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‘Community’ Cast Reunites For COVID-19 Charity Table Read

The original cast of Community along with Pedro Pascal on the Zoom call / virtual table read.
(From top left going right) Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Pedro Pascal, Jim Rash and Dan Harmon on Zoom call during COMMUNITY episode table read. Aired May 18, 2020. Still courtesy of YouTube.

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The loveable and diverse misfits who formed a study group in the fictional Greendale Community College got back together during a virtual table read benefiting COVID-19 charities.

Namely, the World Central Kitchen and Frontline Foods, which help prepare, deliver and serve food to essential workers and people in need during the pandemic lockdown.

Community (2009-2015), which became available to stream for Netflix on April 1 has gained renewed interest from fandoms old and new.

It’s widely considered to have a “cult following” due to its offbeat meta-humor that went against sitcom norms at the time, and the show’s appeal stands on its own today as a unique take on the genre.

 

Created by Dan Harmon (Rick and Morty) and co-executive produced by the Russo Brothers (Captain America: Winter Soldier / Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War / Endgame), the show ran for six seasons.

However, when key cast members Chevy Chase (Pierce Hawthorne), Donald Glover (Troy Barnes), and Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley Bennett) left the show at different times, the quality of the show was never the same.

This is why the virtual table read was such a nostalgic trip for fans and the cast alike because it felt like a bunch of friends just re-living happier, and less darkest timeline-y times.

 

The original cast members, except Chase whose character was written-off dead in the episode they read, reprised their roles in “Cooperative Polygraphy” from season 5.

Dan Harmon acted as narrator, while Jim Rash read as both Dean Pelton and Mara the Lie Detector Lady.

Keith Sletteddahl, the writer and artist of the show’s theme song “At Least It Was Here” by The 88, also performed live.

Pedro Pascal, the Mandalorian himself, filled-in as Mr. Stone (originally portrayed by Walton Goggins) who acts as Pierce’s lawyer and executor of his last will and testament.

He, however, would soon regret the task when he struggled to hold his laughter while reading the script during the scene when Mr. Stone gives out bequeathments to the study group in the form of cryogenic cylinders containing Pierce’s “hyper virile” sperm. (Approx. 25:24 on the YouTube video)

Pierce’s sperm cylinder on Season 5 Episode 4 of Community / NBC.

Plus, Harmon constantly tried to throw him off when Pascal would say “man,” Harmon immediately followed with “dalorian.”

Because of this, Pascal was deemed the “MVP” of the table read when they finished.

 

Following the intro of the table read at around 7:47 mark of the video, Donald Glover jokingly says,

“All right guys I gotta go. I’m sorry guys. This is great. This is great.” 

Which elicited inside jokes among the cast that he was too successful and busy to have time for them.

They also sarcastically asked Glover how his music career was going, and they all still support him regardless if he succeeds or not.

 

Immediately after the table read, the cast spent more time together during the Q&A session, and on Joel McHale and Ken Jeong’s podcast “The Darkest Timeline” (a nod to the “Remedial Chaos Theory” episode).

Which, as a fan, are both enjoyable and almost therapeutic to watch because it was just like seeing the beloved study group together again after all these years.

Truly, this unlikely reunion, which was made possible by unfortunate circumstances, was a joyful and heart-warming celebration of the show and its cast.

 

So far, the video has raised over $100-thousand for charity and has over 1.5 million views!

But what most fans are excited about though is the prophetic words of Danny Pudi’s character, Abed Nadir, of the show having “6 Seasons and a Movie.”

The movie question was asked during the Q&A session and virtually everyone in the cast was receptive to the idea of making one, and even suggested hilarious plot points.

Until then though, 6 seasons and a table read is more than enough to make Community fans extremely happy.


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Lorenz Bacani is a pop-culture enthusiast who's trying to watch as many good comic-book movies and TV shows as superhumanly possible. He received a bachelor's degree in Journalism and New Media at California Baptist University. Wrote for a news tabloid, worked for a couple of non-profits, and dabbled in some photography (mostly for Instagram purposes). He is probably currently binge-watching an old TV show for nostalgia.

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9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022

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9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022

It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres. 

