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'Breaking Bad' creator Vince Gilligan to guest on 'Community' -- EXCLUSIVE

Vince Gilligan’s next project will take him in front of the camera: The Breaking Bad creator/executive producer will guest star in an episode of Community, EW has learned.

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NBC cancels two shows, plans 'Community' return

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Two new NBC shows were cancelled Friday as part of a dramatic shakeup of the network’s fall lineup.

Wednesday night cop drama Ironside will air its last episode next week; Thursday night sitcom Welcome to the Family is gone ASAP. NBC will use a mixture of Dateline episodes and specials to fill the Ironside hole for the remainder of the year. Starting Jan. 8, Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago P.D. will take the 10 p.m. slot. On Thursdays, NBC will likewise use a rotating mix of content for the 8:30 p.m. slot for the rest of the year, including extra episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Voice (both live and an encore) and its The Sound of Music Live telecast. Fan favorite Community will return for its fifth season on Jan. 2.

Of these two changes, the big issue is Thursdays. The Wednesday 10 p.m. hole is one hour at the end of one night. NBC’s Thursday lineup is in such a crisis that even the guys at Chicago Fire wouldn’t know how to put it out. Last night’s three-hour block averaged only a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49, just barely edging out The CW overall. NBC’s two-hour once-signature comedy block has fallen 17 percent since last year, and 57 percent since 2009.

Dumping Welcome to the Family will certainly help. The sitcom about two families who come together because of their teenage kids’ unplanned pregnancy has averaged only 2.7 million viewers and a 1.0 rating. Yet the rest of the lineup isn’t doing much better: Parks and Recreation is averaging only a 1.6 so far, Sean Saves the World is at a 1.2 and The Michael J. Fox Show has a 2.3, a number inflated by its strong premiere week. The Michael J. Fox Show was also given a pre-pilot full-season commitment in order for the network to land the show.

Here’s the full list of NBC scheduling changes, more details and analysis to come…refresh for updates:

Starting in two weeks, NBC Wednesday 10 p.m. timeslot: READ FULL STORY

Nathan Fillion to guest on 'Community'

Nathan Fillion is ducking out of his Castle to shoot a guest spot on Community.

Fillion will appear on the NBC cult comedy as Bob Waite, the head custodian of Greendale Community College, EW has confirmed. (Deadline first reported the news.) In the episode, Annie (Alison Brie) and her criminology professor Buzz Hickey (guest star Jonathan Banks) have to contend with the shrewd Bob. READ FULL STORY

Ken Jeong of 'Community' to star in NBC medical comedy based on his life

NBC is looking for a slight Chang of pace from Ken Jeong: The Community actor has signed on to star in and produce a multi-camera comedy project titled Dr. Ken, EW has confirmed. (Deadline first reported the news.) READ FULL STORY

'Community': New promo for Comedy Central syndication run pokes fun at the show's lack of promotion -- VIDEO

Community heads into syndication on Comedy Central starting Sept. 20, and three cast members from the NBC cult comedy — Joel McHale, Ken Jeong, and Yvette Nicole Brown — have filmed a promo for the cable network alerting you to this. As you can see below, they have found a clever way to joke about the fact that no one really watches the show, as well as NBC’s less-than aggressive promotion of the community college-set series. READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad' vet Jonathan Banks joins 'Community' -- EXCLUSIVE

He commanded fear and respect as a hitman/fixer on Breaking Bad, and now he will command fear and respect as… a community college professor. Jonathan Banks will appear in 11 episodes of Community‘s fifth season, EW has learned. READ FULL STORY

Dan Harmon's new series inspired by 'Doctor Who'

Dan Harmon drew from many inspirations for his upcoming Adult Swim animated series Rick and Morty. Among them? A certain beloved Time Lord.

“For me, the influences are more in British sci-fi stuff that I grew up reading — like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also there’s a heavy dose of Doctor Who in there,” he said during the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Rick and Morty follows a slightly sociopathic grandfather and his less-than-intelligent grandson as they have insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

Harmon’s moment to talk about the series came among a flood of Community-related queries today during the panel. For the record, he talked about returning to Community (again) saying, “If I had not gone back after being invited back, the worst-case scenario is 30 years of wondering what would have happened had I gone back. If I go back, worst-case scenario is one sh–ty season.”

Rick and Morty premieres in December on Adult Swim. Community returns midseason.

