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How the final season of 'Community' destroyed and rebuilt itself, over and over again: A visual analysis

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So Community is canceled, whatever that means. The NBC comedy spent five seasons on the brink, and so in a weird way, it’s always felt canceled. Its continued existence was a curiosity, a glitch in the matrix, a referendum on NBC’s inability to reclaim its mojo; a miracle, really. On The Bubble, Barely Renewed, Reduced Order, No Premiere Date, Declining Ratings: These are phrases that loom large in the Community myth. There was turmoil behind the scenes. Dan Harmon, the show’s combination Showrunner-Mascot-God-Devil, was fired after season 3; original star Chevy Chase was already an absent figure before he left the show at the end of season 4; Harmon returned just in time to see Donald Glover depart. READ FULL STORY

'Nashville' joins proud tradition of unorthodox clip shows: 5 more that stand out

So it’s come to this: A Nashville clip show.

Kinda. On Wednesday, instead of another soapy installment of country-fried drama, ABC will air an hourlong “On the Record Music Special” — during which Nashville cast members will “take the stage to perform show favorites then sit down in the Bluebird Café for acoustic performances and an intimate look at the songwriting process with the songwriters themselves.”

In other words, this is Nashville‘s spin on one of television’s oldest, most reliable hole-pluggers and money-savers: the clip show. Like clip shows of old, this one will be centered on previously-seen material (every song to be performed has already appeared on Nashville); unlike, say, that episode of Friends where Ross and Rachel contemplate their relationship on the even of his wedding to Emily, the Nashville special won’t simply intersperse a few new scenes with a bunch of old ones and call it a day. Which got me thinking: Which other series have found ways to invigorate the clip show formula, adhering to its basic rules while presenting something innovative and exciting? The five best answers I could come up with:

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'Community' react: Spoiler alert!

Anyone who’s ever waded into the murky debate surrounding our nation’s increasingly heated spoiler-alert culture, rest assured: This week’s Community feels you.

Titled “Analysis of Cork-Based Networking,” the episode partially revolves around a battle between Abed and Britta, with the latter trying to spoil Game of Thrones Bloodlines of Conquest — a fantasy book series turned TV show — for the former, who watches the series but hasn’t read the tomes. This war escalates to the point at which Abed soundproofs his ears and effectively goes deaf. That, in turn, leads him to fall for an actually deaf fellow student, whom he promptly begin to romance.

But alas, treachery is afoot! In sinister, Lannister-like fashion, Britta has actually recruited the deaf student as a pawn in their sick little game. The yellow-haired wench uses the mercenary to lure the enemy into a false sense of security — and then, boom, Abed’s new love interest suddenly spoils the BoC saga’s ending via sign language, which he learned in order to better woo her. Zounds! It’s all so diabolical, Cersei herself would be proud of Britta. (Side note: If she’s Cersei, then Jeff is totally Jaime, right? Discuss amongst yourselves.)

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'Community' react: Bon Troyage

Well, we all knew this was going to happen. The writing’s been on the wall for a while now, even if we didn’t want to read it. That’s right, sad as it is, it’s finally Troy’s last d—

But wait, the floor is lava! To put off the pain of saying goodbye to his best friend, Abed turns this week’s episode, “Geothermal Escapism,” into a schoolwide game of hot lava, with a prize worth $50,000 reserved for the winner. And thus commences Community‘s Water Lava World, a bleak, post-apocalyptic landscape where Mad Maxian gangs roam the halls — the Chair Walkers, Chang and his Locker Boyz (I’m assuming it’s with a z), the Floor Striders (who once had a truce with the Locker Boyz), the citizens of Shirley Island, Prof. Hickey — and everyone is one misstep away from lava death.

It’s a fun game for sure, and a fitting way to send off Troy, whose tenure at Greendale has included epically scaled activities such as zombie attacks, blanket forts, and, of course, paintball matches. But to Abed, it’s no game at all. The floor really is lava to him, because his mind can’t handle the pain of Troy’s imminent departure, and what was once a nifty diversion transforms into a touching goodbye between two best friends. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly Podcast: 'Sleepy Hollow' and 'Community'

The Entertainment Geekly podcast continues its tour through television this week, as fellow traveler Jeff Jensen and I explore the just-concluded first season of Sleepy Hollow and the rebooted fifth season of Community. Jeff and I also throw out our three favorite episodes of Community, although those short lists of three quickly spiral into an interlocking double-helix list of several. Suggestions for further reading: Jeff’s review of Community‘s return and my review of Sleepy Hollow‘s season.

Listen to the complete podcast below or check us out in the iTunes store. Tweet arguments and counterarguments to us at @EWDocJensen and @DarrenFranich.
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TV Recap: 'American Idol,' 'Community,' and 'Parks and Recreation'

Did you miss the Jan. 16 episodes of American Idol, Community or Parks and Recreation? Catch up with our TV Recap below! READ FULL STORY

'Community' react: Death at a funeral

“He’s doing it again. Pierce is doing it again!”

Shirley makes this realization early on in this week’s Community, titled “Cooperative Polygraphy,” and she’s not wrong. In an episode set entirely in the study room, the recently deceased Pierce Hawthorne manages to rouse the rabble even in death thanks to his representative Mr. Stone (played excellently by Justified‘s Walton Goggins), who carries out Pierce’s final wish: to submit the study group to a polygraph test and have his only living friends reveal their most shameful secrets.

Needless to say, it was one of those feelings-and-emotions episodes (rather than a straight-up parody, as with last week’s Ass Crack Bandit caper), and during the half-hour we learned something important about our heroes: They all suck. But that’s okay! Because everyone sucks, in one way or another. But! Also! Everyone is awesome, in one way or another. That’s more or less the moral of the story that Pierce foists upon his chums. But in that great bittersweet tone that Community so often strikes, the “awesome” part won out over the “sucks” part, and it all added up to a touching moment where Pierce gives everyone sincere and poignant compliments, as well as gifts and/or sperm. (That’s right.)

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'Community' star Gillian Jacobs takes the EW Pop Culture Personality Test (while Jim Rash grades it) -- VIDEO

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Just because Jim Rash has co-starred on Community with Gillian Jacobs for five years doesn’t mean she can’t surprise him — which we found out when we invited Jacobs to take our EW Pop Culture Personality Test while Rash watched. (He’d already taken a quiz alongside his writing/directing partner Nat Faxon when their film The Way Way Back hit theaters. Revisit that one here.)

Warning: Massive Game of Thrones spoiler in the video!
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Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, premieres new short, 'Chicken and Futility' -- VIDEO

The bad news: Soon-to-be-ex Community star Donald Glover’s latest short film has 100 percent less Topanga than his previous effort.

The good news: It does, however, feature three and a half minutes of Glover wearing a supremely goofy hat as he reads a particularly dark e e  cummings piece, waxes poetic about a moth’s Sisyphean attempt to find the moon, and ponders the ethical implications of eating Chick-fil-A with his pals Steve and Swank — all while attempting, clumsily, to roll a joint.

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'Community' react: Change is gonna come

Tonight’s Community was one of my favorite types of Community: the world-building kind. Titled “Basic Intergluteal Numismatics,” the episode was a committed (and thoroughly hilarious) genre parody of David Fincher-style suspense thrillers. And it went full-on macro, venturing into new and unknown regions of the Greendale universe, turning the community college into a Springfield of its own. Not that I don’t like those bottle-episodey group therapy sessions where the only things that are explored are feelings and emotions — those are also great, but these are a little greater if you ask me. READ FULL STORY

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