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'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' ratings rise for finales

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Three Thursday night dramas were greeted with larger audiences for their final episodes of the season, but one NBC comedy tied its all-time low.

ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy delivered 11.1 million viewers and a 3.9 rating, up 11 percent from last week and marking its best rating in three months. Check out EW.com’s interview with Grey’s showrunner Shonda Rhimes about last night’s two shocking exits here.

Bigger news: Rhimes’ Scandal (7.5 million, 2.4) was up too, and not just a little. The political soap was up 26 percent, which is expected to mark a series high for the show (even after its rating is adjusted later today to account for some Grey’s overrun). Scandal started its brief midseason run modestly but, as we’ve noted before, seemed like it had the potential to grow.   READ FULL STORY

'Community' moving to Fridays this fall

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Brace yourselves, Community fans.

The series is moving to Friday nights this fall.

The upside: Community will now have the perfect hit comedy lead in: Whitney!

“I know that most people in our industry think Friday is a graveyard but we don’t really believe that,” NBC’s entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told EW.com on Sunday about the move. “If you don’t build it they won’t come. We got some traction with Grimm, it’s the No. 1 18-49 on Fridays. We thought if we have a base there, let’s see if we can give Grimm a lead-in with these shows that actually have fan bases — including Whitney.” READ FULL STORY

EW's season finale calendar

Each year, the month of May brings the promise of warmer weather, the start of big summer movies…and the torturous, agonizing time when we have to bid farewell to our favorite primetime characters. TV addicts that we are, we feel your pain. So to curb the stress, we’ve put together a master list of when your beloved shows will be signing off.  Grab your remotes and ready those DVRs as we present this year’s finales: READ FULL STORY

'Community': Find out why [SPOILER] died in last night's 'Law & Order' episode! -- EXCLUSIVE

If you look up in the sky tonight and notice a star shining oddly — like there was something just a little off about it — you can nod poignantly and know that he has gone to a better place. Alex Osbourne, or “Star-Burns” to those who knew him least, is no longer with us.

Last night, at the tail end of “Basic Lupine Urology,” Community’s shrewd Law & Order homage, that quirky, shady, lizard-toting, top-hatted, leather-vested student with funky facial hair seemed to have met his end when his car was rear-ended, causing the makeshift meth lab in his trunk to explode. We were spared the grisly visuals, instead watching Professor Kane (Michael K. Williams) receive a phone call with the tragic news. Next week’s episode allows proper space to mourn, as it picks up with his funeral.

Why was Star-Burns taken from Planet Greendale so soon? He had so many more reptiles to station on his body and drug deals to attempt to make! The reason is simple: He asked for it — literally. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Troy, Abed, Annie and Jeff law down the 'Law & Order' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On tonight’s episode of Community (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), Jeff Winger and his study buddies are hungry like the wolf — the Dick Wolf, that is. When someone at Greendale sabotages the group’s science project — call it premeditated yamicide — the episode blossoms into an homage to Wolf’s Law & Order. Yes, when it comes to ambitious, unpredictable TV comedy, Community is the real McCoy — the real Jack McCoy, that is… Okay, I’ll stop. In the clip below, you can see detective team Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) discuss a break in the case with ace attorneys Jeff (Joel McHale) and Annie (Alison Brie). After you watch, tell us who you think has turned into a yam murderer and ask yourself: Would you eat one of Garrett’s hot dogs?

(For all the behind-the-scenes scoop on this special episode, pick up a copy of this week’s EW.)

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Joel McHale on 'Community' costar Chevy Chase: 'My guess is he'll be back'

Community star Joel McHale expressed tentative optimism that NBC’s cult-favorite comedy would get a fourth season, while he attempted to laugh off Chevy Chase’s recent feud with showrunner Dan Harmon.

“There’s four more voice mails coming out that will make it a full series,” McHale told reporters at NBC’s summer press event in Pasadena on Wednesday. “It’s going to be a book on tape. It’s going to be read out loud by Samuel L. Jackson.”

