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Seth MacFarlane‘s A Million Ways to Die in the West has fun with lots of Western archetypes: the humble farmer, the gun-toting outlaw, the hooker with the heart of gold… the time-traveling mad scientist? Yes, Back to the Future‘s Doc Brown makes a cameo in the new comedy, as you’ll see after the jump.

And of course, MacFarlane isn’t the only one eager to pay homage to the classic trilogy. Elsewhere, Gillian Jacobs spills the details on the Community-Back to the Future crossover that never was. Hit the jump to get the details and watch Doc Brown’s A Million Ways to Die in the West appearance.

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Donald Glover posted a series of letters on Instagram which explain to fans why he’s leaving NBC’s Community, among other musings. In the letters, Glover explains that he didn’t leave the sitcom to pursue a musical career (he raps under the name Childish Gambino) but because he “wanted to be on my own.” You can read the entire letter, embedded after the jump.
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It’s been a slow week for movie news, but not so on the small-screen front. After the jump:

  • Jon Favreau will direct one of The Office‘s last episodes
  • Nancy Pelosi and Ice-T will appear on the 30 Rock finale
  • A Walking Dead newcomer joins Once Upon a Time
  • Here’s what Donald Glover will be doing on Girls
  • Writer Megan Ganz leaves Community for Modern Family
  • Ryan Murphy teases details on American Horror Story Season 3
  • Anna Faris books Chuck Lorre’s newest comedy, titled Mom
  • Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer team for a new sitcom
  • Starz backs a new drama from William Monahan called Crime
  • Four more trailers debut for David Fincher‘s House of Cards
  • The Walking Dead gets a teaser for the second half of Season 3

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As devotees of Louie and Sherlock are sighing over extralong gaps between seasons, Girls fans are enjoying some schedule shuffling in the opposite direction. Although the first season of Girls debuted in the spring, Season 2′s kicking off a little earlier than expected in January 2013. Which means the marketing push starts now.

HBO’s already offered up a not-terribly-revealing teaser and a handful of stills from the upcoming season. Now they’re ramping up the campaign with the first full trailer, which features a nice mix of fresh and familiar faces. Hannah (Lena Dunham) and her usual gang are all here, along with returning guest stars like Jorma Taccone and Chris O’Dowd and newcomers like Donald Glover, Patrick Wilson, and Rita Wilson. Watch it 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 »

Everyone’s got new shows brewing, from Community favorite Donald Glover to Fifty Shades fan Bret Easton Ellis. After the jump:

  • Donald Glover could get his own show at NBC
  • Bret Easton Ellis writes teen monsters for The CW
  • A&E orders an occult drama from Michael Bay
  • Jonathan Mostow will direct TNT’s The Last Ship
  • Breaking Bad‘s Mike is Ben’s dad on Parks & Rec
  • Read descriptions for Justified‘s new scoundrels
  • A&E reveals the first teaser art for Bates Motel
  • Once Upon a Time warns, “MAGIC IS COMING”

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With her sharp, sarcastic persona, Aubrey Plaza could’ve easily wound up with a decent career playing BFF and sidekick roles. But in this year’s heartwarming indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, she proved herself equally up for the task of leading a film — and now she’s about to do so again in next year’s The To Do List.

The cast list for the R-rated coming-of-age comedy reads is chock full of funny young talents. In addition to Plaza, Alia Shawkat, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Glover, Andy Samberg, Bill Hader, Rachel Bilson, Scott Porter, Johnny Simmons, and Sarah Steele all co-star. Connie Britton and Clark Gregg take on the rare grown-up roles, apparently as Plaza’s parents. CBS Films has just offered a first red-band (i.e., NSFW) look at the film in a new video announcing the release date. Watch it after the jump.

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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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