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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

'Community': B.J. Novak to guest in season finale

Little is known about Community‘s season finale, but here’s some intel to chew on: One, it’s in two parts. Two, here’s one celebrity guest you can expect to see: B.J. Novak.

EW has learned that the Office alum — whose first book was released this week and who will hit the big screen this spring in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — will make a cameo appearance in the first half of the finale. How exactly Novak factors into the story is being kept under wraps, but he plays what’s being described as “a TV star in a sexy new series. READ FULL STORY

'Community': See Nathan Fillion as Greendale's chief custodian -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Your cult TV-loving brain is about to explode with joy — as Nathan Fillion guests on Community tonight — and there’s only one man who can clean it up: Greendale head custodian Bob Waite, played by… yes, Nathan Fillion.

The Firefly alum-turned-Castle star assumes the role of the politically savvy janitor-in-chief who clashes with Annie (Alison Brie) and Prof. Hickey (Jonathan Banks) over a simple bulletin board, while the rest of the study group is trying to get the Greendale cafeteria good and ready for the midterm dance. Click on the video to preview a scene from “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking” (8 p.m., NBC), in which Waite’s deputy, Lapari (Kumail Nanjiani), introduces Annie and Hickey to the top of the mop. The episode also includes appearances by Paget Brewster as Greendale’s I.T. boss and Robert Patrick as the head of parking. It’s 30 minutes of staffs and laughs!
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InsideTV Podcast: Gillian Jacobs on why 'Community' is peaking in season 5

Rejoice, human beings! Community is back, inching ever closer to actually fulfilling its “six seasons and a movie” destiny. Yet even as rabid as some fans may be, and even as exciting as the news is that show creator Dan Harmon has returned, there are still many who have yet to give the off-the-wall NBC comedy a chance. Rather than conduct an Inspector Spacetime investigation into this ongoing mystery, we enlisted Community cast member Gillian Jacobs to explain exactly why people should be tuning into season 5. And she did just that when she stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studios.

Now you can hear the entire conversation right here on the InsideTV Podcast. Jacobs talks all about the return of fired showrunner Harmon, discusses how her character of Britta has evolved (devolved?) since the show began, and reveals how much she actually understands when she first picks up a Community script. There is also a tangent about “stolen touchdowns” that is most certainly worth your time. It’s a must-listen for any fan of either Community or Torg the troll.

But that’s not all, because we then step into whooooooooose house? Run’s house!!!! (Sorry, 1980s rap reference there.) Rev Run himself stopped by the EW Radio studios with his lovely wife Justine to talk all about their new DIY show, Rev Run’s Renovation. Does the master M.C. know anything about home renovation? And can his marriage survive a house being turned upside down in order to install such things as a princess bed with a slide in his daughter’s room? I chat with hip-hop royalty about all that and more. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Creator Dan Harmon on his return and what's in store for season 5

Community makes a triumphant return to NBC tonight at 8 p.m. with two things of interest: Back-to-back episodes and Dan Harmon back in the showrunner’s seat. (Okay, that’s technically three things.) How did it feel for Harmon (who’s also the co-creator of Adult Swim animated comedy Rick and Morty) to be reunited with his beloved, weirdo creation after a one-year exile? What high-concept high jinks is he planning for season 5? And how many more seasons (and a movie) of this community-college comedy does Harmon want to make? Those answers — and many others — are contained in the following Q&A. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Jim Rash gives tour of teacher's lounge -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Community is back tonight with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Below, Jim Rash (aka Dean Pelton) gives a tour of the teacher’s lounge, which features prominently in the second half-hour when Jeff Winger (Joel McHale)  becomes — gulp! — a  member of the Greendale faculty. There’s a history lesson involved as well. Enjoy. READ FULL STORY

'Community' spoofs 'Mad Men' in new promo -- VIDEO

The latest promo for Community‘s Jan. 2 return could not have less information about the new season — and that’s exactly what they intended.

Taking a cue from Mad Men, the spoof-loving comedy released this new ad that tells you as little as humanly possible while making every uttered word seem like the most important thing ever said. Ah, art.

Watch below, and for a trailer with less spoof and more scoop, click here.
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'Community': The study group gets animated for the holidays -- VIDEO

You may not be getting a Christmas-themed episode of Community in your TV stocking this holiday season, but you’re not getting a lump of coal either. Dan Harmon & Co. have unleashed a one-minute, forty-six-second animated short in the style of the 2012 Abed’s Master Key webisodes.

In “Miracle on Jeff’s Street,” we find a sighing Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) home alone before some surprise guests from Greendale crash the proceedings to provide Christmas cheer (and some helpful tune-in information for season 5, which kicks off Jan. 2). Press play and find out why you might want Troy (Donald Glover) to throw up all over your place on Christmas Day. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Check out the first trailer for season 5 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Bad news: You still have to wait several weeks for the new season of Community to begin. Good news: You don’t have to wait another second for a quick preview. Check out this new trailer for the NBC comedy, in which Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) apparently has found himself at another career crossroads, and the student is about to become the teacher. Also, there is pasta throwing. There are outrageous costumes. Plus, a Leonard sighting and a Scrubs meta-reference! If you are a good person being sued, oppressed or beaten, press play and enjoy 60 seconds of comic relief. That’s the Winger Guarantee.
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'Community': Chris Elliott to guest

The Eagle(heart) has landed at Greendale.

Eagleheart star Chris Elliott will guest-star in an upcoming episode of Community, EW has learned. The veteran comedic actor (Get A Life, There’s Something About Mary) assumes the role of Russell Borchert, the quirky founder of Greendale Community College who went missing many years ago after a bizarre sex scandal. His episode will likely air in May. READ FULL STORY

'Justified' star Walton Goggins talks 'Community' guest role -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Oh, Boyd! Justified‘s Walton Goggins is headed to Greendale! Goggins will guest-star on the Jan. 16 episode of Community as Mr. Stone, an investigator with a connection to Pierce (ex-cast member Chevy Chase) who administers a lie-detector test to the study group. “I come with scathing criticism and an offer that even Boyd Crowder couldn’t refuse,” he says. “It’s really an opportunity for this group of characters that we’ve all grown to love to really look at themselves and to take a moment to reflect on who they are in this world. I don’t think people will view this show the same way afterward — because of the things that are said and because of what the characters say about themselves. And it does it in a way that only Community can do. It does it with biting humor and a real understanding of smart people understanding themselves. And it’s very touching in the way that it wraps up without telling you how it all unfolds.” READ FULL STORY

'Arrested Development' star David Cross to guest on 'Community'

Community is showing more love for Arrested Development: In addition to featuring a cameo by series creator Mitch Hurwitz in an episode, the NBC comedy has now signed up David Cross for a guest spot. (Vulture first reported the news.) READ FULL STORY

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