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Bill Lawrence to helm 'IT Crowd' adaptation for NBC

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Last year, NBC lost The Office and 30 Rock. It canceled Community, and sometime next year, we’ll see the last of the Parks & Rec gang. The future has seemed bleak for NBC’s once-lauded comedy content, so maybe that explains why it’s digging through old projects to turn things around: Deadline reports that Cougar Town and Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence has signed on to produce an NBC adaptation of the popular British sitcom The IT Crowd.

NBC has been here before. It picked up an IT Crowd pilot starring Joel McHale (and Richard Ayoade, from the original British version) in the 2006-2007 season, but no more episodes were filmed. Lawrence will be joined by the writing team of Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who started on Scrubs and served as executive producers on Community from 2009 to 2012.

The IT Crowd follows the misadventures of two socially inept male computer nerds who work at a big company, and their interactions with their female boss, who’s computer illiterate. The original version starred Ayoade, Chris O’Dowd, and Katherine Parkinson.

Lawrence is a busy guy these days. He’s also working on a primetime adaptation of Rush Hour, although a network has yet to pick up the project.

Yvette Nicole Brown exits 'Community'

A sixth season of Community is coming soon, but unfortunately it will be without Shirley. Sony TV confirmed on Monday that Yvette Nicole Brown is leaving the community college-set comedy, which was canceled by NBC in the spring and is being revived by Yahoo. (TV Guide first reported the news.) READ FULL STORY

Bob Odenkirk prepares to cut off Gillian Jacobs' toes on 'Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories'

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If an actor from Breaking Bad and another from Community agreed to guest-star on your chilling and bizarre anthology/comedy series on Adult Swim, what you would have them do? READ FULL STORY

See Yahoo's first 'trailer' for season 6 of 'Community'

Do you wish to get amped up for new episodes of Community? Yahoo has just put out its first season-six trailer for the cult comedy that NBC canceled in May and Yahoo Screen is bringing back to life in cyberspace. Get ready to see all sorts of crazy spoilers that will forever change the way you look at Greendale and the study gr—

I’m sorry. I can’t lie to you.

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'Community' star Yvette Nicole Brown joins CBS' 'Odd Couple'

In the words of Shirley herself, “ooh, that’s nice!”

EW has confirmed that Yvette Nicole Brown, who’s known for playing the god-loving and guilt-mongering housewife Shirley on Community, has been cast in the CBS reboot of The Odd Couple. Brown will play the messy Oscar Madison’s (Matthew Perry) assistant Dani.

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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

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