Exciting news for Community fans! Alison will guest star as herself on Ken Jeong’s show, Dr. Ken. Not exactly a Community reunion, however, it is always great having the cast reunite.
The Community reunion on the season finale of ABC’s Dr. Ken is growing.
Alison Brie is the latest Community alum set to guest star on the season finale, joining Dr. Ken star and former Community regular Ken Jeong and Community creator Dan Harmon.
In Dr. Ken’s Season 2 finale titled “Ken’s Big Audition,” Brie will guest star as herself, an actress just cast as a series regular on Harmon’s new sitcom. Alison reads with Ken (Jeong) during his audition, and is soon uncomfortable with Ken’s bold acting choices. As previously announced, Harmon plays himself, the creator of a new TV comedy set at a community college.
Brie joins a long list of Jeong’s Community co-stars that have appeared on Dr. Ken including Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash, Gillian Jacobs & Yvette Nicole Brown. Jonathan Banks’ is also appearing in this week’s episode airing on Friday.
The Dr. Ken season finale is slated to air Friday, March 31.
Brie is repped by WME & Rise Management.
Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash on reaching a milestone.
It’s a great accomplishment for any show to reach 100 episodes, but for Community, it’s especially notable. The show came incredibly close to cancellation for several years, went through a huge upheaval behind the scenes as series creator Dan Harmon was fired (only to then have that undone a year later when Harmon was amazingly brought back) and had some notable cast changes along the way. And then, in May, Community was finally cancelled by NBC… only to be resurrected via Yahoo this summer, with Season 6 set to debut in 2015!
The Community cast are filming their 100th episode this week, and I paid a visit to the show’s new sets (they had to move to a different lot thanks to that whole cancellation thing) where the Greendale gang were celebrating this milestone and the victory it represents.
Deadpanned Gillian Jacobs (“Britta”), “This is the thing that should have never happened and many people tried to prevent from happening.”
Said Alison Brie (“Annie), about reaching episode 100, “I’m really shocked. it’s really against all odds and it’s cool. It’s pretty exciting. I think that’s how we felt even coming back for Season 6. Not a lot of shows even make it to six seasons. That is a feat in of itself.”
They can cancel ‘Community,’ but they can’t kill it.
After talks about a potential online resurrection on Hulu fell through, the cult TV comedy has been rescued by an unlikely source, Yahoo, multiple outlets reported Monday evening. The show’s future remained in limbo after it was cancelled back in April following its fifth season.
One step away from fulfilling the “six seasons and a movie” rally cry (and ensuing social media movement), the show is signed on to appear on Yahoo Screen. Additionally, creator and showrunner Dan Harmon will be returning, as well stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong.
“I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo,” Harmon said in a statement. “I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online. I vow to dominate our new competition. Rest easy, Big Bang Theory. Look out, BangBus!”
After struggling through a Harmon-less season four and a truncated fifth season that ultimately marked its expiration date on NBC, “Community” appeared to have reached the end of its lifespan. With critics starting to cool on the show and ratings failing to improve upon its meager traditional metrics, “Community” was no longer a feasible option for network TV.
There is a glimmer of hope that there could be a sixth season of cult comedy series Community. I have learned that Hulu is in talks with Community producer Sony Pictures TV for more original installments of the show, which was cancelled by NBC earlier this month.
Sources stress that conversations are preliminary and is unclear whether they would lead to a deal, but I hear there is will on both sides. That includes Community creator Dan Harmon, who confessed on his blog that he had warmed up to the possibility of continuing the show elsewhere, changing his stance from “eh” when Sony TV called him with the news of the series’ cancellation by NBC to “sure, let’s talk” two days later. Said Harmon, “I’m not going to be the guy that re-cancels cancelled Community.”
With its devoted following by a core group of passionate fans, Community is the type of show digital platforms crave. Complicating the series’ options is the fact that it has a digital syndication deal in place with Hulu, in addition to a cable off-network pact with Comedy Central. That makes Hulu a perfect home for the comedy as it is the kind of streaming service where a show like Community would do best and because it already carries the series’ library via an existing agreement with Sony.
After five years, “Community” has finally come to an end.
The NBC series has officially been canceled and its April 17 Season 5 finale has now become the series finale.
Episode 5.13 – Basic Sandwich
When everyone learns about Greendale’s first dean, they embark on a mission to find his old computer lab; Subway enlists Chang to spy on the group as part of its plan to take over the school.
Lest all those utterances of “six seasons and a movie” be lost in time, like tears in Internet comment boards, some serious discussion has begun about fulfilling Community’s blood oath by whatever means necessary. Last week, Dan Harmon told HitFix he believed in the “shamanism” inherent in the throwaway joke that’s since become the show’s mantra, believing he’s now predestined, through powers beyond his control, to not only see the series through that sixth season, but also to make the movie. “If the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure,” Harmon said, sounding, as always, both invigorated and a little insane. “The title of the book about the show is not Community, An Interesting Journey Into A Show No One Ever Watched. The title of the book is obviously going to be, Six Seasons And A Movie. So it’s already over.”
Now TV Guide says there has been some actual talk about that movie—and particularly about who might also be there, overseeing things in Harmon’s basement—reporting that there’s been some consideration about bringing in Fast & Furious director Justin Lin to helm the fated film. Lin, of course, directed several Community episodes, including the episode that actually made paintball cool again (without saying that out loud). And if he’s unavailable, the article reminds that the show also has former executive producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who recently graduated to Captain America, as well as Super Troopers director Jay Chandrasekhar. So, plenty of people with feature film experience for destiny to lay its icy hand upon.
— Community (@nbccommunity) March 3, 2014
Episode 5.10 – Advanced Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
When Professor Hickey reveals that his estranged son (David Cross) has had a baby, the gang decides to help them reunite through a game of dungeons and dragons.
Episode 5.08 – App Development and Condiments
Dean Pelton lets two designers test their new social networking application at Greendale, leading to a war among the students; Professor Hickey decides to go underground until the battle ends.
Episode 5.09 – VCR Maintenance and Educational Publishing
Jeff, Shirley and Hickey’s discovery of a hidden stash of textbooks causes power shifts within the group; Abed and Annie play a VCR game to decide who gets to choose their new roommate.