'Community' panel at Comic-Con: Season 5 will go back to basics

The Project
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The Panel
Dan Harmon, Jim Rash (Dean Pelton), Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley), Alison Brie (Annie), Ken Jeong (Chang), Danny Pudi (Abed), Gillian Jacobs (Britta), and writer Chris McKenna

Footage Screened
A fan appreciation comparing the constant renewal of the beloved show to the Twinkie, the McRib and the triumph of putting a man on the moon. Big cheers erupted when Joel McHale said he wished he could french kiss all the rabid fans. Ending with the popular and now familiar “six seasons and a movie” slogan, the clip set the tone for the rest of the panel.

A great gag reel of Brie rapping, everyone dancing, and of course lots of laughing.

Snap Judgment
Dan Harmon came out in an Iron Man costume that said “streets ahead” on the back, with loud rock music paying. “It is good to be back,” he said. “I am millionaire playboy and creator Dan Harmon.”

Harmon does not consider these episodes the final 13, but the most important 13 in the history of the show — so he feels a lot of pressure but is excited to start moving. His return as showrunner is giving the creator and mastermind behind Community a lot of ideas for season 5. He wants to get back to the formula for seasons 1 and 2, when each episode was stellar in itself. “Get ready for grounded story work! Who likes their characters dimensionalized?” Harmon shouted.

A video featuring McHale encouraged fans to continue to use their power to make sure the show stays safe — and introduced moderator Chris Hardwick.

Community is the nerdiest show on television,” Hardwick declared. “Philosophically the show is nerdy because it’s this big underdog in the system and you keep fighting through.”

The entire cast was extremely grateful to the fans, and happily surprised they filled Hall H — especially Yvette Nicole Brown. “It’s like a wall of love,” she told fans. She saw her first Shirley cosplay at Comic-Con this year — a costume complete with a huge bag and a bottle of booze.

Harmon compared the giant crowd to his “own LeVar Burton” and said he could only let them down. Hall H erupted with shouts of “never!” and “we love you, Dan!”

The Big Revelations
An animated episode is on the docket.

The show will be syndicated on Comedy Central starting September 20 and on local stations September 16 so everyone can catch up before season 5!

Most incisive audience question
Where do the actors want to see their characters go in the future season?

Rash would love to continue to unravel the Dean’s craziness.

Brown wants to meet Shirley’s sister.

Brie would like to see Annie become empowered, and find her ambition again.

Jeong said he trusted Harmon’s vision and can’t wait to get started.

Pudi said he was looking forward to working with the cast because they’re all weird and wonderful.

Dino Stamatopoulos (“Starburns”) even surprised the audience by showing up at the mic as a belligerent un-fan who asked a lot of questions and teased the panelists. The general sentiment was one of optimism and enthusiasm for the future of Community — with a return to the original formula. There was a Human Being in the audience, Brie gave Pudi a wet willy, and it was generally just a Greendale-filled event. Six seasons and a movie!

'Community': Dan Harmon officially returning for season 5

The ultimate goal is six seasons and a movie, but Community fans are getting something else on their wish list: Dan Harmon. READ FULL STORY

John Oliver talks about hosting 'The Daily Show,' and Dan Harmon's possible return to 'Community'

John Oliver thinks it would be “fantastic” if Community creator Dan Harmon returns to oversee the sitcom’s fifth season. On May 25, Harmon tweeted “Yes yes yes! I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale” in response to a fan requesting a “straight answer” as to his much rumored return. Oliver, who played recurring character Dr. Ian Duncan during Harmon’s original tenure at the show, said he hadn’t heard anything on the Community grapevine about the showrunner returning “but that would be fantastic.”

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'Community' creator Dan Harmon: 'I'm back' for season 5 -- UPDATE

Just a few weeks after learning that Community had been renewed for a fifth season, fans are getting more news to brighten their timeline: The return of creator Dan Harmon.

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'Community': The darkest timeline returns in the season (series?) finale -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s time to shine a light on the darkest timeline once again (or… once and for all?). In Community‘s season finale (or… series finale?), which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on NBC, the study group faces down their evil alter egos. Plus, Jeff (or… Joel McHale?) is thinking about graduating now that he has earned enough credits. Press play for your first look at “Introduction to Finality,” which offers up a paintball nod, the return of a villain, and more (or… much more?).  READ FULL STORY

'Community': See the study group as puppets -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When it came to this week’s episode of Community, the study group really felt it. Yes, viewers will get to see Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) and his Greendale pals as puppets in an episode that features the gang taking a balloon ride that crashes in the woods, where they happen upon a nice mountain man played by Jason Alexander.

Does the episode contain some Dean Pelton-led group therapy involving hand puppets? It does. Are there songs as well? Several. (Guest-star Sara Bareilles sings one, and Adam Levine co-wrote another.) Are you about to click on the video below to see the gang (as larger puppets) meet the possibly psychic, questionably coiffed mountain man? I think you know the answer to that. READ FULL STORY

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