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NBC explains why it canceled 'Community'

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It was the ratings, of course. But NBC’s top entertainment executives went on record to give a little more insight into their decision-making process on canceling Community and The Michael J. Fox Show last season.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at his Television Critics Association press tour session in Beverly Hills on Sunday that the Community fandom’s “six seasons and a movie” mantra had nothing to do with the network.

“That sixth season thing was created by them — I’m surprised they didn’t say ’10 seasons and a movie,’” the executive said. “And [the mantra started] before my time [at NBC]. It didn’t just make sense for us to have another season of it at that level of audience.” READ FULL STORY

Could 'Community' be revived on Hulu?

Greendale may not have closed its doors for good after all: Hulu is currently in talks with Sony Pictures TV for a sixth season of the recently cancelled Community, a source close to the show tells EW. (Deadline first reported the news.) Sony and Hulu aren’t commenting, and another source stressed caution about such a deal, but a proposed plan would likely include a 13-episode new season of the community college meta-comedy, with creator Dan Harmon in the fold. If by chance an agreement were reached, it would push the show past the 100-episode milestone (it’s at 97), and, of course, bring it one crucial step closer to fulfilling fans’ rally cries of “six seasons and a movie.” READ FULL STORY

Gillian Jacobs on her 'Girls' role and the end of 'Community'

She has graduated from Greendale and is now headed to Hannah: Community star Gillian Jacobs has snagged a recurring role on season 4 of HBO’s Girls. EW checked in with Jacobs to talk about her new job — and, yes, the end of her old one. READ FULL STORY

'Community' canceled

NBC just placed the biggest possible roadblock on the road to six seasons and a movie: The network has canceled Community after five seasons.

In many ways, the news wasn’t surprising. The ambitious, form-tweaking, meta-comedy starring Joel McHale has long struggled in the ratings, and the 13-episode fifth season averaged 3.8 million viewers and a 1.6 rating in the 18-to-49-year-old demographic, including DVR playback. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Jefra from 'Survivor' talks about being betrayed by Tony...twice!

She should have known not to trust him after he blindsided her biggest ally right out of the game. And the truth is, she did know. But that didn’t stop Jefra Bland from being blindsided by Tony last night on Survivor: Cagayan. She called into Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) to talk all about the big betrayal, and you can hear the entire conversation right here on the InsideTV Podcast. READ FULL STORY

Jim Rash talks new season of 'The Writer's Room'

If you’re a TV fan who’s always wanted to peek behind the curtain and see what really goes down when the writers of some of today’s hottest television shows sit down to pen all new episodes, then you definitely don’t want to miss season 2 of Sundance Channel’s The Writer’s Room. EW caught up with the show’s host, actor Jim Rash (Community, The Way Way Back), to talk what fans can expect from this season.
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'Community': See a shocking clip from the season finale -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Tonight, on the second half of Community‘s season finale (we won’t even refer to it as “and possible series finale”), the hunt for buried treasure continues in hopes that Greendale Community College doesn’t get schooled by Subway. Will the Study Group figure out a way to save their slightly profitable institution? Will Jeff (Joel McHale) and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) — those crazy six-inch souls — go through with their plan to create a foot-long union of love? Did someone from Subway just hack our site and insert some ill-conceived product placement into that last sentence? We’ll run a security check and get back to you in no time Flatizza. (Hey! Stop it!) In the meantime, check out this clip from the episode, in which XX might mark the spot. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Details on the 'G.I. Jeff' animated episode -- FIRST LOOK

Given that knowing is half the battle, it’s about time you received more intel about Community‘s animated episode. Airing April 3, “G.I. Jeff” pays tribute to the ’80s animated series G.I. Joe, and you can take your first peek at the Study Group reimagined as figures of action in the photos above and below: There’s Jeff (Joel McHale) as Wingman (yes, he has a backpack with wings), Annie (Alison Brie) as Tight Ship, Britta (Gillian Jacobs) as Buzzkill, and Shirley as Three Kids.

“[G.I. Joe] was something from our childhood that was very important to us and we had fond memories of it, and we thought it would be a cool way to do another animated episode,” executive producer Chris McKenna tells EW. “Like all Community episodes, it takes on a certain style. This one has a very specific story reason for it. I don’t want to give too much away, but our characters find themselves on a Wizard of Oz-type journey through the world of G.I. Joe. … There’s a mystery that Jeff in particular has to get to the bottom of.” READ FULL STORY

'Community' star Alison Brie to produce TV Land comedy pilot 'Teachers'

Alison Brie may be taking the whole “stay in school” thing a little too seriously.

The Community star is attached to executive produce Teachers, a comedy pilot based on the popular Web series of the same name, for TV Land, EW has confirmed.

“From the second this project came across my desk, I’ve been in love with it,” said TV Land president Larry W. Jones. “The tone of the show is unlike anything we’ve had on TV Land. I’m really excited about the idea of building this unexplored world, where teachers are the eccentric characters you always hoped they weren’t.”

According to the network, Teachers follows six elementary school teachers who try to get their own lives in order while shaping (or destroying) the minds of the American youth. Stalking your ex online is bad enough — don’t get the children involved! Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert, Katie O’Brien, and Katie Thomas  (a.k.a the Katydids — yes all of their names are some form of Kate) will reprise their roles from the Web series for TV. Brie will executive produce alongside Matt Miller (Chuck) and the producers of the Web series Cap Gun TV.

'American Dad': Olivia Wilde and Gillian Jacobs will be your sexy flight attendants on Sunday -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

American Dad takes to the sky this week in hopes of turning you into a frequent crier. (You know, from laughing really hard.) In the episode, which airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on Fox, Stan and Francine learn all about the world of aviation, while trying to prevent Mark Cuban (played by Mark Cuban) from blowing the sun to smithereens.

They are recruited by a Charlie’s Angels-esque quartet of sexy flight attendants, who are voiced by some recognizable names: Olivia Wilde as Denise (the brunette!); Becki Newton as Margie (the blonde!), Gillian Jacobs as Christy (the dirty blonde!), and Megalyn Echikunwoke as Angie (the redhead!). This alluring cabin crew calls themselves “four high-flying gals who like to have fun” — so read into that what you may. And check out some of their dirty talk in the clip below.

The episode also includes vocal contributions from Kyle Chandler and returning guest Ellie Kemper. READ FULL STORY

NBC sets finale dates for 'Community,' 'Blacklist,' 'The Voice,' more

NBC has announced finale dates for several of its series, including breakout hit The Blacklist, Community, and singing competition The Voice. The network previously announced the April 24 date for the season finale of Parks and Recreation, which will feature a guest spot from first lady Michelle Obama.

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'Community': Preview the battle for Britta in Thursday's episode -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Winter Break is over, and it’s time to file back into the halls of Greendale for a new episode of Community. What will you find in there? A ghostly and ghastly one-man show by Chang (Ken Jeong). A harsh punishment for Abed (Danny Pudi) at the hands of Professor Hickey (Jonathan Banks). And a big battle over Britta. Yes, Professor Duncan (John Oliver) makes his play for the former foot model (Gillian Jacobs) with the help of his buddy Jeff (Joel McHale). But maybe Jeff’s heart isn’t into it. Because maybe it wants Britta for itself. Press pause on Good Luck Chuck, pop a few Reese’s Pieces, and check out this clip from “Introduction to Bondage and Beta Male Sexuality,” which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC. READ FULL STORY

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