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'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!

Joss Whedon: The definitive EW interview

This is a Joss Whedon story.

Which means this is the story of an overlooked underdog who rises up, embraces destiny, and strives to make the world a better place as part of a powerful team. It means there will be heartfelt speeches, smart humor, frequent pop culture references, and tales of fighting bullies and sinister corporations. There is also darkness— or at least the fear of it. Whedon arrived as a blockbuster filmmaker with last year’s top-grossing superhero mash-up The Avengers, which he’s spinning off into an ABC series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which premieres tonight. But as his devoted fan base knows, Whedon struggled to tell his wondrous stories in Hollywood’s trenches for years. A third-generation TV writer (his grandfather and father worked on shows ranging from Leave It to Beaver to The Golden Girls), Whedon created beloved culty TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and Dollhouse, as well as the online musical smash Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog; he’s also directed other films including this year’s indie darling Much Ado About Nothing.

Whedon’s story opens on the run, which is how you find him nowadays. We accompanied the 49-year-old writer-producer-director as he trekked from an EW photo shoot, raced along a Los Angeles freeway to the Marvel offices (where he’s plotting The Avengers: Age of Ultron), and then took a much-deserved breather at a coffee shop. The instant our interview concluded, a fan asked, “Is your name Joss?” and his attention spun away again.

EW Did you spend a lot of time by yourself as a kid?
JOSS WHEDON I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist, I had a terrifying father, and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren’t allowed to make a sound. “Quiet time” is what we called it, because my mom was writing. So what are you doing? You’re either writing, or you’re eating, or you’re walking up and down your driveway creating giant science-fiction universes and various elaborate vengeance schemes upon your brothers. At our apartment in New York, I’d stay in my room and listen to [Star Wars composer] John Williams and make up stories. I was afraid because every time I went outside in Manhattan, I got mugged. I remember being in my room and going, “Oh, I’m alone, but not lonesome. I have a family. They are people. But I’m all alone.” For me, that’s a defining trait.

Were you beaten up?
Only once. The first time I got mugged. They kicked me around a lot.

How old were you?
Thirteen. A tiny 13-year-old. I was small for my age.


The gift that keeps on giving: EW's Christmas Eve TV marathon guide

Image Credit: TBS

Image Credit: TBS

This holiday season, we’re presenting you with the gift that keeps on giving… a guide to Christmas Eve TV marathons. From TBS’ annual 24-hour A Christmas Story marathon (this year marks the marathon’s 15th anniversary) to Bravo’s 11 hours of The Real Housewives of Orange County (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.), there’s something out there for holiday purists and holiday Grinches alike.

High Holiday
In addition to TBS’ 24-hour Christmas Story fest, starting at 8 p.m., AMC has lined up a full day of holiday programming from 9:15 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. With specials including All I Want for Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and Miracle on 34th Street, you’ll be able to fulfill your yuletide quota in a single sitting. Over at ABC Family — a.k.a. Christmas central — The Santa Clause trilogy starring Tim Allen will be broadcast from 3 to 9 p.m. The only thing the films are missing is a sage advice-doling, wisecracking neighbor. Allen’s character Scott Calvin could have really used a Wilson during the man-to-Santa transition period.

Odd Jobs
On your long-deserved day off, it’s only fitting that you watch reality shows about unconventional jobs. If you’re in the mood for “Chinese turkey,” join the duck party on A&E. Catch up on Duck Dynastythe network’s most popular show — with this mini-marathon from 8 p.m. to tomorrow at 4 a.m. The wealthy Christian family of Louisiana woodworkers are akin to the holy family, after all. It may be too early to get drunk, but you can live vicariously through your favorite Moonshiners on Discovery from 9 a.m. to tomorrow at 3 a.m. To prepare yourself to receive that rare antique gift tomorrow, watch 20 hours worth of History’s Pawn Stars (beginning at 8 a.m.), about your favorite 24-hour pawn shop. If these jobs aren’t quirky enough for your taste, TLC is offering a 13-hour marathon (from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.) of Long Island Medium. The special also includes a catch-up session with past clients, an audience Q&A, and new footage from past episodes. Okay, so a pastry chef isn’t an odd job, but Cake Boss will be a treat in between the Southern booze and blues. Watch Buddy and the crew whip up delicious concoctions from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on TLC.

