creative devices to distinguish itself. Earlier, new show runners David Guarascio and Moses Port focused on this Thursday’s episode that finds the introduction of James Brolin in a recurring role as the long-estranged father of star Joel McHale’s character, Jeff Winger. The installment also features Fred Willard in a cameo, and he was also present during a table read that opened the panel.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘American Idol’ Slips To Win Sleepy Post-Sweep Thursday

By | Friday March 1, 2013 @ 9:22am PST
Nellie Andreeva

As much as they say sweeps don’t matter anymore, the broadcast networks still try to put their best foot forward in November, February and in May. And on the first night following the February sweep last night, most … Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Zero Hour’ Debuts With Record Low, ‘Community’ & ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Hit Series Low, ‘American Idol’ Down

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 8:59am PST

The premiere of Zero Hour (1.3/4) on Valentine’s Day saw the full-time return of Anthony Edwards to primetime more than a decade after he left ER. Unfortunately for ABC, on a night that traditionally sees lower viewership, the conspiracy drama marked the lowest-rated in-season debut for a scripted show ever on the network. Facing off against American Idol in the 8 PM time slot, Zero Hour was down 41% from the September 27 premiere of Last Resort, a show that is now cancelled, and 38% from the March 15 premiere of Missing. That still pales compared to the January 31 premiere of the now cancelled Do No Harm on NBC which got a 0.9/3) and was the lowest rated in-season premiere ever of any scripted show on the any of the Big Four networks.

Zero Hour wasn’t the only show having a rough night. In its second week of its fourth season and also head-to-head with Idol on Fox, NBC’s Community (1.1/4) fell 42% from its season debut last week to hit a series low. ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy (2.7/7) didn’t have to face Idol, but it was down 13% from last week to also hit a series low. In its second show of the Girls Only Hollywood Week, Idol (3.6/11) itself was also down. The competition series slid 12% from last week’s Guys Only Hollywood Week Part 2 show. Following Idol, a new Glee (1.7/5) took a bigger hit, falling 23% its February 7 show.
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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Do No Harm’ Falls Again, ‘Community’ Returns Up, ‘American Idol’ Dips, ‘Scandal’ Hits High

By | Friday February 8, 2013 @ 8:59am PST

After the worst in-season network debut rating ever last week, NBC’s Do No Harm (0.7/2) did itself more harm by falling 22% from that January 31 debut. To put it in further perspective, viewership of the certainly soon-to-be-cancelled new show fell from the 3.3 million who watched last week to 2.18 million. It wasn’t all bad news on NBC on Thursday, however. With the end of 30 Rock last Thursday, this week saw the long-delayed return of Community (1.8/6) for a fourth season at 8 PM. The comedy bested its previous season opener of September 22, 2011, when it wasn’t facing American Idol, by 6%, and beat its May 17, 2012 Season 3 finale by 38%.

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PaleyFest 2013 Unveils Full Schedule; ‘Walking Dead’ Tapped For Opening Panel

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 9:18am PST

AMC’s The Walking Dead will serve the opening-night panel March 1 at Paley Center for Media’s annual TV confab, which runs through March 15 at the Saban Theatre in LA. The full slate of panels announced today includes the already … Read More »

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NBC’s Bob Greenblatt “Absolutely Hopeful” About Fifth Season Of ‘Community’: TCA

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 11:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

After a lot of behind-the-scenes turmoil that resulted in the departures of creator/executive producer Dan Harmon and co-star Chevy Chase since Community ended its third season, the quirky comedy is finally returning on the air … Read More »

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What’s In The Box? Holiday Greetings From NBC’s ‘Community’

By | Saturday December 22, 2012 @ 1:33pm PST

Castmember Joel McHale introduces holiday cheer from NBC’s Community, which returns February 7th:

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Chevy Chase Leaving NBC’s ‘Community’

By | Wednesday November 21, 2012 @ 2:10pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Pierce Hawthorne is dropping out of Greendale Community College. After a tumultuous three-and-a-half-year relationship, Chevy Chase and the producers of NBC‘s cult comedy Community are parting ways by mutual agreement. Chase’s departure from the show is effective immediately. The bulk of Community‘s 13-episode fourth-season order have been filmed. Chase won’t appear in the one or two episodes that have not been shot yet. Read More »

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UPDATE: NBC Unveils Midseason Schedule — ‘Community’ Back On Thursday; ‘Smash’ To Tuesday; ’1600 Penn’, ‘Deception’ Slotted

By | Tuesday October 30, 2012 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Community February 7 Premiere DateUPDATED: NBC just released the bulk of its midseason schedule, its first lineup shepherded by new head of scheduling Jeff Bader. It features The Biggest Loser moving to Mondays (8-10 PM) to serve as a bridge between the two cycles of The Voice. Its companion will be midseason drama Deception Smash February 5 Premiere Date(formerly Infamous), which will air at 10 PM.

NBC is gambling with a long hiatus for breakout hit Revolution, which will wrap its 10-episode fall run with a big cliffhanger in November before coming back with 12 originals on March 25, following the cycle premiere of The Voice as the two shows will once again be paired together.

With Revolution staying put, Smash, which aired behind The Voice last spring, is moving to Tuesdays, premiering February 5 from 9-11 PM before settling into its regular 10 PM slot the following week. It will be a test for the musical drama, which will have a more modest lead–comedies Go On and The New Normal — the voice The Voice last season. Smash will replace Parenthood, which will have completed its 15-episode season by then. Another new Tuesday addition in midseason is Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, which will return on January 8 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM and will continue in that hour. It will bridge the two cycles of The Voice, which returns March 26.

Order is restored on Thursday as cult comedy Community returns to its 8 PM slot. The much-delayed fourth season of Community will premiere February 7. It is one of two midseason comedy additions to NBC’s Thursday lineup, along with newbie 1600 Penn, which is getting the post-Office 9:30 slot beginning January 10. The following week, Parks And Recreation, which currently airs at 9:30 PM, will move back to its old 8:30 PM berth.

Related: ‘Community’ Cast Explains Its Premiere Date: Video Read More »

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Chevy Chase Drops N-Word In Tirade On The Set Of ‘Community’

By | Saturday October 20, 2012 @ 11:48am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There was a commotion on the set of NBC comedy Community yesterday. I hear hot-tempered co-star Chevy Chase had another outburst, this time featuring the N-word. It appears that the tirade was not addressed at black cast … Read More »

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‘Community’ Cast Explains Its Premiere Date: Video

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 1:22pm PDT

NBC put Community and fellow comedy Whitney on hold this month after originally scheduling their season premieres for October 19. Whitney already has been tapped to return November 14 as a replacement for Animal Practice, so maybe it’s only a matter of time before Community’s own … Read More »

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‘Arrested Development’ Adds Chris Diamantopoulos In Guest Role

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 2:39pm PDT

The Three Stooges co-star Chris Diamantopoulos will join Arrested Development on the show’s new home on Netflix. He will appear in at least three episodes. The actor, who was on NBC’s Up All Night last season, … Read More »

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