Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Community Season 6 Gets New Faces, As It Moves to Yahoo!; FX's Archer Joins Movember Movement

Paget Brewser Keith David

Get ready to see a pair of new faces on the Greendale campus next season. Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds) and Keith David (Enlisted) are joining the cast of Community, which returns for its sixth season next year exclusively on Yahoo! Screen. Brewster will play Francesca "Frankie" Dart, a consultant brought in to help whip the school into shape (good luck with that), while David plays retired scientist Elroy Patashnik. (It's not clear if Elroy is a student or a professor at Greendale... but that's a fine line, anyway.) Both Brewster and David boast serious sitcom cred. Along with her six seasons on Criminal Minds, Brewster played Joey's (and then Chandler's) girlfriend Kathy in a memorable Friends arc, and later guest starred on Two and a Half Men, King of the Hill, and Modern Family. David played tough guys for years in movies like Platoon and Armageddon before cracking us up as Command Sergeant Major Donald Cody on Fox's late, lamented military comedy Enlisted. (Weirdly, Brewster actually guest starred on Community last season, as IT department head Debra Chambers. Hmmm... will Abed notice that Frankie and Debra look just alike?)

Brewster and David should help fill the void left by a few departing Community cast members: Yvette Nicole Brown (Shirley) announced in September she'd be leaving the show to care for her ailing father, and last season saw the exit of Donald Glover (Troy). Plus, co-stars Jonathan Banks (Buzz) and John Oliver (Professor Duncan) aren't expected back, since they're busy working on Better Get Saul and Last Week Tonight, respectively. But never fear, fans: Main cast members Joel McHale (Jeff), Gillian Jacobs (Britta), Danny Pudi (Abed), Alison Brie (Annie), Jim Rash (Dean Pelton), and Ken Jeong (Chang) are all back for another semester at Greendale. We have a little more information on Community Season 6 to share as well: Production gets underway November 17 (that's next week!), and the 13 new episodes will air in early 2015 on Yahoo. Are you excited yet, Human Beings?


Archer - Movember

That five o'clock shadow creeping across Sterling Archer's chiseled face is no new disguise or carefully considered grooming statement. The world's most cunning and dangerous spy is on a new mission and the stakes couldn't be higher. Sterling Archer, for the first time, is growing a moustache to promote men's health awareness during the annual Movember campaign to support the Movember Foundation. The title character in FX's hit comedy Archer says it's a natural move, as he is always trying to improve on his own health: "Like, this month I've cut out gummy bears from my scotch drinking." Now everyone can support Archer's quest. Donations to the Movember Foundation can be made through Archer's personal Movember Ambassador page. If you want to memorialize Sterling's mission, the FX Shop is offering an exclusive Archer "Movember" T-Shirt. Not only will your wardrobe get a dash of awesome, but all profits will be donated to the Movember Foundation. To date, the Movember Foundation has raised over $559 million and funded over 800 programs in 21 countries by raising awareness about prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems. Some 4 million moustaches have been grown worldwide in response to the Foundation's challenge to grow a 'stache during Movember (formerly known as November).

Archer returns to FX in January 2015 for its sixth season. FX has ordered 13 episodes for both the sixth and a seventh seasons of the Emmy(R) and Annie Award nominated animated hit comedy series. Archer was created by Adam Reed and is executive produced by Reed and Matthew Thompson at Floyd County Productions. The series is produced by FX Productions. If you don't know by now, Archer is an animated, half-hour comedy that revolves around an international spy agency and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain. The series features the voices of H. Jon Benjamin as the highly skilled and incredibly vain master spy "Sterling Archer;" Aisha Tyler as Archer's fellow agent and ex-girlfriend, "Lana Kane;" Jessica Walter as Archer's domineering mother and spy agency director, "Malory Archer;" Chris Parnell as the easily intimidated comptroller-turned secret agent "Cyril Figgis;" Judy Greer as Malory's loquacious, dingbat secretary, "Cheryl;" Amber Nash as the discordant director of human resources, "Pam Poovey;" Adam Reed as the gay voice of reason, "Ray Gillette;" and Lucky Yates as the spy agency's possibly mad scientist/ possibly clone of himself, "Krieger."


