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Everyone loves a comedy reunion, it seems, and Vacation fans get a couple different versions. First there was that Old Navy ad campaign that brought Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, and Juliette Lewis back together to hawk trousers. Then there’s the new Vacation film that casts Ed Helms as the grown Griswold son, and will feature cameos from Chase and D’Angelo as the elder Griswolds. Now the two actors have a script commitment from ABC for the new comedy series that will cast them as a couple forced to raise their grandchildren. It’s not explicitly a Vacation TV reunion, but it’s close enough.

And while we’re at it, Leslie Mann is in talks to play Audrey Griswold in the new Vacation film. Read More »

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Red-Band Trailer
The Paramount Pictures panel at 2014 Comic Con was full of surprises. One of the surprises was the appearance of actor Clark Duke to premiere of the first trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 2. Thankfully for those of you not in Hall H in San Diego, Paramount has released the full Hot Tub Time Machine 2 red-band trailer online. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump.

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Chevy Chase Hot Tub

Briefly: Making a hot tub travel through time is never easy, so it’s good to have a repairman on hand just in case. Thankfully, in Steve Pink‘s upcoming Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the original hot tub repairman will be returning. Chevy Chase has signed to reprise his mysterious role in the 2010 cult comedy. There’s no word on how big his role will be this time around, but we do know the film (which also returns Craig Robinson, Clark Duke and Rob Corddry) takes the friends a decade into future where they meet the son of John Cusack’s character (who isn’t returning) played by Adam Scott. [Deadline]

Update: Deadline offers the further news that Chase’s one-time Community co-star Gillian Jacobs will play the film’s lead female role.

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In the new sequel to/reboot of Vacation, Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, the grown-up son of Clark and Ellen Griswold, with the man now taking his own family on vacation. Rusty, who was played by multiple actors in the original Vacation films, once joined his parents on trips to Wally World, Europe, Vegas, and had the extended family over for Christmas. To follow that character on his own family vacation, without an appearance by his parents, would be kind of silly.

Variety reports an appearance from the elder Griswolds is set to happen as Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo are in early talks to reprise their roles as Clark and Ellen.  Read More »

TV-related odds and ends after the jump, including:

  • How will Community handle Chevy Chase‘s departure?
  • Who wants to attend the first ever CommuniCon?
  • The Colbert Report is doing a Hobbit theme week
  • 50 Cent is developing a new hourlong drama for Starz
  • Brad Pitt is producing an HBO series about a debt collector
  • BBC One plans a Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell miniseries
  • NBC schedules Grimm‘s return and Do No Harm‘s premiere
  • Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will be on The Simpsons
  • American Horror Story reveals the present-day Bloody Face

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Chevy Chase has called sitcoms “probably the lowest form of television,” and before leaving the show, moaned that doing Community was “a big mistake.” But making a few bucks by mugging in a few shots for an Old Navy ad is OK, based on the evidence below. So this is how reunions happen now for the casts of well-liked comedies — a fat check from a retail outlet, rather than, say, an appearance on a comedy show.

Therefore, after the break, Chevy reenacts a bit of Christmas Vacation and lights up the retailer’s ad, while Beverly D’Angelo and Juliette Lewis look on in astonishment. We know that Randy Quaid is hiding in Canada right now, but did Johnny Galecki not want to ruin his Big Bang Theory cred by appearing in this one? Read More »

Chevy Chase Finally Leaving ‘Community’

Chevy Chase has made no secret of his dissatisfaction with Community, both in the pre- and post-Dan Harmon eras, so his departure always seemed more like a question of “when” than “if.” And now, that time has finally come. Effective immediately, Chase is no longer part of the NBC cult comedy, and will not appear in the few Season 4 episodes that remain to be shot. More details after the jump.

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Until not so long ago, fans of Community might have been excited for, or at least interested in tonight’s TV schedule. The show’s fourth season was originally set to premiere tonight, giving us the first taste of the troubled series without creator Dan Harmon. But the shortened season, now run by David Guarascio and Moses Port, has been indefinitely delayed by NBC.

But you can have some new Community today, as the cast (Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash) has come together to create a promo to explain just what today really means for fans of the show. Hint: it’s a mental state. Read More »

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