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Comedic actor talks about 'Community,' his guest role on 'Sons of Anarchy' and more

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Sep 7, 2012 1:56PM

Joel McHale isn't a zombie or vampire. And sometimes he worries that, because of this, he's not cool enough.

 

Such exaggerated concerns are what make the 40-year-old star of NBC's beloved junior-college comedy, "Community," so funny. The show returns in October. But there's more to McHale than his sharp wit, which he also flexes on "The Soup" on E! Fans will find this out when the Seattle native guest stars on Season 5 of "Sons of Anarchy," which kicks off Tuesday on FX.

 

Bing: More on Joel McHale | NBC's 'Community' | 'The Soup' on E! | 'Sons of Anarchy'

 

The husband and father talked about season 4 of "Community" and his upcoming guest appearance on "Sons of Anarchy," a hit motorcycle drama of which McHale has long been a fan, at a Ford's Random Acts of Fusion event Thursday at Hollywood's the Residences at W.

 

Plus: 10 TV high school cliques we love | Fall TV premiere dates

 

MSN TV: What can you tell us about the fourth season of "Community"? Is it a different show without Dan Harmon?

 

Joel McHale: Well, I knew David Guarascio and Moses Port and they're great guys. I did a pilot with them once ("The IT Crowd") so I knew they were funny. It all came down to the scripts and the table reads and both have been great. And a lot of the writers came back for Season 4. There's dancing in Season 4. It's been great.

 

Are you worried about "Community" airing on Friday nights?

 

We're just thrilled to be back and I'm just glad we're on the air. There's stiff competition every night but who knows? Maybe we'll be OK. "Grimm" has done great on Friday nights. And I think the promotion is something like "If you love 'Community,' you'll love dudes in masks killing each other." The makeup on that show is very good as are the effects. It's extraordinary. And it's shot in Portland.

 

CBS is picking up Eddie Murphy's "Beverly Hills Cop" the TV series, and a lot of people are saying Donald Glover would be perfect to play his son. What do you think about that?

 

He'd be perfect. But he's on "Community" right now. So he can't do that. So, I'm sorry. And no, we can't spare him. I don't think NBC would allow it. I don't think he can. I think Eddie Murphy should do it. I could do it. I could totally play his son. We're casting my dad on the fourth season of "Community" and I've suggested Eddie Murphy.  

 

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Tell us more about your guest starring role on "Sons of Anarchy." Is it fun playing a dramatic role?

 

I play a bad guy named Warren on two episodes. I am a bad conman  -- as if there are great ones. But I play not a good person. It was great. I got to shoot guns and crash cars and do all sorts of cool stuff. When anyone puts a gun full of blanks in it, I'm firing that thing off. I did. They gave me a gun and I was like "Blam!" People were like "Hey, fire in the hole." And I was like "Sorry, I was just too excited." That really happened.

 

Was it hard to juggle that with "Community"?

 

Nah. I shot it before "Community" started. It was really awesome. It was fun. I got to work with the whole gang. I'm not sure when my episodes are airing but they are an efficient machine. They came on "The Soup." That's how I got offered the role. Katey Sagal is amazing. She should win an Emmy. She is really good on that show. Really good. Like remarkable. She does not get enough credit. That's ridiculous. I can't name another show like that.

 

What about you? Shouldn't you be nominated for your work on "Community"?

 

Wait a minute. No, seriously. Look at something like "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia." They deserve to be nominated and they haven't been.

 

Word on the street is all of your scenes are with Katey Sagal and Jimmy Smits. What was that like?

 

Jimmy Smits was awesome too. I had never worked with either one of them before other than Katey coming on "The Soup" and she was really funny. But yeah, she is a class act. I am fond of her. And Jimmy Smits? Come on? He smells good. He smells like freedom. I don't know what that means but that's what came into my nose.

 

"Sons of Anarchy" returns for a fifth season Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX. "The Soup" airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E! "Community" returns Friday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

 

 

Plus, watch a DVD extra clip, 'Bound by blood'

By MSN TV Partner Sep 9, 2014 10:58AM
"Supernatural" returns this to The CW in October for its 10th season. If you need a fix now, "Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season" arrives in stores and online today.

Even better, MSN TV is giving away the DVD to this fan favorite. Here's how to enter:
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Complete these steps by midnight PT Sept. 15, 2014. We will select up to five winners at random by noon PT Sept. 16, 2014.

But wait, there's more! Watch this DVD extra clip, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look into the life-or-death decisions Dean has to make about his brother:
"Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season" is available in stores and online.
Season 10 of "Supernatural" returns to the CW on Oct. 7.


Other giveaway details:
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  • Your email will only be used to notify you if you are the winner of this giveaway.
  • The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.

 

Will the E.R. doc win it all?

By MSN TV Partner Sep 5, 2014 12:59PM
Wannabe ninjas have been waiting for this moment all summer. The "American Ninja Warrior" finals, held in Las Vegas, will wrap up what's been a season of incredible feats and firsts.

Fan favorite Noah Kaufman is among the finalists. His appearance on the show last year was, as he says "from the couch" or without much training. For this season he got a little (or maybe a lot) more serious, and it shows in his performance.

Watch this exclusive clip of Noah's finals start here:

"American Ninja Warrior" airs Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
An encore presentation airs Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Esquire Network.