Police Procedurals
For a full day of maniacal merriment, flip to TNT for The Mentalist from 12 to 8 p.m. or USA for NCIS from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s a tough call between these two crime procedurals so you have to ask yourself, “Am I in the mood for Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) or Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly)?” Both tough, steely men are softies at heart, so you can’t go wrong.

Our Picks
For the game lover: After a Minute to Win It marathon from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m., GSN will air six straight hours of Family Feud. What better way to bond with your brood over the holidays than by watching other families make fools of themselves on national TV? You’ll more intelligent after an hour of programming.

For the science fiction lover: Science’s Firefly spree from 7 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. is the way to go. Make sure to have a pen and paper handy to jot down some of those Chinese profanities.

For the sitcom lover: Sure, she may have recently gone nuts, but Roseanne Barr was historical in Roseanne. Catch the Conners on WE from 10 a.m. to tomorrow at 5:30 a.m.

For the history buff: Before watching Quentin Tarantino’s revenge fantasy/slave drama Django Unchained (in theaters Christmas day), check out the miniseries Roots on BET from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for a more historically-accurate take.

For the voyeurs: If watching people squirm is your pastime, then Undercover Boss (11 a.m. to tomorrow at 2 a.m. on DFH) is the TV marathon for you. You might want to keep it to a minimum though or you’ll be paranoid all day at work come Dec. 26.

Read more:
‘Rudolph,’ ‘Charlie Brown,’ and ‘The Grinch': Will the great American trilogy of Christmas specials work on a newcomer?
EW’s Holiday Playlist — Christmas Cheers and Tears: Stream it here
12 must-see holiday TV specials: Your viewing guide for the season

'Firefly: Browncoats Unite': Nathan Fillion reveals a great unproduced script idea -- EXCLUSIVE

Ten years ago, Joss Whedon’s Firefly made its debut on television. Like most of Whedon’s TV efforts, it generally went unappreciated — ratings were never strong, mostly because it kept shifting time slots and was initially shown out of order — but also was deeply adored by the cult of fans who hung on every adventure of Captain Mal Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and the crew of the Serenity. Though it was canceled after only 13 episodes, the show was one of the first great success stories for TV-on-DVD, and the demand was so intense that the Whedon got the cast back together for a one-off film called Serenity in 2005.

But the show’s lost potential remains a deep wound for the fans (who dubbed themselves Browncoats), as well as for the actors and producers who worked on the project. That theme keeps coming back around again on Firefly: Browncoats Unite, the 10th anniversary special which airs Sunday night at 10 p.m. on Science Channel.

The hour-long special brings together Whedon and Fillion, as well as cast members Sean Maher, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Jewel Staite, and producers Tim Minear and Jose Molina. Together, they recount the process of getting the show up and running, the adventures on set, the shock of cancellation, and the intense bond that the people associated with Firefly still have for one another.

That idea of family kept coming up at New York Comic Con, where I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel that included Fillion, Maher, and Staite. They continuously reiterated how special it was that they kept getting to see one another years after the show went off the air. And one of the great regrets the cast has? They didn’t get the chance to write their own episodes. READ FULL STORY

'Firefly': First look at Science Channel's reunion special -- VIDEO

The Firefly 10th anniversary special is inching closer to air and has the exclusive first clip from the Science Channel program’s roundtable discussion. Below is a scene where star Nathan Fillion explains what the crew of the Serenity means to Captain Malcolm Reynolds (touching, and an unsurprisingly Reynolds-centric worldview).

