Sunday, April 26, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Morrow-TV: After shakeup and changes, ‘Community’ returns

By
From page A7 | February 02, 2013 |

Joel McHale

Joel McHale arrives at Elle Women in Television celebration on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

For a cutup like Joel McHale to label the upcoming fourth season of “Community” as “weird” is a bit of an understatement.

“I don’t know how it’s all going to work,” says McHale, the 41-year-old actor/comedian, of all the changes happening behind the scenes.

Where to begin? Well, first, the series has new showrunners, David Guarascio and Moses Port, taking over the role from creator Dan Harmon.

The end of the third season also marked other departures, including executive producers, writers and episode directors.

Afterward, NBC delayed the premiere of the fourth season, without announcing a return date.

When a date was announced, it was on Friday nights — not exactly a high-viewership evening, and perhaps the death knell for a series that’s already in syndication.

The cast took the news in stride, chins up and looking to tackle the night. Later, NBC said “Community” would reappear on Thursday nights.

Just as all seemed to calm down, however, co-star Chevy Chase left the show by mutual agreement, but viewers will hardly notice since he’ll be in 11 of 13 episodes.

“Community’s” small but loyal following hasn’t gone unnoticed by NBC. In fact, it’s given credit for carrying the show this far.

With “Community” back (8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7), the bleeding seems to have stopped.

“It’s just one of those things where you just sort of proceed,” McHale says. “… I just have to trust where it’s going to go.

“Our DVR numbers have always been very strong. I am hoping all the attention from (the backstage drama) might push them even higher.

“We’ll handle it. We always do. The competition on television is really nuts. But we’ll handle it.”

Other highlights for the week of Feb. 3-9 (times subject to change; check local listings):

SUNDAY

— “Super Bowl XLVII” (3:30 p.m., CBS). The San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. Beyonce provides halftime entertainment.

— “Puppy Bowl” (3 p.m., Animal Planet). Puppies up for adoption roam a miniature field. Also: Hamsters hovering above the action.

TUESDAY

— “Betty White’s Second Annual 90th Birthday Special” (8 p.m., NBC). Tributes from Blake Shelton, Whoopi Goldberg and Sean Hayes are directed to the TV star on her 91st birthday.

— “Smash” (9 p.m., NBC). Season two opens with Broadway-bound “Bombshell” hitting last-minute financial snags.

WEDNESDAY

— “American Idol” (8 p.m., Fox). The competition progresses to the Hollywood rounds.

SATURDAY

— “The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family” (9 p.m., CBS). Described as a behind-the-scenes glance at how Whitney Houston’s death affected last year’s Grammy Awards show.

Email Terry Morrow of The Knoxville News Sentinel in Tennessee at [email protected]

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Hard-fought battle ends in victory

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: C1 | Gallery

 
Children enjoy day of fishing at Fairfield pond

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Solano cities celebrate Earth Day

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Those addictive, terrible, wonderful smartphones

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2

 
Expo shows Kroc Center fun for whole Framily

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Suisun police execute tobacco sting

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A4

Edibles in your landscape

By Daily Republic | From Page: C4

 
CHP offers free class for senior drivers

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

Supervisors consider changes in various county fees

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A4

 
Patrons raise a glass to toast a good cause

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Walk MS hits stride along Suisun waterfront

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Covered California offers Solano enrollment events

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A5

Weather for Sunday, April 26, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B6

 
Pay close attention to investment costs

By Mark Sievers | From Page: B7

Be wary of next ‘big’ thing

By Bud Stevenson | From Page: B7

 
.

US / World

With legalization, lawyers turn to business of pot

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Remains of dismembered newborn found in South Los Angeles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Spring storm delivers late rain, snow to Northern California

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
‘Operation Babylift’ kids, soldiers reunite 40 years later

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Starbucks stores reopen Saturday after computer glitch

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Nearly 17 million watch Jenner interview

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Mother in custody dispute freed after 8 years behind bars

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
A dozen arrested as Freddie Gray protests turn violent

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Italy marks 70th anniversary of anti-Nazi uprising

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
European authorities stop illegal horse meat network

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

 
Aden hit by coalition airstrikes amid fierce street battles

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Army shutting down wounded warrior transition care units

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

 
Warrior pose: Yoga catching on as therapy for veterans’ PTSD

By The Washington Post | From Page: B10

Toll climbs after powerful quake hits Nepal: Things to Know

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
.

Opinion

Corruption tarnishes values of our ancestors

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
Obama sides with enemy

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

Who’s asleep at the switch?

By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A8

 
How can we give them more?

By Brian Thiemer | From Page: A8, 1 Comment

Primary challenge could force Harris’ hand

By Dan Walters | From Page: A8

 
Sound off for April 26, 2015

By Daily Republic | From Page: A8

 
.

Living

Brides show short wedding gowns more of the love

By The Associated Press | From Page: C2

 
Community Calendar: April 26, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Today in history: Sunday, April 26

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Vatican goes on offensive to defend US-Spanish saint

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
You get what you need with Jesus

By Noel Reese | From Page: C3

How can I trust my husband after he texted a younger woman behind my back?

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: C4

 
Horoscope: April 26, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: C4

 
Veterinarians are too expensive, and it puts pets at risk

By The Washington Post | From Page: C5

Old standby body-weight training still has moves

By The Washington Post | From Page: C7

 
Milan spiffs up for Expo 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: C7

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
More copies of Laura Ingalls Wilder memoir being printed

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Amber Tamblyn writes book of poetry about dead actresses

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

.

Sports

Rain postpones NASCAR race at Richmond until Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Giants beat Rockies 5-4 in 11 innings

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Warriors complete sweep with 109-98 win over Pelicans

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Athletics drop 3rd straight game, 9-3 to Astros

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Watford back in Premier League after 8-year absence

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Several Kentucky Derby hopefuls get workouts in before rain

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Levy falters at Volvo China Open; 4 tied for lead

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Former Expos executive Jim Fanning dies at 87

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam team to lead Legends of Golf

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Compton, Day top leaderboard in rain-plagued Zurich Classic

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Suzuki breaks Oh’s record for runs by a Japanese player

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Bulldogs get 10-0 baseball win over Panthers

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

 
Canadian teen Henderson has 1-shot lead in LPGA Tour event

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Klitschko outpoints Jennings to defend heavyweight titles

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Michael Schumacher’s son makes strong Formula 4 debut

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

US routs Canada 7-2 in semifinal at under-18 hockey worlds

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
A’s place Ben Zobrist on disabled list with knee injury

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

7 players from Royals, White Sox punished by MLB for brawl

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

 
Grizzlies hold off a late Trail Blazers rally to go up 3-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

Hometown report: Bicycle racing, youth track

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

 
Bowling report for April 26, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B4

Bayless’ layup at buzzer gives Bucks 92-90 win over Bulls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Nets beat Hawks 91-83, pull within 2-1 in series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

Sports on TV for Sunday, April 26, 2015

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B5

 
This date in sports history for April 26

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Business

Veggies take center plate as healthy fast food chains expand

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

 
What’s in a hotel name? Guests try to decipher the mystery

By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

Is ice cream safe? Federal health officials say yes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
 
Don’t panic, college seniors: Jobs for grads likely to grow

By The Associated Press | From Page: B9 | Gallery

.

Obituaries

Nicole Herdia Spann

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

 
Reginald Morris Davis

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A4

Kirk Noonan

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Sandra King

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Elizabeth Cepeda

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4, 1 Comment

 
Janis Ruth (Sefzik) Skinner

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics