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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I am sure that all of you will have noticed the return of a blight to our streets. I refer, of course, to the extremely irritating… living statue. I’ve got a feeling that The Giant Mechanical Man wouldn’t play well in Edgar Wright’s heavily fictionalized home town of Sanford. Because while a giant silver-painted robot man isn’t quite as irritating as a living statue, it’s pretty close.

And yet, that’s what Jenna Fischer seems to fall for in The Giant Mechanical Man, a romantic comedy written and directed by Lee Kirk (Fischer’s husband) and also featuring Chris Messina, Malin Akerman, and Topher Grace. It’s Grace, wearing a wig and spouting self-help platitudes more irritating than any living statue, that comes closest to stealing the show in the trailer that you can find below. Read More »

‘A Little Help’ Trailer

In 2009 The King of Queens and Ned and Stacey exec producer Michael J. Weithorn wrote and directed his first feature, called A Little Help. He scored in a couple ways with the cast, which features Jenna Fischer along with Kim Coates, Lesley Ann Warren, Aida Turturro and Chris O’Donnell. But the film turned out as a classically middle of the road indie drama  that played at a couple festivals (starting with the Seattle FF in May 2010) and then sat around waiting for a distributor to throw it some love. Now Freestyle Releasing and Secret Handshake are finally getting the film into theaters this June, but a quick look at the new trailer will clue you in on what has taken so long. Read More »

It’s about time Jenna Fischer got to headline a film. The Office star has had a few choice roles in comedies like Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Blades of Glory, but even then she’s been somewhat sidelined as the ancillary love interest. This time around, she’ll be at the center of an indie romantic comedy that finds two guys at opposing ends of her affection. It’s a fairly standard rom-com formula, accompanied by a rather baffling title: The Giant Mechanical Man. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Hall Pass’

Peter and Bobby Farrelly have returned with a new comedy, Hall Pass. The title refers to the pass that is given to characters played by Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis by their wives. They get one week of free play (with other women) with no consequences. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »

Solitary Man Movie Trailer and Photos

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Update: The new trailer was taken offline within an hour of when we posted this story a few days back. The trailer is now back online, and embedded after the jump.

Anchor Bay Films has released a movie trailer for Brian Koppelman/David Levien‘s Solitary Man (not to be confused with Tom Ford’s A Single Man or The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man). The film stars Academy Award winner Michael Douglas as a former car dealership mogul dealing with a string of business problems and issues in his personal life through a number of relationships with women – many women. Co-starring Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sarandon, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Mary-Louise Parker.

Koppelman/Levien wrote the screenplays for Rounders, Runaway Jury and directed Knockaround Guys. The film premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival to mostly positive buzz. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump along with some new photos. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Both Jenna Fischer, from the US version of The Office, and Ricky Gervais, star and co-creator of the UK original, seem to have new acting gigs lined up. Fischer’s will be in a Farrelly Bros. comedy, while Gervais’ is in… the US version of The Office?

Hall Pass is an ‘open relationship’ comedy in which a pair of wives give their husbands permission to stray from the marital bed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this only becomes an issue when the women too start to sleep with other people. Fischer’s husband will be played by Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis will play the other ‘liberated male’. His wife is yet to be cast – place your bets, please.

An altogether more startling proposition is an appearance by Gervais, and in the character of David Brent no less, in the next season of The Office. Michael Ausiello at EW has two sources pointing roughly at this story, one of whom is Gervais himself:

I heard an unconfirmed rumor earlier today that Ricky Gervais was seriously considering reprising his role as original Office manager David Brent on the U.S. version… about an hour ago, Ricky Gervais took the stage at press tour… and hinted that he might do something with the U.S. Office next season.

Okay, I hope they have fun with this. I’m a fan of the US series and think they’ll probably give Gervais something good to do.

An Uncanny Similarity Between Mad Men and The Office

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When the season finale of Mad Men was over, there was a minor tinge of déjà vu that I couldn’t immediately pin down. Hours later, it occurred to me that one of the major twists in the finale shared several fun similarities to The Office (Scranton Branch). In fact, up until the epiphany, I had never considered Don Draper to be every bit the serious, hip and fair boss that Michael Scott is delighted to find in the mirror each morning when he combs back his hair. As is /Film’s reader friendly policy, spoilers ahead

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