Several Firefly cast members will take the stage at New York City’s Comic-Con tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. for a panel titled “Firefly Tenth Anniversary Special Event: First Look.” EW’s own Kyle Anderson will moderate the panel (I would give you Kyle’s Twitter handle, but as he points out, he’s the only entertainment reporter in America who’s managed to escape Twitter’s gravitational pull). Plus, look for NYCC coverage on this weekend from Darren Franich.

The Science Channel’s Browncoats Unite special airs Nov. 11 at 10 p.m. The one-hour program taped this summer in a hotel in San Diego when the cast was on hand for SDCC (and you remember how Firefly-gasmic that panel was, right?). The roundtable special, like the SDCC panel, is moderated by EW’s Jeff Jensen. Here’s your clip:

'Firefly' at Comic-Con, one last thing -- PHOTO

Who would have thought the panel for a 10-year-old TV show would be the shindig that would have TV fans and industry insiders buzzing the most this year? Well, for starters, the thousands of Browncoats who lined up to fill Ballroom 20, many of whom camped overnight. So as we say farewell to Comic-Con 2012, here’s a behind-the-scenes shot from Science Channel’s reunion taping. Creator Joss Whedon and stars Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk share a smile while watching, well, themselves — a decade ago. The trio were getting their first look at the cable network’s retrospective Firefly teaser video that played before the panel. We’ve already posted a bunch of Firefly reunion pics, but this is a mighty final shot: READ FULL STORY

'Firefly' Comic-Con panel live blog: Joss Whedon tears up, reveals how series would have ended

Browncoats, get ready to read about a great Firefly reunion panel. Below is’s live blog of Science Channel’s Firefly session, which includes how the cult favorite would have ended if creator Joss Whedon knew Fox was set to cancel the show, and a closing question that might be this year’s most emotional moment at the fan convention. Also, see our Firefly reunion photos here.

Let’s take off:

12:44: This is the loudest Ballroom 20 crowd I’ve ever joined and the Firefly team hasn’t even taken the stage yet! About 10,000 people reportedly lined up to get in, with many camping overnight. Whedon himself stopped by in the middle of the night.

12:48: Late start. Cast is introduced. Screaming galore. Smiles, hugs. The whole panel could just be them standing there getting applause.

12:50: EW’s own Jeff Jensen moderates the panel. He asks Joss what it means to be here today. “Means I’m running on fumes, let’s face it,” he jokes. “We always knew from the very beginning we were doing for the right reasons, in the right way, the right  way … and had the best cast I ever worked with — and we also have Alan [Tudyk]. Vindication came a long time ago. It goes to a place of transcendence that I cannot describe without becoming a girly-man.”

12:51: Star Nathan Fillion gets the same question: “If I get though this without crying, I’ll look a lot cooler. Nobody would give me a chance to be other than No. 5 guy, the lead girl’s ex. ‘He’s good but we don’t know if he can carry a show.’ Joss Whedon was the guy. He gave me the best character I ever played.” READ FULL STORY

'Firefly' cast reunion photos: 10 years later -- EXCLUSIVE

The most eagerly awaited reunion in the whole ‘verse is happening today, and has the first photos!

Here’s the cast of Firefly (most of them, anyway) who have come together at Comic-Con 2012. This was taken at the Science Channel’s roundtable before the team’s panel. We’ll shortly have full coverage of the panel, which is also being filmed for Science’s one-hour reunion TV special (debuting Nov. 11). Here’s Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, showrunner Tim Minear, and writer Jose Molina (Creator Joss Whedon joined the team on the panel — read our live blog of the panel here, which includes Whedon revealing how the series would have ended). And if that table looks familiar, it should — Firefly‘s set designer remade it for this occasion …


'Firefly' Comic-Con reunion teaser video -- EXCLUSIVE

When Firefly fans pack Comic-Con’s Ballroom 20 to see the crew of the Serenity reunited on Friday, they’ll watch a teaser video to get warmed up. This video, below. It’s all part of Science Channel’s Firefly reunion master plan, which include tomorrow’s cast-and-producers panel and an upcoming TV special (details here). Nope, there’s no new footage in this “sizzle reel,” but what’s here will remind you what made this short-lived series so great (or, for the uninitiated, give you a sense of what the fuss is all about). So without further ado… READ FULL STORY

'Firefly' getting reunion TV special, filming at Comic-Con -- EXCLUSIVE


Firefly is getting a shiny new TV special.

