TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Pillows and Blankets”

Donald Glover in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Pillows and Blankets" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Director: Tristram Shapeero Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 5, 2012 This week’s COMMUNITY is essentially the second part of last week’s cliffhanger where long time friends Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) start a war against each other when one wants to build a pillow fort in the school and the other a blanket fort. So how does this all pan out? Well, “Pillows and Blankets” becomes a faux Kevin Burns-esque documentary on the battle lines …Read On »

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Interview: COMMUNITY star Yvette Nicole Brown on Shirley and Season 3 teases

Yvette Nicole Brown and Gillian Jacobs in COMMUNITY - Season 2 - "A Fistful of Paintballs" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Playing the religious and uber-positive Shirley on COMMUNITY is comedienne Yvette Nicole Brown who has found the experience on the quirky NBC series to be an absolute blast. There are many layers to Shirley, who has proven that she’s not as holy as she might appear. And from discovering she has hidden talents like being a foosball expert to her recent re-marriage to former husband Andre (Malcolm-Jamal Warner), the series has been having fun exploring the many different dynamics of her character. While at Wondercon, Brown spoke to the press about COMMUNITY and even teased about a couple of upcoming …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Hell On Earth”

Katharine McPhee and Megan Hilty in SMASH - Season 1 - "Hell On Earth" | ©2012 NBC/Craig Blankenhorn

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Anjelica Houston Writers: Scott Burkhardt Director: Paul McGuigan Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 4, 2012 After the nosedive SMASH took last week, the only place to go was up which is what “Hell on Earth” does, but only marginally. It’s another wading water episode until we get some movie star power with Uma Thurman next week. The big news this week is watching Ivy (Megan Hilty) go on a downward spiral into self-pity and heavy medication (shades of Marilyn?). It’s already been established she has adverse reaction …Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Digital Exploration of Interior Design”

John Goodman in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Digital-Exploration-of-Interior-Design" | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Chris McKenna Director:  Dan Eckman Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 29, 2012 CHUCK was shameless and appreciative of their association with Subway. The sandwich company was incorporated into the fabric of the show – which, along with the fans, was integral in keeping the series on the air as long as it did. Now COMMUNITY is biting the Subway hand that feeds with its hilarious new episode “Digital Exploration Of Interior Design.” A new sandwich shop …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Chevy Chase is on COMMUNITY and you’re not

Chevy Chase in COMMUNITY - Season 3 | ©2012 NBC/Mitchell Haaseth

To the delight of its devoted fans, COMMUNITY has resumed its third season on Thursday nights at 8 PM. Created by Dan Harmon, the half-hour comedy started with the premise of young lawyer Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) having to return to community college to shore up his law degree, but as it proceeded, the show has taken on movie parodies, Claymation and all manner of other unpredictable content. Chevy Chase co-stars as Pierce Hawthorne, who made a fortune in the moist towelette business but joins the central study group as a way to make friends, even though he’s not very …Read On »

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Interview: Jeffrey Tambor gets BENT and talks ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT reboot and HELLBOY

Jeffrey Tambor in BENT - Season 1 - "Smitten" | ©2012 NBC/Neil Jacobs

In NBC’s new half-hour comedy series BENT, airing in a limited run Wednesdays with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 PM, Amanda Peet plays straight-arrow, hardworking divorced mom Alex Meyers, who hires David Walton’s carefree contractor Pete Riggins to fix her kitchen.Sparks fly, and not just from the equipment. Pete has some eccentric coworkers, but the most outstandingly peculiar person in his life is his father, James Riggins. Played by Jeffrey Tambor, James still aspires to an acting career, even though he’s on the far side of fifty and his showbiz success currently consists of playing piano at a department …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Molly Parker has THE FIRM in her grasp

Molly Parker in THE FIRM | ©2012 NBC/Steve Wilkie

In John Grisham’s novel THE FIRM, as well as in the 1993 movie version, Mitch McDeere is a cocky young lawyer who gets on the wrong side of the sinister law firm that employs him. In NBC’s series THE FIRM, Saturdays at 9 PM, ten years have passed since those events, with Mitch (Josh Lucas), his wife Abby, played by Molly Parker, and their young daughter in Witness Protection during that time. When Mitch decides to resume his real life, he accepts a job with another big law firm, which may be even more malevolent than the one he fled. …Read On »

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TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Contemporary Impressionists”

Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Alison Brie and Danny Pudi in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Contemporary Impressionists" | ©2012 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Writer: Alex Cooley Director: Kyle Newacheck Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: March 22, 2012 Whenever a show continually takes chances and pushes the envelope, some times that can result in a misfire, which is what the new COMMUNITY episode “Contemporary Impressionists” feels like. It brings the study group at Greendale College back together after a holiday break (unsure how this fits into the episode order, but it seems like this is what should have aired last week, but …Read On »

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Interview: COMMUNITY star Gillian Jacobs talks Season 4 hope, Season 3 dope and alternate timelines

Gillian Jacobs in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Advanced Gay" | ©2012 NBC/Justin Lubin

One of the strangest and comedically satisfying series on network television is NBC’s COMMUNITY.  Set at the fictional Greendale Community College, the series focuses on a study group of misfits who find themselves in very strange situations every episode. It’s a show aware of its weirdness and strangeness, but there’s also a sweet core to it as well. Gillian Jacobs plays Britta Perry, the high-strung know-it-all and supposed independent thinker who is a much more brittle than she realizes. In fact, last week, it was revealed that she’s a secret homemaker – and comes from a “long line of wives …Read On »

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TV Review: BENT – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

BENT - Season 1 poster art | ©2012 NBC

Stars: Amanda Peet, David Walton, Margo Harshman, Joey King, Jeffrey Tambor  Writer:  Tad Quill Director: Craig Zisk Network: NBC, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: March 22, 2012 As much trouble as NBC has been in this season with ratings, the quality of its programs have actually been quite interesting – even when they do seriously fail in nabbing viewers. And while we’ve had to suffer through the abysmal WHITNEY and ARE YOU THERE CHELSEA?, they also hit a double with UP ALL NIGHT and I would even say a triple with the surprisingly well done quirky comedy BENT. If you …Read On »

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