July 22, 2013 | 12:10 p.m.

Comic-Con: Dan Harmon feels the pressure for his ‘Community’ return

NBC’s “Community” may struggle with middling ratings on TV, but at Comic-Con on Sunday it was the next best thing to a god. The series upgraded from the smaller Ballroom 20 last year to the massive Hall H this year, the same place where Marvel and Warner Bros. make their huge movie announcements. Perhaps to live up to the expectations of such a large venue, “Community’s” creator and returning showrunner Dan Harmon took a page from the Robert Downey Jr. school of massive entrances, coming out in a handmade Iron Man costume to throbbing rock music. Clearly, the story of “Community’s” renewal is all about Dan Harmon. And though he professed that it wasn’t all about him, all discussion of the show seemed to revolve around Harmon’s return, including Harmon’s own tongue-in-cheek introduction, “Like a phoenix rising from the ashes […]
July 07, 2013 | 5:24 p.m.

Comic-Con 2013: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ lead Sunday Hall H lineup

“Doctor Who” toplines a television heavy lineup for Comic-Con International’s final day, July 21. The schedule also sees the dramas “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy” and cult comedies “Community” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” taking the stage in Hall H, the event’s marquee 6,500-seat auditorium. Actors Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman will both be present at the tribute to the 50th anniversary of “Doctor Who,” which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. “Doctor Who” lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and writer/executive producer Mark Gatiss will talk about the series and the upcoming anniversary special, “An Adventure in Space and Time,” which will premiere on BBC America Nov. 23 and will star David Bradley as the first Doctor, William Hartnell. Smith last month announced that after four years of portraying the time-traveling hero on the long-running British sci-fi […]
Feb. 04, 2013 | 5:02 p.m.

‘Community’ meets ‘Hunger Games’ in Season 4 trailer

From “The Dark Knight” to “Doctor Who,” the cult favorite comedy “Community” has paid homage to dozens of genre franchises. Now the embattled NBC sitcom is taking on “The Hunger Games.” A new trailer (watch it above) for the show’s fourth season borrows fiery imagery from the film adaptation and book covers of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult trilogy. It’s “the Hunger Deans,” announces Jim Rash’s dress-wearing character Dean Pelton as he rides into the cafeteria on a chariot pulled by shirtless men clad in pink-and-white unicorn headpieces. It appears the dean will force the show’s anti-hero Jeff Winger (Joel McHale) to compete in “35 tests of strength and agility” in an event that resembles an episode of “American Gladiators.” Other pop culture shout-outs we spotted in the season 4 trailer include “Star Wars,” with Yvette Nicole Brown’s character Shirley […]
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