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April Ludgate from 'Parks and Rec' Pens an Ode to Neutral Milk Hotel

"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is the best album ever made and all other albums stink, and if you don’t agree, I’ll fight you."

- April Ludgate, of Parks and Recreation fame, writing for Vulture about her appreciation for Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea on the album's 15th anniversary (Parks an Rec co-creator Mike Schur may have helped).

'SNL' Review: Not A Belieber

It's not easy to reconcile my preferences for the alternative comedy scene that this site represents and my admiration for an eternally mainstream show like SNL. I want a lineup of weird, dark premises and sketches that establish clear games… and then intentionally subvert them. I want sketches to end with Mr. Show-like transitions, with a character leaving the room and walking onto a new set, where a new sketch begins, and throwaway jokes from earlier sketches to reappear later, like Kroll Show is doing. I want an episode where Nick Offerman hosts, Garfunkel and Oates is the musical guest, Danny Pudi sits silently in the background of every sketch, [...]

'Community' Improves a Tenth of a Ratings Point in Its Premiere

Community made the tiniest of improvements over its Season 3 premiere with its Season 4 premiere last night. The show scored a 1.8 rating amongst adults 18-49, improving over last year's premiere (1.7) and finale (1.3). The rating also beat 30 Rock's season premiere (1.4) and season average (1.3) in the same timeslot. Community also boosted Parks and Recreation's ratings, which followed it at 8:30 and scored its season best 18-49 ratings (2.0). Of course, this all pales in comparison to the ratings Big Bang Theory pulled in last night (6.1), so hold off on celebrating/complaining about Community's slight ratings improvement (depending on whether you liked/hated last night's premiere).

Two Actresses Join Andy Samberg and Mike Schur's Cop Show Pilot

Andy Samberg and Parks and Rec co-creator Mike Schur are making a pilot for an untitled Fox comedy about a police precinct on the edge of New York City, and the show just added two new cast members this week. According to The Hollywood Reporter, actresses Stephanie Beatriz (pictured, left) and Melissa Fumero (right) have each signed on to be regulars on the potential series, joining a cast that also includes Samberg and Terry Crews. Beatriz, best known for a recent guest spot as Sofia Vergara's sister on Modern Family, will play Meghan, a tough and frightening police officer who scares both criminals and the other cops. Fumero, [...]

Joel McHale Says Chevy Chase Wanted to Physically Fight Him and Claimed Richard Pryor Gave Him Permission to Use the N-Word

Here's Joel McHale talking to Howard Stern about how difficult it is to work with Chevy Chase, making this the millionth piece of evidence that it's difficult to work with Chevy Chase.

Dan Harmon Addresses Fans at Communicon, the First-Ever 'Community' Convention

"For two seasons, we wanted to do an episode where Jeff Winger pretended there was a class called "Nicolas Cage Appreciation," and then the Dean caught them and as punishment to them he was going to make that a real class and force them to watch all the Nicolas Cage movies in one night."

- Community creator Dan Harmon speaking at the world's first-ever Community convention. Head over to Flavorwire for other stuff he said during his speech.

Will NBC Be the First Broadcast Network to Fall?

"Five or ten years from now, there's a good chance we'll recognize NBC as the Peacock in the coal mine, the first one to fall as the broadcast era came to a close — or, at least, morphed into something far different than what we've known for the past 60 years."

- from a Vulture piece about NBC's abysmally-rated 2012-2013 brodcast season, entitled "Has NBC Passed the Point of No Return?"

Watching Ernie Kovacs Host One of TV's Strangest Morning Shows

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

Since you are the reader of a series of articles about old shows from a TV Museum's archives, I'm going to assume you are [...]

'The Office's One-Hour Finale Set for May 16th

After eight years and nine seasons on the air, The Office now has an end date: May 16th, 2013. NBC announced today that the final episode will be an hour long and will be the show's 200th installment. While Steve Carell is not returning for the finale, departed cast members Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, and Zach Woods are all expected to return for guest spots either on or before the finale. As far as the show's final 10 episodes go, you can expect to see more of this documentary camera crew stuff and the nixed pilot for a Dwight spin-off about his family's beet farm, which [...]

Saturday Night's Children: Brian Doyle-Murray (1979-1980; 1981-1982)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 37 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member each week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

While we may never know why Warden Gentiles called him a coward on Arrested Development, Brian Doyle-Murray is often dismissed by SNL fans for his underwhelming stint as SNL Newsbreak anchor from 1981-1982, not to mention the overshadowing of his younger brother Bill. Despite his lack of success as a cast member, Doyle-Murray is one of the few writers who worked under all [...]

Watch NBC Try to Justify Airing 'Community's Halloween Episode in February with a Cheesy Promo

You've probably heard how NBC pushed Community's premiere back from October to February, meaning that the show's Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas episodes will all air this winter/spring. If not, NBC just released this tacky promo trying to explain away that inconsistency by relying heavily on the cringe-inducing portmanteau "Valloween." Hopefully, this is is the last of these, and we won't have to watch promos for Thankspatricks Day and Easterchristmas.

Christina Applegate Leaves 'Up All Night'; Is the Show as Good as Canceled?

Deadline reports that Christina Applegate, the star of NBC's troubled comedy Up All Night, has left the show. Applegate gave a statement saying, "It’s been a great experience working on Up All Night, but the show has taken a different creative direction and I decided it was best for me to move on to other endeavors." The new creative direction Applegate is referring to is a decision by NBC back in October to shut down production for five months in order to retool Up All Night as a multi-camera sitcom with a studio audience. Following the news, the show got a new showrunner, Linda Wallem, in [...]

Talking to 'Community' Writer Andy Bobrow About Last Night's Season Premiere

After nearly nine months off the air, Community returned with the premiere of its fourth season last night. While creator Dan Harmon is gone, several key members of the Harmon Administration stuck with the show, including writer/producer Andy Bobrow, who, along with fellow veteran Megan Ganz, joined Community in Season 2. In the three years he's spent at the show, Bobrow has penned beloved episodes like the Apollo 13 space simulation riff "Basic Rocket Science," the Ken Burns parody "Pillows and Blankets," and Troy's dark but heartfelt 21st birthday episode, "Mixology Certification." A few days prior to Community's Season 4 premiere, which Bobrow wrote, I had the chance to [...]

'Community' Season 4 Is Still the Same Weird, Wonderful Show You Know and Love

Community's fourth season kicks off tonight, and there's been a hell of a lot of noise made online about the show this past year, beginning with creator/showrunner Dan Harmon's firing at the end of the third season and concluding with Chevy Chase leaving the show in November before the cast and crew finished filming the 13-episode run (he'll still be in the season finale, which was shot out of order). Despite all the backstage turbulence and the replacement of Harmon with new-to-Community showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, the episodes that were screened for critics – the season's first and third – find Community feeling like the same strange, [...]