There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best. 

These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered. 

Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:

 

How I Met Your Father – Hulu

Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds. 

The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.

 

House of the Dragon – HBO Max

Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.

 

BEL-AIR – Peacock

Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.

 

Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)

We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.

 

She-Hulk

Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet. 

 

Inventing Anna – Netflix

Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11. 

 

Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime

This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.

 

Stranger Things – Netflix

We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!

 

Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+

Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.


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13 Year-Defining Shows You Have to Watch Before 2021 Comes to an End

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13 Year-Defining Shows You Have to Watch Before 2021 Comes to an End

2021 was a great year for television!

With several streaming services providing top-notch content alongside primetime, there was always something buzz-worthy gracing our screens. 

9 TV Shows We’re Sad to Leave Behind in 2021

And while it was hard to narrow down the best offerings of the year, there were some shows that defined the year. 

These are the shows everyone was watching and everyone was obsessed with!

Check out our list and let us know if there’s a show you’d add!

 

Only Murders in the Building – Hulu 

When Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short come together, shenanigans (and murders) are sure to follow. These murder mystery aficionados pursued a murder in their own building and turned it into a groundbreaking podcast… and more.

 

Squid Game – Netflix

Move over, Tiger King. This Korean drama took the world by storm and kept viewers on the edge of their seats as contestants engaged in deadly versions of beloved children’s games. 

 

Money Heist – Netflix

After five action-packed seasons, Money Heist took its final bow, but not before delivering several jaw-dropping twists. Did the Dalia mask wearing gang manage to pull off the biggest heist in the world?

 

The Chair – Netflix

Sandra Oh spearheads the drama about the first woman of color as the head of the English department at a prestigious university. 

 

Sex/Life – Netflix

Is there anyone who didn’t watch Netflix’s steamy Sex/Life and oogle Adam Demos’s package? A suburban wife goes down a fantasy memory-lane, which reconnects her to a past lover. 

 

Loki – Disney+

Another Disney+ film – post Avengers: Endgame – follows the adventures of Tom Hiddleston’s character Loki, Thor’s adopted brother and god of mischief.  

 

Ted Lasso – Apple TV+

The comedy’s second feel-good season explores the reason behind soccer coach Ted Lasso’s (played by Jason Sudeikis) kindness and its effect on everyone around him. 

 

Yellowstone – Paramount

If you’ve been hearing more and more about Yellowstone, that’s because everyone and their parents are obsessed with the Western drama about the Dutton family, a powerful family of ranchers. It even spawned a prequel titled 1883

 

Maid – Netflix 

The limited series focuses on a single mom’s willingness to survive as she who works as a cleaning lady to escape an abusive relationship and create a better life for her daughter. 

 

La Brea – NBC

In a TV landscape that doesn’t favor post-apocalyptic, supernatural dramas, La Brea found its groove and a dedicated audience. A sinkhole opens up in Los Angeles that transports a group of people to 10,000 B.C. A father’s quest to find his family fuels a rescue mission and reveals a deeper connection. 

 

The Other Two – HBO Max

After Schitt’s Creek comes The Other Two, a comedy about two siblings hailing from former SNL head writers . Cary and Brooke are both looking to find their big break, and find their lives turned upside down when their younger brother becomes a viral sensation instead.

 

Cruel Summer – Freeform

A teen drama set over three summers in the 1990s explores a young girl’s disappearance and how it affects the rest of her small-town.

 

WandaVision – Disney+

The mini-series and sequel to Avengers: Endgame finds Wanda Maximoff and Vision living their ideal lives in the suburbs only to find that not everything is as it seems.

15 TV Couples that NEED to Get Back Together


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When Do All Your Favorite TV Shows Return After the Holidays?

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TV characters that need to get back together

After you celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year, it might seem difficult to find something to look forward to. 

But a brand new year means that all of your favorite TV shows are back from the dreaded hiatus!

New shows, old shows, and hit shows will be making their way onto your screen to provide hours of entertainment!

