The good news for a lot of comedy fans today is that NBC renewed Community for a fourth season. There’s a catch, however. That season is a truncated 13-episode order at this point. And while EW reports the renewal, the site says that the returns of series creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase are still to be confirmed. Presumably there would be no show without Harmon, but given recent statements by Chevy Chase, perhaps there is still reason to be concerned about his return.

Still no word on Parks & Recreation, though that could arrive later this evening. But we do have promo pics from NBC’s new shows, renewal announcements for 30 Rock and Parenthood, and word on returning stars for The Office. Also after the jump:

  • Fox unveils a trailer for Fringe‘s fourth season finale
  • FX is developing Heartsick, about a female serial killer
  • AMC renews Comic Book Men and The Talking Dead
  • HBO drops new character posters for True Blood
  • VICE developing weekly newsmagazine series on HBO

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Is The Office about to lose another boss? After the jump:

  • Paul Lieberstein steps down as Office showrunner
  • Mindy Kaling’s Fox pilot casts Ed Helms, Bill Hader, and Richard Schiff
  • Dan Harmon feels optimistic-ish about Community‘s future
  • Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu are Sherlock and Watson
  • David Milch and Michael Mann open up about Luck
  • HBO releases still more Game of Thrones marketing

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Update from Editor Peter Sciretta: Apparently this report has been confirmed false. Ed Helms tells The Playlist that while he is a big fan of the Chevy Chase classic Vacation, he doesn’t know where the rumors originated (Perez Hilton…) and has yet to be approached for the project:

“I have no idea where that bubbled up. I don’t know where that came from. It’s nothing I know of.”

The original story follows after the jump.

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This edition of Sequel Bits is brought to you by the letters “L,” “O,” and “L.” Which is just my not terribly clever way of saying it’s all about the comedies. After the jump:

  • Will Ferrell confirms that Anchorman 2 is still dead, but Step Brothers 2 could get going soon
  • Jay Baruchel briefly talks Cartoon Network’s Dragons and How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Ed Helms offers a very minor status update on The Hangover Part III

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Happy Friday! Today’s Sequel Bits involves three comedies of varying degrees of hilarity, plus a spooky-sounding book. After the jump:

  • David Wain can’t guarantee a sequel to Wet Hot American Summer 2, but he’s working on it
  • Ed Helms doesn’t really know when The Hangover Part III will get going
  • Shawn Levy could “very possibly” be directing Night at the Museum 3
  • Stephen King reads the first chapter of Dr. Sleep, a sequel to The Shining

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The Hangover and The Hangover: Part II may have been pure fiction, but it seems Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms have learned a thing or two from the films about sticking together. The three leads are said to be presenting a united front in negotiations for The Hangover: Part III, demanding $15 million each against backend. To put things in perspective, the first Hangover had a production budget of $35 million total. More details after the jump.

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Yesterday we premiered the poster for Jeff Who Lives at Home, the new film from Cyrus writer/directors Jay and Mark Duplass. This one stars Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon in a story of family dynamics and emerging self-awareness.

The trailer has just been released and, put simply, it looks wonderful. Check it out below. Read More »

‘Jeff Who Lives at Home’ Exclusive Poster Debut

Jay and Mark Duplass are following up their film Cyrus with Jeff Who Lives at Home, starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon. The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September, where it was called “a lovely, nicely paced and completely heartfelt look at a complicated relationship between brothers” (CinemaBlend) and the best film yet from the Duplass brothers, which “doesn’t suddenly break your heart, but, rather, it suddenly heals it — with a moment of such delicacy and sincerity that you feel lucky to witness it.” (The Playlist)

Jeff Who Lives at Home will open limited on March 16. The trailer for the film premieres tomorrow on Apple. In the meantime, check out the new poster below. Read More »

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