Community fans who are still reeling from the loss of showrunner/creator Dan Harmon will be happy to hear that at least some of the other key players on the series remain firmly locked in place. The entire core cast is officially set to return for the NBC comedy’s upcoming fourth season. Aside from noted discontent Chevy Chase, I don’t know that there was ever much doubt the stars would be back, but it’s good news all the same. More details after the jump.

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Last week’s renewal of Community was undeniably good news, even with the catch that the upcoming fourth season would consist of thirteen episodes instead of the usual twenty-something. And of course we’re still happy about it… but unfortunately, the caveats continue.

Over the weekend, NBC announced that the series would be moving from Thursdays, where it’s been for the last three seasons, to Fridays. Moreover, there’s still no word on whether showrunner Dan Harmon or star Chevy Chase — who famously had a behind-the-scenes feud this year — will return. More details after the jump.

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There’s always a ton of news on the TV front but, instead of featuring it all, we occasionally pick out the good bits. After the jump read about:

  • J.J. Abrams‘ new show, Revolution (above), directed by Jon Favreau has been picked up.
  • James Cromwell will butt heads with Jessica Lange on American Horror Story Season 2.
  • Showtime is developing a show called The Angry Buddhist.
  • Star-making director Debra Granik will direct the HBO pilot American High Life.
  • See what Lady Gaga will, partially, look like on The Simpsons.
  • Chevy Chase still doesn’t think Community is funny.

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Community‘s Dan Harmon is very sorry you had to witness that nasty drama between him and Chevy Chase. Also after the jump:

  • The first three minutes of Falling Skies‘ second season
  • Target’s “Little Avengers” ad is pretty cute, if you like kids
  • HBO releases another trailer for its politica satire Veep
  • Robert Redford will produce a Watergate doc for Discovery
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse, a.k.a. McLovin, heads to CBS
  • Watch a preview for Ricky Gervais’ new comedy-drama Derek

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Today’s TV Bits starts on a bit of a downer, as Community‘s Chevy Chase and Dan Harmon bicker and Two and a Half Men‘s Lee Arohnson makes some obnoxious comments sure to piss people off. But don’t worry, there’s some sunnier stuff in here too. After the jump:

  • Are Chevy Chase’s days on Community numbered?
  • Two and Half Men co-creator bashes female-centric comedies
  • Starz releases the premiere of Magic City online for free
  • HBO drops a teaser for Season 3 of Boardwalk Empire
  • The Daily Show heads to the Democratic National Convention
  • A&E develops an adaptation of Rosario Dawson’s O.C.T.
  • A rundown of broadcast networks’ pilots for the 2012 season

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Community‘s hiatus starts now, but Greendale’s coolest study group isn’t about to go quietly. Also, people who’ve previously created things we like are creating other things we also hope to like. After the jump:

  • The Community gang makes a “Save Greendale” PSA, crashes The Soup
  • The WGA and PGA announce their award nominations
  • J.J. Abrams and One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn sell a drama to The CW
  • HBO is about to start production on The Viagra Diaries with Goldie Hawn
  • Parks & Recreation co-creator Greg Daniels develops two animated projects for NBC

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[The following contains spoilers for the first four episodes of Season 3 of Community.]

Every year, I eagerly anticipate any film or TV series that will engage me in the trials of its characters, and encourage me to consider how its using those trials to communicate something perceptive, challenging or entertaining about the world around us. Community, alongside FX’s Louie, is a rare example of a comedy show that succeeds at doing just that.

Every episode.

In under 22 minutes.

Arrested Development may have thrown down the gauntlet for most intricately layered TV sitcom, but Community has picked that gauntlet up and is running wild with it. I already feel comfortable proclaiming this week’s episode, “Remedial Chaos Theory”, to be the absolute best episode of Community thus far. Yes, better than the Goodfellas tribute “Contemporary American Poultry”. Yes, better than the zombie halloween episode “Epidemiology”. Yes, better even than the everyone’s favorite action parody, “Modern Warfare”.

High praise, no doubt. But what else is one to do when confronted with one of the best half hours of television in the history of the medium? Read More »

Sad as I am to see summer go, there is something I’m really looking forward to about the coming months, and that is the advent of the television’s regular season. After a long summer away from my imaginary friends in Pawnee, Greendale, and Lima, I’m eager to check back in and see what the new premieres have to offer. Hit the jump to see:

  • The beginnings of a triple-Tammy drink-off in a preview for Parks & Recreation Season 4
  • Greendale Community College literally dancing for joy in the promo for Community Season 3
  • Those crazy New Directions kids up to their usual tricks again in a spot for Glee Season 3

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