 

By MSN TV Partner Sep 3, 2014 10:30AM
Iin tonight's episode of "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" you'll see the story of of how Josh Flagg ended up in a golden wheelchair. Will this stop him from closing a big deal?

Meanwhile Josh Altman is getting caught up in wedding planning, but without Heather!? We've got this hilarious exclusive clip for you here:

"Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo.

 

Wait, Donald's a nervous sailor? But that outfit...

By MSN TV Partner Aug 7, 2014 4:44PM
In homage to the classic Mickey Mouse cartoons, Disney Channel has been showing "Mickey Mouse" shorts, featuring Mickey and his BFFs, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto. Hilarious situations that are fun for kids and grown-ups alike.

In this new short premiering tomorrow, Donald reveals he doesn’t know how to sail - his outfit is purely due to the fact that Daisy loves a, um, man in uniform.

MSN TV has this exclusive image from the short. You can also view a clip here:

The Mickey Mouse short "Donald the Sailor" airs at 8:55 p.m. ET/PT on Friday August 8 on Disney Channel.
 

Geek alert: 'Mythbusters' hosts lend their voices in this special episode

By MSN TV Partner Jul 24, 2014 2:24PM
Loads of fans are getting their geek on at Comic-Con this weekend. For the rest of us, there is the upcoming "Star Wars" themed "Phineas & Ferb" special episode. The animated stepbrothers and their friends will find themselves in a parallel universe, during "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope". Expect encounters with the major players, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2.

MSN TV has this exclusive image of "Mythbusters" hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman as members of the Empire:

Creators and executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh expressed their excitement about adding Savage and Hyneman to the cast: "We’ve been wanting to do something with them for ages, because they are the living adult versions of Phineas and Ferb in the real world. We ran into them at Comic-Con last year and knew that they worked on the original 'Star Wars', so when this opportunity came up we asked if they could come voice a few characters for us. It was really cool for us; we're hoping it was cool for them."

It's definitely cool for us!

"Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" premieres July 26 at 9PM ET/PT on Disney Channel.
 

The animated host reveals her thoughts on new twists for Season 16

By MSN TV Partner Jun 24, 2014 9:07AM
Last week CBS announced some new twists in the upcoming season of "Big Brother" and also introduced the new cast. Just in time for the two-night premiere, MSN TV has exclusive photos of host Julie Chen hamming it up for the cameras. Chen also shared a little bit more insight into what to expect this season.

Photos: Reality TV villains

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn which of the new twists will have the most impact on Houseguest survival week after week:
Julie Chen: "I think "Battle of the Block" will have the most impact on a Houseguest's ability to survive.  First, those competing in it will literally be fighting for their lives in the game.  Second, it will get one of the HOHs (Head of Households) into BIG trouble.  Let’s just say that if I were HOH, I would nominate two weak players."

Video: Meet the new 'Big Brother' houseguests


Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS
On the rooms and design of this season's tree house theme:
"My favorite room in the urban tree house this year is the honeycomb room.  It's cozy and secluded.  A perfect spot to 'buzz' with your alliance members about your team's strategy.  The room has a door you can close for piracy from others.  This is key to have in the house if you want to scheme!"

Video: Take a tour of the 'Big Brother' Tree house

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBSOn her most memorable "Big Brother" interview:
"One of my memorable Big Brother interviews was last year with Aaryn.   I had to check my feelings and ego at the door and set aside any personal bad feelings I had for her ugly comments.  I had to do my job and be fair and straight despite how personally offended I was.  It wasn't easy, but it was memorable." 

Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS

"Big Brother" premieres June 25 at 8PM ET/PT on CBS.

(Photo Credit: Bill Inoshita/CBS) 

Wayne Brady's improv skills nab a nomination for best original song, a first for the show

By MSN TV Partner Jun 18, 2014 11:06AM
The Daytime Emmy Awards are around the corner, and CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" has three nominations. In addition to Best Game Show, host Wayne Brady is nominated twice. No surprise that Brady picked up his fifth nomination for Best Game Show Host, but thanks to those stellar improv skills Brady also finds himself in the Best Original Song category. With the help of keyboardist Cat Gray, watch Brady create this impromptu tune for adoring fan and contestant Daphne:
Over the years, Brady has collected a number of Emmy nominations, and won twice for Best Talk Show Host (for "The Wayne Brady Show"). He also won a Primetime Emmy for his work on "Whose Line Is It Anyway."

The current version of "Let's Make A Deal" has been nominated for Best Game Show twice. This is the first time the show's been nominated in the Best Song category.

"Let's Make A Deal" airs weekdays on CBS. The 41st Daytime Emmys Awards will be live streamed at 8PM ET on June 22 at www.daytimeemmys.net.


 

No sparkles here. "This is absolute, pure horror."

By MSN TV Partner Jun 17, 2014 1:10PM
Earlier this month we shared the trailer for FX's "The Strain", the vampire thriller from director Guillermo del Toro. Today, courtesy of Xbox Video and FX, we are showcasing two behind-the-scenes clips.

Learn more about the story of this modernized vampire world and hear from the cast and crew, including Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, David Bradley and Sean Astin, as well as director del Toro and executive producer Carlton Cuse ("Lost").


The Season Pass for "The Strain" is now available on Xbox Video.

"The Strain" premieres July 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.