Asked if Chase complaining that Community isn’t funny bothered him, McHale said, “He says that every day. And we say, ‘Well, it’s not Karate Dog,’” and later joked, “I don’t think it was actually him on those voice mails because I don’t think he could figure out voice mail.”

When asked if Chase will return to the show, however, McHale gave a more serious-sounding answer: “He obviously wasn’t very happy. But he loves the cast, my guess is he’ll be back if we’re back…. I’m assuming so if he gets the Bentley that he asked for.” READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan on 'Mad Men'? Plus: The big 'Community' spat and 'Shark Tank' tips

Whoa! What the heck happened to the former Betty Draper (now Betty Francis)? And who knew Megan Draper could sing? Or clean while half-naked? These were a few of the big questions raised after the first few episodes of Mad Men’s 5th season. And now Dan Snierson and I discuss and debate the other pertinent question everyone must ask him- or herself: Team Betty or Team Megan? Megan is looking pretty good right now, and Betty…well, not so good. But which is the best woman for Don (and for viewers)? We tackle that topic and more on the latest edition of the InsideTV Podcast. Was January Jones’ fat suit a stroke of genius or just plain distracting? Is Roger on the outs at the firm? And when are we gonna get more Cosgrove? We’ll talk all that and more (including Dan’s somewhat futile attempts to get show creator Matt Weiner to spill the beans on plot details).

Then we turn our attention to the big public Community spat between star Chevy Chase and creator Dan Harmon. Do off-screen shenanigans impact the on-screen enjoyment of the show? What should they do with Pierce if Chevy leaves the program? And who’s the most important character the comedy cannot afford to lose? (The Community portion of the podcast starts at 12:20.)

You think we’re done. But we’re not! Next, Dan and I take a dip in the Shark Tank to talk about all the infuriating things people do while negotiating with the investors. We offer a Public Service Announcement to said knuckleheads and offer up some negotiating rules that should be followed to the letter. (Shark Tank chat begins at 19:15)

To join in on the fun, just click on the audio player icon below. Or, since we’re on iTunes, you can subscribe for free and take the podcast with you on the go. No iTunes? No problem. You can also download the entire podcast right here. And to send a question to the InsideTV Podcast team, follow us on Twitter @InsideTVPodcast. But first let us know what you think: Are you Team Betty or Team Megan? Would you watch Community without Chevy Chase? And what’s your biggest Shark Tank pet peeve? The message boards are open for business!





From the EW Archive: 'He's Still Chevy Chase (And You're Not),' August 2004

SNL‘s first breakout star struck comedy gold with Caddyshack, Fletch, and Vacation, but then he crashed and burned. This week, as an angry voicemail Chase left for Community producer Dan Harmon went public, it looks like he might be heading down that path again. Can the funnyman come back from this serious misstep? We look to his 2004 interview with EW’s Daniel Fierman to see how he rebounded last time…

Chevy Chase recalls the precise moment he hit bottom. It happened in front of unflinching television cameras, as he sat alone on a dais with his eyes masked by tinted sunglasses. Offered a hundred grand by Comedy Central to do a televised Friars Club roast, Chase was introduced to his place in history. And it was brutal. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Will Troy and Abed build a blanket fort, a pillow fort, or... both? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Sure, it’s comforting to know that Community has finally returned to NBC. But do you know what’s even more comforting? The world’s biggest pillow fort. Or wait. Maybe it’s the world’s biggest blanket fort? This issue could wind up tearing Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) apart in tonight’s episode, as they set about constructing competing masterpieces.

You can see how the tension begins in this clip from “Digital Exploration of Interior Design,” as Dean Pelton (Academy Award winner Jim Rash) urges the pair to put Greendale Community College on the map and set a world record with their previously established fort-building skills. In this high-stakes two-part saga — which will conclude next week — Abed is Team Pillow, while Troy represents Team Blanket.

