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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

'Community' cast starring in three new animated shorts

Community fans excited about the return of the beloved cult sitcom have something else to get excited about. According to an NBC announcement, the cast of Community will get animated in three new cartoon shorts that will debut on Hulu and NBC.com on Wednesday, March 7. The shorts form a three-part story called “Abed’s Master Key,” in which Dean Pelton (played by recent Oscar winner Jim Rash) hires Abed (Danny Pudi) as his assistant. As part of the job, Abed gets the Master Key for Greendale. Presumably, shenanigans ensue.

“The show fits into the web world very well,” Pudi told EW Saturday night before the Community panel during PaleyFest in Los Angeles. “[They are] almost like the tags we do at the end of an episode. Sometimes they might tie-in loosely [to the regular episodes], but it’s more about what other adventures these guys are up to.”

The animated shorts were written by Dave Seger and Tom Kauffman, who created the comedy web series Ikea Heights.

Check out a video preview below. READ FULL STORY

'Community' season finale: Rob Corddry to return... in Greendale Summer Fun Court! -- EXCLUSIVE

Community has finally been granted a return date to NBC’s Thursday night schedule (March 15, 8 p.m.), and in that welcome-back spirit, we will be saying hello to an old frenemy in the near future. EW has learned that Childrens Hospital‘s Rob Corddry will guest-star in the season 3 finale, reprising his season 2 role as Alan Connor, former law firm colleague of Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) who turned Jeff into the State Bar for having a “less than legitimate” degree. This time, Alan and Jeff square off in Greendale Summer Fun Court, with Alan representing Pierce (Chevy Chase) and Jeff representing Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) in a battle over a sandwich business started by the pair.

The episode, which is scheduled to air in late spring, also features the reappearance of Vice Dean Laybourne (John Goodman), as the Air Conditioning Repair Annex makes one last play for the soul of Troy (Donald Glover). READ FULL STORY

'Community' stars share their worst audition stories, and how to help save their show

If you’re a Community fan, you probably already know that show was unceremoniously yanked from NBC’s midseason lineup. I know, I know — and they were this close to regionals! Still, the harsh realities of our bleak, Community-less existence should be peppered with hope for a better tomorrow — the grim peacock hasn’t swung the ax just yet.

Ever optimists, the members of Greendale’s hottest study group (sans Chevy Chase and Donald Glover) gathered at the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles last Sunday to give advice and tell behind-the-scenes tales to fellow actors, discussing everything from lame inside jokes (“We run around saying ‘kern kern’. No one knows what we’re talking about. The origin story of that was Chevy couldn’t say kettle corn.” — Joel McHale) to the unlikely beginnings of Troy and Abed (“Originally, [showrunner] Dan Harmon thought it would be a Troy and Pierce Beavis and Butthead thing.” — Gillian Jacobs).

And while the biggest shock of the night came when Danny Pudi admitted that he had never seen Cougar Town before shooting Critical Film Studies, the cast did manage to squeeze in some truly horrifying before-they-were-famous audition stories, as well as some foolproof tips on how to keep the struggling show alive. READ FULL STORY

'Community': Watch Jeff Winger as... Dean Pelton? -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Soon, we will be living in the darkest timeline, as NBC’s Community has been temporarily pulled off the midseason schedule. (Don’t worry, it’s returning at some point.) But for the moment, let us bathe in the glow of tonight’s episode, “Documentary Filmmaking: Redux,” in which Dean Pelton makes a commercial for Greendale and taps our study group as his cast, while Abed films all of the Pelton-power-tripping action for another documentary. Yes, there will be an appearance by Magnitude. And Fat Neil. And Luis Guzman. But even better, you will bear witness to Jeff Winger doing his best/worst impression of the Dean. Press play and be transported to a magical place where “the students all look happy and you can’t smell that smell.” READ FULL STORY

NBC announces return of '30 Rock,' debut of 'The Firm' and 'Smash'

NBC revealed its midseason schedule today, which includes the return of 30 Rock and the debut of the new dramas Smash and The Firm.

It also revealed new day and time period changes for Whitney, Up All Night, Rock Center with Brian Williams and Harry’s Law. Community will be temporarily benched but is expected to return later this season. Prime Suspect tabled, too.