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Tuesday, May 22

Roseanne - "Knee Deep" (ABC, 8:00PM ET/PT)
Roseanne’s knee gets worse so Dan is forced to a make an important work decision; but when a major storm hits Lanford, their fortunes change for the better. Later, Darlene realizes she has to go back to her first passion … writing.

The Middle - "A Heck of a Ride: Part One" / "A Heck of a Ride: Part Two" (ABC, 8:30PM ET/PT)
After nine hilarious and heartfelt seasons, a Heck leaves the nest as the family takes a road trip to Denver, where Axl will start his new job – and new life away from home.

Splitting Up Together - "Heat Wave" (ABC, 9:30PM ET/PT)
Lena and Martin choose to share the house for the summer while the children are away at camp despite Lena’s reservations, but both soon realize it might not be the worst idea. Meanwhile, they collectively agree to throw their annual backyard piƱa colada party where they will celebrate their independence from their children. Elsewhere, a friendly face returns back home and Martin can’t help but see it as a sign.

The Last O.G. - "That Backslide" (TBS, 10:30PM ET/PT)
Left reeling from the error of his ways, Tray goes into a tailspin and turns to Bobby for support.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of May 21)

Tuesday, May 22

  • Chris Hardwick (Guys Like Us) - Catch Chris on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:34pm on NBC.
  • Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley) - Thomas appears on The Late Late Show with James Corden at 12:37am on CBS.
  • Cristin Milioti (A to Z/How I Met Your Mother) - Cristin is a guest on Last Call with Carson Daly at 1:35am on NBC.
  • Cedric the Entertainer (The Last O.G./The Soul Man/The Steve Harvey Show) - Cedric visits Conan at 11pm on TBS.
  • Patricia Heaton (The Middle/Back to You/Everybody Loves Raymond) - Patricia talks about the series finale of The Middle on LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan, so check your listings. Mychael Symon cooks with Patricia on ABC's The Chew at 1pm ET/12pm PT/CT.
  • David Spade (The Mayor/Rules of Engagement/8 Simple Rules/Just Shoot Me!) - David appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, so check your local listings.
  • Geena Davis (The Geena Davis Show/Buffal Bill) - Geena is a guest on Access Live, so check your local listings.
  • Nolan Gould (Modern Family) - Nolan talks about Modern Family on Chatter on PeopleTV at 8pm.
  • Dan Fogler (Man Up!) - Dan talks about his new book Brooklyn Gladiator on New York Live on WNBC in New York at 11:30am ET.
  • Will Arnett (Arrested Development/The Millers/Up All Night) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development/Veep) - Will and Tony talk about Arrested Development on NBC's Today in the 10am hour.
  • William Shatner ($h*! My Dad Says) - William is a guest on Home & Family on Hallmark Channel at 10am ET/PT.
  • Gillian Jacobs (Love/Community) - Gillian talks about her new film Ibiza on the BUILD Series at 5pm.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (March/April/May)

Atlanta - The Complete First Season Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season One Day at a Time - Season Two Perfect Strangers  - The Complete Third Season Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season

03/06 - Atlanta - The Complete First Season
03/06 - Curb Your Enthusiasm - The Complete Ninth Season
03/13 - The New Adventures of Old Christine - The Complete First Season
03/27 - One Day at a Time - Season Two
04/03 - Ballers - The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray)
04/03 - 90's Sitcom (Just Shoot Me!/The Larry Sanders Show/Wings) Starter Set - Season 1 & 2 Bundle
04/10 - Vice Principals - The Compelte Series
04/17 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Third Season
05/08 - Dear White People - Season 1
05/08 - Diff'rent Strokes - The Complete Final (Eighth) Season
05/29 - I'm Dying Up Here - Season 1
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