In other news, Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), Pierce (Chevy Chase), and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) try to sabotage the new Subway shop in the caf, while Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman) makes another attempt to lure Troy over to the Dark (Air Conditioning Repair Annex) Side.

Click below to peek at the episode that answers the question: How pillow can you go? (And let us pray that we are never subjected to Dean P’s Google search history.)

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'Community' returns to TV 'war zone'! Yvette Nicole Brown promises more 'Jirley' -- EW VIDEO

The first few seconds of Yvette Nicole Brown’s interview with EW pretty much say it all: “Community‘s baccccckk!!! March 15!!!” Straight and to the point. But in case you’re the kind that appreciates elaboration:

Community returns tonight after a long and unexpected hiatus that started when NBC announced its midseason lineup in November, with one well-noted absence.

With all that unpleasantness behind them, Brown says the cast is looking ahead and simply glad to be back on the schedule. “Even though Thursday at 8 p.m. has become a war zone ratings-wise, with so many great shows in that one half-hour, I’m overjoyed that we got that timeslot back. It’s our battle-scarred [timeslot]. It’s our war zone,” she said.

So, to battle they go. (Against The Big Bang Theory and American Idol, no less.) The last original episode, which aired back in November, received a 7-percent uptick – garnering 3.6 million viewers — thanks most likely to legions of rallying fans.

Numbers aside, Brown is excited about what’s in store for the season’s remaining 12 episodes. As the cast teased at PaleyFest last week, there’s a wedding in the first episode back, an upcoming episode in which Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi) take to The Dreamatorium for most of the half-hour, and an epic battle in the finale. Brown also spoke highly of the episodes coming up that heavily feature Jeff and Shirley, an character combo the actress mistakenly called “Jirley.” (For the record, we support this…) “Shirley and Jeff are becoming friends. They became friends in the foosball episode, and their friendship is being deepened in these episodes,” she said. READ FULL STORY

'Community' promises return will be 'the entertainment event of the year' in new trailer

Community returns March 15 to NBC, and an appropriately epic trailer has been unveiled. It promises more drama, passion, and action — in the form of the possible separation of Troy and Abed, the potential drunken union of Jeff and Britta, and a massive pillow fight. Watch it below. Then send the link to your friends who’ve yet to watch the show. If this doesn’t get them… READ FULL STORY

'Community': Somebody's getting married! First look at next week's return -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You huffed. You hollered. You harangued. And in the end, you got your wish: Community will return to NBC next Thursday after a three-month hiatus with an all-new episode. Nope, not part-new. All-new. In “Urban Matrimony and the Sandwich Arts,” Andre (Malcom Jamal Warner) re-proposes to Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown), who also teams up with Pierce (Chevy Chase) to sell Dean Pelton (Academy Award winner Jim Rash!) on a sandwich shop for Greendale’s caf. In other words, Shirley has a lot going on. If you can’t wait until next Thursday — and who can? — check out this clip, in which the gang sit around a table, discussing Shirley’s big news. Come for the romance, stay for Britta (Gillian Jacobs) trying to define an analogy.

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'Community' boss 'confident' about season 4 chances. Plus, more scoop from Paleyfest!

Fans at Saturday night’s Community event during the annual PaleyFest got plenty of scoop on the remaining 12 episodes of the cult comedy — but if any news had them cheering, it was the hopeful message producers sent about the show’s chances of a fourth season.

“The people at NBC love the show. We’re feeling pretty confident,” Russ Krasnoff, one of the show’s executive producers, told the crowd, to cheers that were almost as big as the standing ovation given to recent Oscar winner Jim Rash when he walked on stage.

The cast and creative team (sans Chevy Chase and Donald Glover) were on hand to preview the surprises in store for the rest of the show’s current third season, which returns March 15, following its unexpected (and much criticized) hiatus. READ FULL STORY

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