Here’s when and where you can reconnect with your favorite TV characters:

 

FOX

SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2022
8 pm NEXT LEVEL CHEF (series premiere)

MONDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm: 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 3 premiere)
9 pm: THE CLEANING LADY (series premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm: I Can See Your Voice (Season 2 premiere)
9 pm: NEXT LEVEL CHEF (regular time slot premiere)

THURSDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm: JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER (2-hour series premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 9
8 pm (5 pm PT): Call Me Kat (Season 2 premiere)
8:30 pm (5:30 pm PT): PIVOTING (series premiere)

9 pm: Bob’s Burgers

THURSDAY, JAN. 13
8 pm: JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER
9 pm: Call Me Kat (regular time slot)
9:30 pm: PIVOTING (regular time slot premiere)

SUNDAY, JAN. 30
10 pm (7 pm PT): MONARCH (series premiere)

TUESDAY, FEB. 1
8 pm: The Resident
9 pm: MONARCH (regular time slot premiere)

 

 

ABC

TUESDAY, DEC. 7

 9:30-10 pm: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY

SUNDAY, JAN 2

10 pm: The Rookie

MONDAY, JAN. 3

8 pm: The Bachelor

TUESDAY, JAN. 4

9 pm: ABBOTT ELEMENTARY

9:30 pm: black-ish

10 pm: Queens

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 5

8 pm: The Goldbergs

8:30 pm The Wonder Years

9 pm: The Conners

9:31 pm: Home Economics

10 pm: The Chase

THURSDAY, JAN. 6

8 pm: WOMEN OF THE MOVEMENT

MONDAY, JAN. 24

1o pm: PROMISED LAND

WEDNESDAY, FEB 23

10 pm: A Million Little Things

THURSDAY, FEB. 24 

8 pm: Station 19

9 pm: Grey’s Anatomy

10 pm: Big Sky

 

THE CW

FRIDAY, JAN 7

9 pm: Nancy Drew

TUESDAY, JAN. 11

8 pm: Superman & Lois

9 pm: NAOMI

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12

8 pm: Legends of Tomorrow

9 pm: Batwoman

THURSDAY, JAN 13

8 pm: Walker

SUNDAY, JAN. 16

9 pm: Two Sentence Horror Stories

MONDAY, JAN. 17

9 pm: 4400

THURSDAY, JAN 27

8 pm: Legacies

MONDAY, FEB. 21

9 pm: All American: Homecoming

SUNDAY, MARCH 6

8 pm: Riverdale (new night)

WEDNESDAY, March 9

8 pm: The Flash (new night)

9 pm: Kung Fu

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

8 pm: Charmed

9 pm: Dynasty (new night)

 

NBC

MONDAY, Jan. 3
8 p.m.: Kenan
9 p.m.: That’s My Jam

10 p.m.: Ordinary Joe

TUESDAY, Jan. 4
8 p.m.: American Auto (time period premiere)
8:30 p.m.: Grand Crew (time period premiere)
9 p.m.: This Is Us

WEDNESDAY, Jan 5

8 pm: Chicago Med

9 pm: Chicago Fire

10pm: Chicago PD

MONDAY, Feb. 21
8 p.m.: American Song Contest
10 p.m.: The Endgame

THURSDAY, Feb. 24
8 p.m.: Law & Order

FRIDAY, Feb. 25
8 p.m.: The Blacklist (new time period)

FRIDAY, March 8
10 p.m.: The Thing About Pam

TUESDAY, March 15
8 p.m.: Young Rock
8:30 p.m.: Mr. Mayor

 

CBS

SUNDAY, Jan. 2

8 p.m.: The Equalizer
10 p.m.: SWAT (new time period)

MONDAY, Jan 3

8:30 p.m.: Bob Hearts Abishola

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 5
8 p.m.: The Amazing Race
10 p.m.: Good Sam

THURSDAY, Jan 6

8:30 p.m.: United States of AI

9 p.m.: Ghosts

9:30 p.m.: B Positive

10 p.m.: Bull

FRIDAY, Jan. 7
8 p.m.: Undercover Boss

10 p.m.: Blue Bloods

MONDAY, Jan. 31
8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT: Grammy Awards

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 2
8 p.m.: Celebrity Big Brother

WEDNESDAY, March 9
8 p.m.: Survivor

 


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