Commentary track on 3x20: “Digital Estate Planning”
Recorded right after the show was renewed, and right before Dan Harmon was fired.
Dan is complaining about the weirdness of this episode. Yvette Nicole Brown tells him, “Well guess what: if you don’t like it, you got thirteen more to make it better.”
Oh god, my heart. These commentary tracks are the worst. So much hurt.
An incomplete list of major hetero couples from this last year of TV and their age differences.
Inspired by the info graphic going around about how leading men age but the women playing their love interests don’t.
Feel free to add more examples as necessary.
30 Rock: Tina Fey (42) and James Marsden (39)
The Americans: Matthew Rhys (38) and Keri Russell (37)
The Big Bang Theory: Johnny Galecki (38) and Kaley Cuoco (27) & Jim Parsons (40) and Mayim Bialik (37)
Boardwalk Empire: Steve Buscemi (55) and Kelly Macdonald (37)
Bones: David Boreanaz (43) and Emily Deschanel (36)
Breaking Bad: Bryan Cranston (57) and Anna Gunn (44)
Burn Notice: Jeffrey Donovan (44) and Gabrielle Anwar (43)
Castle: Nathan Fillion (42) and Stana Katic (35)
Community: Gillian Jacobs (30) and Donald Glover (29)
Dexter: Michael C. Hall (42) and Yvonne Strahovski (30)
Glee: Matthew Morrison (34) and Jayma Mays (33) & Lea Michele (26) and Cory Monteith (30)
Girls: Lena Dunham (26) and Adam Driver (29)
Homeland: Damien Lewis (42) and Morena Baccarin (33)
How I Met Your Mother: Jason Segel (33) and Alyson Hannigan (39) & Neil Patrick Harris (39) and Cobie Smulders (31)
Mad Men: Jon Hamm (42) and Jessica Pare (32)
Modern Family: Ed O’Neill (67) and Sofia Vergara (40) & Julie Bowen (43) and Ty Burrell (45)
The Newsroom: Jeff Daniels (58) and Emily Mortimer (41)
The Office: John Krasinski (33) and Jenna Fischer (39)
Once Upon a Time: Ginnifer Goodwin (34) and Josh Dallas (31)
Parenthood: Peter Krause (47) and Monica Potter (41) & Craig T. Nelson (69) and Bonnie Bedelia (65)
Psych: James Roday (37) and Maggie Lawson (32)
Smash: Jack Davenport (40) and Megan Hilty (32)
Danny Pudi needs to have a Dr Strangeove-esque star vehicle in which he plays several different main characters, each radically different in appearance, voice, and manner.
Consider this a warning, world: if you don’t make this thing soon, I will.
My two cents
Was tonight’s episode of Community on the same level as the best of the Harmon era? No. But then, not all of the episodes from the first three seasons were either. In short, I think it’s a little soon to start making judgments, especially given that I’m willing to bit the “something off” everybody’s complaining about with this episode is simply the knowledge that Dan Harmon et al are gone.
That said, I came in with the expectation of just watching good Community fanfiction, so eh whatever. Point is, I was still totally charmed.
Seriously, when Community gets cancelled, can we give Danny Pudi his own show please?
Specifically an Inspector Spacetime spin-off, but really anything that lets him be awesome works for me.
Though the fact that this tag exists is evidence of the sadness of Chevy Chase being a douche and splitting before the original tag could be filmed, it is still delightful anyway.
favorite fictional characters • britta perry
“Fine! I cared. I’m a girly girl. I like boys, and I don’t like it when they’re mean to me, and I don’t like it when they stop kissing me and start kissing my friends, I’m not that cool, I’m not Juno, homeslice.”
One of the great characters of modern television. There’s a reason Dan Harmon is so very proud of her as a creation.
A moment of appreciation for the less obvious diversity of the cast of Community
That is, the diversity in their experience prior to the show. Most have done work on single TV episodes and in commercials, because that’s how most actors make their living, but otherwise they come from very different backgrounds:
Joel McHale was pretty much exclusively known as the host of the comedic entertainment news show The Soup—as a TV personality and not an actor.
Gillian Jacobs came more from a theater background, having performed in several Off-Off Broadway shows.
Danny Pudi studied at Second City, gaining a lot of experience in improv before moving to LA.
Yvette Nicole Brown had worked steadily in guest TV roles for close on a decade, her most prominent role only being on the immediately-cancelled show The Big House—which is baffling. (Lala not going to rant about racism/sexism right now.)
Alison Brie was more experienced in leading roles, but almost entirely in Internet and indie film stuff that, let’s be honest, almost nobody saw.
Donald Glover spent a short time on the writing staff of 30 Rock, independently released a rap album, and got most of his performing experience as founding member of Derrick Comedy, which had/has a strong presence on YouTube.
And Chevy Chase was, of course, a big comedy name in the 80s, but his star had fallen a bit (and for a while) by the time he joined the show.
Just a thing I thought merited pointing out.
This was extremely necessary. *nods*
so has this been done yet
AV Club makes a good point about how this delay could be a good thing for the show, since one of the crappy new NBC shows is bound to get cancelled in the next few months, and Community is a prime candidate to fill the void since its ratings will be lower than desired but still dependable, but NBC are still douches for doing it.
Especially since the second episode of the new season is a Halloween episode.
Community = cosmic television butt-monkey