As protests supporting Black Lives Matter continue, Hollywood finds itself in the sometimes uncomfortable position of playing defense when it comes to race relations in the United States. That’s resulted in people like Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel apologizing for using blackface in the past, and shows like 30 Rock, Scrubs, and the Netflix comedy sketch series With Bob and David wiping episodes featuring blackface from streaming platforms and syndication.
Now two more former NBC comedies, The Office and Community, have found themselves in the crosshairs regarding blackface concerns, and you can read about how the two different methods by which those concerns have been addressed below.
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Next week will start with a bang as the Community table read reunion for charity is taking place on Monday, May 18. The cast of the NBC comedy series, which became a Yahoo original for the sixth season and maybe has a future as a feature film, is getting back together to help support World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods in their efforts to help people struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. In case you needed any convincing to tune in, here’s a Community table read teaser that’ll do the trick. Read More »
Last week, we learned that most of the cast of the often-brilliant comedy series Community will be reuniting for a virtual table read to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. Even Donald Glover will be back, marking the first time he’s doing anything related to this series since he left the show in 2014.
But one person won’t be able to make it: Justified and The Shield alum Walton Goggins, who guest-starred in the episode that the cast will be reading – season five’s “Cooperative Polygraphy.” Instead, his role will be read by The Mandalorian, Narcos, and Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal. Check out a photo from their recording session below. Read More »
Could Community finally live up to its mantra #SixSeasonsandaMovie? The format-breaking comedy survived showrunner changes, cancelations, and Chevy Chase, so why not? All six seasons of Community recently hit Netflix, and with that came a new surge in interest in the odd little pop culture-homaging sitcom. That interest may be translating to discussions over developing the long-awaited Community movie, series creator Dan Harmon recently hinted. And with a virtual table read reunion on its way and excessive hints from its former cast, it seems like we could finally fulfill that hashtag.
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While Community fans continue to hold out hope for a possible movie one day, here’s the next best thing. Creator/showrunner Dan Harmon is reuniting with nearly every major member of the sitcom’s cast (excluding Chevy Chase) for a virtual table read and Q&A to help raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. Even Donald Glover, who left the show in season five, will be participating, marking his first return to any Community-related event since 2014. Get the details below. Read More »
(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Series: Community
Where You Can Stream It: Netflix, Hulu
The Pitch: Created by Dan Harmon, Community is the fiendishly clever cult classic for every pop culture obsessive. Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Chevy Chase star as a group of lovable misfits who form a study group at a community college and grow into a codependent team that go on wild movie and TV show-referencing adventures that routinely shake up the sitcom format. Occasionally they go to class.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Community broke the mold for the network TV sitcom, using its 22-episode runtime to frequently play with the format by way of high-concept episodes that would act as both love letter and genre-skewering satire. But what made Community a cult series with a rabid following (six seasons and a movie!) was the pitch-perfect comedic writing by Harmon and co. that could pack five jokes into two minutes, and the hysterical line readings by its stars, many of whom — Glover and Brie specifically — would soon rocket to superstardom.
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Since you’re probably going to be cooped up at home for at least the next few weeks, you’re going to need a lot of streaming content to pass the time. Thankfully, April is bringing a new line-up of original programming and library titles to hold you over. It just might help keep you sane during these chaotic times. So without further adieu, let’s check out some of the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in April. Read More »
While many streaming services have been spending exorbitant amounts of money to pick up the exclusive streaming rights to a variety of popular shows like Friends and South Park, sometimes they don’t mind sharing the rights to certain shows. For example, the next few years will see Netflix and Hulu sharing the domestic streaming rights to the comedy series Community. Read More »
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Community always played the long game with its jokes, but there’s one joke that it was never able to make good on. After the throwaway joke of “Six seasons and a movie!” became a rallying cry for the twice-cancelled comedy, fans have long wished for the feature film that would reunite the misfit study group and fulfill that mantra. It’s an idea that creator Dan Harmon has played with, and which the stars have supported, though it seems less likely as we get further away from Community‘s cult-show heyday. But four years after Community wrapped up its six-season run, we’re getting rumblings about a Community movie once again.
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The 2019 New York Toy Fair is in full swing, and that means we’ll be hearing a ton of new announcements regarding toys and collectibles inspired by your favorite films and TV shows. It should come as no surprise that the folks at Funko have churned out a bunch of new announcements expanding their endless line of Funko POP figures. And some long-awaited franchises will finally be making their vinyl figure debut.
Funko has announced a new wave of The Simpsons POPS, a line that will likely become one of the biggest the company has ever released. The Office fans will be happy to see that the employees of Dunder-Mifflin are also getting a whole like of Funko POPs. And those who still like The Big Bang Theory can finally add more POPs to their collections. But there’s so much more than that from the 2019 Funko POP announcements. Read More »