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It’s a Done Dean! Community Fans Rejoice for a Harmon-ious Return

Last year, fans of Community were heartbroken to hear that showrunner Dan Harmon was fired. NBC realized that they “Britta’d” things up, so they “Chang’d” their minds. Deadline confirmed yesterday that Dan Harmon and co- executive producer Chris McKenna are returning for Community’s fifth season. There are also reports that Dino Stamatopoulos is returning as a writer, but let’s hope that he also comes back as “Starburns.” The show’s renewal comes after a very shaky and lackluster fourth season. Last year, it was placed in the Friday night “death slot”, and then the premiere was pushed back to mid-season.

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Weekly TV Update: June 3, 20013

This week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

Matt Smith leaves Doctor Who.

Jean Stapleton, who played Archie Bunker’s wife, Edith, on All in the Family, died on Friday.

Dan Harmon announces his return to Community.

The Sopranos tops the Writers Guild of America’s list of Best Written TV Series Ever.

John Oliver talks to The Hollywood Reporter about taking over The Daily Show for the summer. His first day is June 10.

In honor of Jean Stapleton, the All in the Family theme song is after the jump.

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Weekly TV Update: August 20

Nikki Minaj may become an American Idol judge.

Franklin & Bash‘s Malcolm McDowell will play a history professor on Community.

Kelsey Grammer claims his Emmy snub for Boss was because he is a Republican.

After NBC lays off 20 Tonight Show staffers, Jay Leno takes a pay cut to save more jobs.

Kelly Ripa will finally announce her new permanent co-host on September 4.

Update: USA Today confirms Michael Strahan is Kelly Ripa’s new co-host.

Tina Fey Raps With Donald Glover

30 Rock’s Tina Fey raps with Community’s Donald Glover on Childish Gambino’s, which is Glover’s rap stage name, Royalty mixtape on the song “Real Estate.” The whole mixtape, which consists of 18 songs can be found for free on Donald Glover’s website.

Fey is only on the last song on the album. The full song can be heard below.

The songs featured on Childish Gambino’s new mixtape are:

1. R O Y A L T Y.
2 We Ain’t Them {prod. Childish Gambino and Ludwig}
3 .One Up (ft. Steve G. Lover) {prod. Childish Gambino}
4. Black Faces (ft. Nipsey Hussle) {prod. Boi-1da}
5 Unnecessary (ft. Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul) {prod. Childish Gambino}
6. Shoulda Known {prod. Childish Gambino}
7. R.I.P. (ft. Bun B) {prod. Childish Gambino}
8. American Royalty (ft. RZA and Hypnotic Brass Orchestra) {prod. Childish Gambino}
9. It May Be Glamour Life (ft. Ghostface Killah) {prod. Myke Murda}
10. Toxic (ft. Danny Brown) {prod. skywlkr}
11. Silk Pillow (ft. Beck) {prod. Beck and Childish Gambino}
12. They Don’t Like Me (ft. Chance the Rapper) {prod. skywklr}
13. Arrangement (ft. Gonage) {prod. Childish Gambino}
14. Won’t Stop (ft. Danielle Haim of HAIM) {prod. Childish Gambino and Ludwig}
15. Bronchitis {prod. Beck}
16. Wonderful (ft. Josh Osho) {prod. Boi-1da}
17. Make It Go Right (ft. Kilo Kish) {prod. Childish Gambino}
18. Real Estate (ft. Alley Boy, Swank, and Tina Fey) {prod. Childish Gambino}

The Emmys Needs to Change Eligibility Rules For Animated Shows

On Monday, Simpsons writer Al Jean wrote a letter to The  Academy of Television Arts and Sciences asking them to consider reworking the organization of Emmy nominations. In it, he criticized the lack of recognition for the individual achievements in animation. According to Emmy rules, a show nominated in the animation category  cannot also be nominated for a writing award. The Academy’s reason for this is apparently because of the collaborative efforts in animation. If the show so chooses, it can be nominated in the comedy category. Jean took issue with this, citing that NBC’s Community was given a one-time exception to this rule. Because it was a significant format change, it could technically be classified as a standalone special. I saw it and it did not  seem like a standalone special to me. Besides, Jean is right. Animation may be collaborative, but so is everything else in television.

This rule seems to ignore the hard work that multiple writers invest into an animated show. Animation is just as legitimate as the live action medium. Of course, it is a newer format, but that should not make it any less respected. The production of an animated series is much harder than that of a live action series. The writing is certainly not any easier. It makes no sense to have to ignore either one of these achievements.

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NBC Announces New Fall Schedule

NBC is using the Olympics to launch it’s fall schedule. On August 8, Go On will air commercial free following Olympic Games coverage. Animal Practice will get the same treatment, on August 12, following the closing ceremonies.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is the full NBC Fall Schedule with new shows in ALL CAPS.

Wednesday, Aug. 8
GO ON (sneak peek following Olympic Games coverage)

Sunday, Aug. 12
ANIMAL PRACTICE (sneak peek following Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies)

Monday, Aug. 13
8-10 p.m. STARS EARN STRIPES (two-hour premiere)
10-11 p.m. Grimm

The rest of NBC’s 2012 Fall Schedule is after the jump.

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Weekly TV Update: May 21

Each week we bring you stories from around the Internet that you might have missed.

The Wall Street Journal reports that network “TV Embraces Its Dark Side” with new shows inspired by the success of The Walking Dead and Dexter.

For more news on the upcoming Fall season, check out Philly.com.

Less than a week since Dan Harmon was fired, Community has new showrunners.

Kristen Wiig leaves Saturday Night Live.

The series finale of House is tonight. The Tampa Bay Times has some observations about the show.

NBC’s Community Loses Dan Harmon

NBC’s Community officially lost its creator Dan Harmon. Earlier today on his blog, Harmon announced that Sony Pictures Television fired him from his position as showrunner. While Dan Harmon is still a consulting producer, his role with the creative aspects of Community is over.

Head over to Vulture for the full story.

Time magazine’s James Poniewozik has an analysis of Dan Harmon’s impact on Community.

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