Comedy Bang! Bang! the TV show has a very distinct outline which has worked undeniably well: one celebrity guest, one character, one framing device that ties them all together and—especially this season— there’s usually a witty take on some other type of show. All of these elements are typically very strong, but with “Alison Brie Wears a Mesh Top and Mini-Skirt,” unfortunately the reliable Brie gets lost in the background, a rare misstep that (oddly enough) occurs in an episode about revitalizing the format of the show.
Of course it’s easy to understand how the guest could find it hard to stand out in this episode by looking at this week’s credits. There’s James Adomian, who is fantastic at character creation and improvisation, and is also well known for his ability to practically overtake episodes of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast. It’s not a problem per se, but it can be overwhelming at times. However, it all works perfectly in “Alison Brie,” especially since he’s playing a Gordon Ramsay type named Giles Duggard who hosts a show called “Talk Show Rescue.” Throughout the episode, he pops in to correct Scott’s hosting style, pointing out how the show isn’t like a restaurant and that the show’s main problem is Reggie Watts. Duggard is an especially great choice for Adomian, as it plays to his strengths as a comedian and also fits into CBB’s recent deconstructions of reality TV.
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.
On Comedy Bang! Bang!, the show is getting a talk show makeover. Plus, Community and Mad Men star Alison Brie reveals the secrets of her acting process. Will that be enough to get her cast in the new film that a German film director plans to make? Paul F. Tompkins, James Adomian and Larry Miller all guest star.
“Community” actress Alison Brie is in talks to star in the New Line comedy “How to Be Single.”
Lily Collins is also on board with Christian Ditter directing.
Based on the Liz Tuccillo novel, the story centers on a woman living in New York and searching for love. Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn have penned the adaptation, with Dana Fox working on the latest draft.
Michael Disco and Dave Neustadter are overseeing “How to Be Single” for New Line.
Best known for her TV work on “Mad Men” and the recently canceled “Community,” Brie has a handful of bigscreen projects coming out this next year. She co-stars in the Warner Bros. comedy “Get Hard” opposite Will Ferrell and indie “Sleeping With Other People” with Jason Sudeikis.
Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s … 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around,” but today he’s washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul.
The GIRLS (Ft. Alison Brie, Cyrina Fiallo and Julianna Guill)
THE GIRLS are a Los Angeles based trio performing folky-rock-style covers of some of their favorite songs. From classic rock hits to more contemporary fare, and even some originals. Featuring Cyrina Fiallo, Julianna Guill, and Alison Brie, THE GIRLS will woo you with angelic harmonies and hilarious bits! Just kidding…
They will be joined by Jones Street Station, a Brooklyn-based music collective whose most recent project is Perennials, a song-writing tour de force comprising 52 originals written and released weekly over the course of a year.
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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.
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will independently finance and co-produce romantic comedy “Sleeping With Other People,” starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie.
IM Global is selling international rights to the project at Cannes. Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas and Natasha Lyonne have also been cast.
“Sleeping” was first unveiled at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival with Sudeikis and Kirsten Dunst in the lead roles and Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”) directing from her own script. At that point, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum were on board to produce via the Gary Sanchez label.
Dunst later departed the project and was replaced by “Community” and “Mad Men” star Brie.
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.