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... Community held a panel at Comic-Con today, and some details on the show's sixth season—which will air online via Yahoo! Screen—emerged. First, the new season won't be released all at once, in contrast to what Yahoo!'s rival Netflix likes to do with its original programming. Expect new episodes to debut on a weekly basis, and expect creator Dan Harmon to stick with the original feel of the series rather than drastically change things just because the rules are different online than they are on broadcast. It was also revealed during the panel that writing won't begin until the fall, so the new season will likely be unleashed early in 2015. That means no Christmas episode. [Deadline / TVLine]
... Yar, the Crossbones ship be sinking! NBC is walking its pirate drama off the plank to Saturday nights for the show's final two episodes, after drawing crummy ratings in its first season. The banishment begins next week, after which it will be replaced by Dateline and an NBC News special. Is anyone still watching this show? Raise your hands. Nobody? Okay then. [Deadline]
... ABC is rolling out another Toy Story primetime holiday special, and it now has a release date. Toy Story That Time Forgot (yes, that's the title) will air December 2 at 8pm. It's the follow-up to the successful Halloween special Toy Story of Terror! that aired last year. Toy Story That Time Forgot will see the popular characters getting stuck with a bunch of action figures who turn out to be "dangerously delusional." [ABC via press release]
... Amazon has added a pair of pilots to its next round of offerings, and they go together like peanut butter and mustard. The Man in the High Castle is based on the Philip K. Dick novel, and presents an alternate reality in which Japan and Germany won World War II and occupy the United States. Which probably means Mario Lopez doesn't exist! Just Add Magic follows three 12-year-old girls who discover an old recipe book with instructions on how to make baked goods that contain magical spells... and I'm totally going to watch it. [Deadline]
... HBO's upcoming sports mockumentary is putting together quite the cast. 7 Days in Hell, a made-for-TV movie, will star Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg and Game of Thrones' Kit Harington as rival tennis pros who clash in an epic, seven-day match at Wimbledon in 2004. Also joining the cast are Fred Armisen, Lena Dunham, Will Forte, Karen Gillan, Howie Mandel, Michael Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, June Squibb, and Soledad O'Brien. [THR]
... When Orange Is the New Black returns for Season 3 next summer, it will be down one asshole. Actor Pablo Schreiber, who plays abusive guard George "Pornstache" Mendez on the Netflix series, said he won't return to the prison dramadey. BUMMER. But don't worry! Schreiber has accepted a role on the upcoming HBO dark comedy The Brink alongside Tim Robbins and Jack Black, so he'll be more than fine. As for OITNB, if you watched Season 2 then you know his absence shouldn't be too much of a problem. Plus, the Mendez family will still represented in Season 3 by Mary Steenburgen, who is joining the cast as Pornstache's mother. [NY Post]
... Elementary is bringing on Revolution's Zak Orth (Aaron!) and Lost's Sonya Walger (Penny!) for guest roles in Season 3. Walger will play an Assistant U.S. Attorney whose defendant in a high-profile case is murdered. Orth will play a bummed father whose family was torn apart by tragedy. Both characters will appear in the second episode of the upcoming season, which premieres October 30. [TVGuide.com]
... Mayim Bialik has landed a co-hosting spot on TV Land's Candid Camera reboot. She'll laugh at all the people who get duped on the show alongside co-host Peter Funt, son of original Candid Camera host Allen Funt. TV Land's version debuts August 11. [TV Land via press release]
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AIRED ON 6/2/2015
Season 6 : Episode 13