To celebrate the cult-favorite sci-fi drama’s 10th anniversary, Science Channel is shooting a new one-hour special chronicling the Firefly cast reunion at Comic-Con this week.

The special — titled Browncoats Unite — will include footage from Friday’s reunion panel, featuring several members of the original team including star Nathan Fillion and creator Joss Whedon. Plus, the cast is shooting an in-depth behind-the-scenes roundtable interview that will dive deeper into burning fan questions about the beloved series. Both the panel and the roundtable will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly‘s own Jeff Jensen.

Firefly is a landmark work of science fiction and a favorite with our viewers,” said Debbie Myers, general manager and executive vp of Science. “Ever since it premiered on Science, fans have asked us to do something special to mark its 10-year anniversary. With this signature celebration, punctuated by Browncoats Unite, we will connect the minds behind this classic franchise with its legions of passionate fans.”

In addition to Whedon and Fillion, Friday’s 12:30 p.m. Comic-Con panel will feature Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, Adam Baldwin, Sean Maher, showrunner Tim Minear, and writer Jose Molina. The special, produced by Pangolin Pictures, promises to unearth defining memories and first-person accounts of making the show from both sides of the camera. Browncoats Unite will air on Science, along with an all-day marathon of Firefly episodes, on Sunday, Nov. 11.

UPDATE: Firefly seo services reunion teaser video from Science Channel — EXCLUSIVE

Fans launch 'Help Nathan Fillion Buy Firefly' movement

Firefly fans have launched a Web site and Facebook page trying to rally support to help Nathan Fillion buy the rights to the canceled Fox series.

Earlier this week, Fillion told EW he’d be willing to reprise his Firefly role as Captain Mal again. Then he added: “If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”

Well, be careful what you wish for, because Firefly fans think that’s a great idea! And they’re not the only ones…

Jose Molina, a producer on Syfy’s Haven, former Castle producer and author of two Firefly episodes tweeted Friday regarding Fillion’s comment: “For what it’s worth, I’ve told him I’d drop what I was doing and follow.” READ FULL STORY

'Firefly' returning to cable; Fillion says he'd play Mal again -- EXCLUSIVE

Nathan-FillionImage Credit: Sidney BaldwinBrowncoats rejoice: Firefly is returning to basic cable — and Nathan Fillion has something to say about it.

The Science Channel has acquired the rights to the cult-hit and will air the series in its short-lived entirety, plus some new extras. Science Channel will wrap each episode with interstitial segments starring renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, who will discuss the theoretical science behind the show’s sci-fi concepts.

According to Firefly studio 20th Century Fox, this will mark the first time Firefly has aired on a fully distributed basic cable channel since 2008, when it ran on USA Network.

In honor of this occasion, star Nathan Fillion took a brief break from shooting ABC’s Castle today to jump on the phone and answer five Firefly questions — including whether he’d ever reprise the role of Captain Mal again. That interview and more details about Science Channel’s Firefly plans below:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was the part about playing the character?
NATHAN FILLION: It was my favorite job ever. What wasn’t great about it? I got to wear a low-slung holster. I got to ride horses. I got to have a spaceship. I got to act mean and curmudgeonly. [Creator Joss Whedon] is really good at kicking characters in the nuts so the other characters would have laughs at my expense and that was great too. READ FULL STORY


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