Here is the schedule: READ FULL STORY

'Community': Watch Jeff Winger turn The Gap into a hospital -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Jeff Winger is one slick dude. But can he fool Britta into thinking that he’s seriously ill and unable to help Annie move in with Troy and Abed when he’s actually just trying on some fresh threads at The Gap? Let’s watch Joel McHale work his magic in this one-minute clip from tonight’s episode of Community, titled “Studies in Modern Movement” (NBC, 8 p.m.), and hope that our doctor writes us a prescription for a khaki-counting machine. READ FULL STORY

'Community' scoop: Yvette Nicole Brown says Christmas episode will be 'musical'

Community‘s stop-motion episode last season was one of the series’ finest, but this year, the comedy is taking a more musical approach to their holiday episode.

“We really go all out,” says Yvette Nicole Brown, who plays Shirley on the show. “We all sing, but I don’t know if it’s a musical. But there’s music. It’s not lines of dialogue that are sung, but we sing.” READ FULL STORY

Game 6 attacks Thursday: 'Community,' 'Parks,' 'Office' hit lows

At least Prime Suspect has an excuse this week.

Fox’s coverage of Game 6 of the World Series crushed most of the competition Thursday night, hitting NBC’s lineup particularly hard. Game 6 delivered an overnight household rating of 13.8 — the highest yet for this championship. Once again, female-skewing ABC not only didn’t drop, but managed a slight gain; plus there was good news for The CW’s Vampire Diaries.

CBS came in second with Big Bang Theory (14.3 million, 4.5), down 12 percent, and Rules of Engagement (10.8 million, 3.4), off 6 percent. Person of Interest (11.5 million, 2.6) only lost a tenth and The Mentalist (12.2 million, 2.5) was steady.

ABC’s annual repeat of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (7.4 million, 2.3) doubled the performance of the last weeks of Charlie’s Angels in the spot. Then Grey’s Anatomy (9.8 million, 3.7) and Private Practice (6.6 million, 2.4) were up slightly.

NBC, however, was hit hard: READ FULL STORY

'Community' pays tribute to 'Animal House' for EW's Comedy Issue -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

We here at EW were looking for a way to salute some classic school-set comedies from the late 70s and 80s for our Comedy Issue, which hits stands today. We could have done it with conventional weapons, but that would have taken years and cost millions of lives. We had to all go out, as this situation absolutely required a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody’s part. The good news? We knew just the guys to do it: The students at Greendale Community College! The nine stars of the clever and refer-ential NBC comedy Community recreated some famous imagery from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Porky’s, and The Breakfast Club (which you can see in the magazine), as well as Animal House – which you can check out below in this online exclusive: READ FULL STORY

Favorite returning TV shows in trouble

After we analyzed which new fall shows were in ratings jeopardy, readers keep asking: What about the returning shows? Fringe? Community? House? Gossip Girl? Your wish for additional stress, granted: Here are some veteran series that returned weak in the ratings this fall and could be in danger when networks make their renewal decisions next year: READ FULL STORY

'Community': See Joel McHale transform into a vampire in next week's Halloween episode -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You could argue that every week is Halloween Week on NBC’s Community, but next week is one of those weeks where you’re really right. On the evening of Oct. 27, things get a little scary when our study group meets up for a Halloween pre-party, at which everyone shares a horror story. (It’s all part of a perfectly logical plan by Britta to figure out who amongst them is a psycho.) Before you watch, let us warn you: Jeff Winger totally sucks in all the right ways. Proceed, you drained and tainted bitch-dogs. READ FULL STORY

'Community' scoop: '3rd Rock' star to visit cast

No, not 30 Rock3rd Rock, as in 3rd Rock From the Sun.

Former co-star of the NBC hit sitcom, French Stewart, is set to guest star on NBC’s Community this season. Stewart will play Vincent, the owner of a celebrity impersonator service. Vincent was once a celebrity impersonator himself — or he might be French Stewart incognito. Abed (Danny Pudi) wants to cast celebrity look-a-likes to reenact films and finds himself in heavy debt to the menacing Vincent.

The episode will air early next year. Stewart is also providing a voice for Fox’s upcoming new animated comedy Allen Gregory.

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