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What’s up for Season 4 and our favorite Greendale student

By MSN TV Oct 17, 2012 10:19AM

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By Michelle Strub

MSN TV

 

The Season 4 premiere of “Community” has been put on hold for the time being, but we just couldn’t wait any longer to get in our Abed-fix. We recently talked with Danny Pudi, who plays the Greendale student with a passion for film studies and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, about the cult hit and where the gang is going next.

 

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Danny – who is every bit as fun to talk with as you might expect – hinted at what graduation looks like for the Greendale study group and answered the question that has been on every “Community” fan’s mind since Season 1: Will there ever be a Troy and Abed spin-off series?

 

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MSN TV: Hi, Danny. Thanks so much for talking with us. Let’s jump into it! What can we expect to see on “Community” this season? What’s going to happen with graduation? And random question, will we ever get to see Beverly D’Angelo guest star, reuniting her with Chevy Chase?

 

Danny Pudi: Oh, wow, I actually would love to see that. [Laughs] That’s a great suggestion. I would say, "antics" with a lowercase a, "antics" with an uppercase a and "antics" with the entire word caps locked.

 

All right!

 

Actually, I don’t know. It’s Season 4, so I kind of think right away that we’re addressing that it is senior year at Greendale. In terms of the arc of the show, it’s nice to get to a Season 4 and I think we were all hopeful. And after this year [see offscreen drama: Chevy Chase feuds with producers, Dan Harmon gets fired], I think that we’re just all thankful to see what it’s like for these students who have been at Greendale for four years. So that is something that we address right away and, um, we haven’t seen Beverly D’Angelo yet, but I will definitely let you know when she’s around! We have some other great guest stars: Malcolm McDowell, Matt Lucas, Tricia Helfer.

 

We do an episode where we get to go to an Inspector Spacetime convention, which I think was such a treat. In some ways it’s a little gift to all of our fans for supporting us and Inspector Spacetime and bringing that to life. For all the fans of “Doctor Who” out there, I think they’ll get a kick out of this one.

 

And, you know, we meet Jeff Winger’s dad early on in Season 4. I think the great thing about our show is that through each season, there have been multiple episodes where if you just describe it, it sounds painful and confusing and emotionally heartbreaking – like in Season 1 when Abed’s dad comes to school and he makes a video explaining that his parents don’t understand him and you want to cry – but somehow it’s funny.

 

“Community” does a really good job with that: making commonly difficult situations funny and lighthearted.

 

Yeah, and I think we need both. I think that’s what our show needs. In order to have the funny we really need to have the grounded, heartfelt moments into each of these characters that shows what they’re going through and what they’ve been going through. And I think that’s what makes these characters more relatable, too.

 

Absolutely. Do you think you’ll be doing anymore “themed” episodes this season (i.e. the 8-bit video game episode a la Season 3)?

 

Not so much. Our Halloween episode does have sort of a nice traditional the-Greendale-gang-goes-on-a-mission feel to it. It’s very true to our “Community” Halloween episodes, which I really like. There’s definitely something that happens in terms of the study group, and we all have to get together to figure it out. So, uh, I’m excited about that, you know. In terms of other themes, we’ve talked about the “Hunger Games” a little bit in our first episode. So that’s one thing that we’re touching on.

 

That’ll be interesting! Can’t wait to see how that plays out.

 

Yeah! There are some pictures on the Internet of Dean Pelton preparing for it, so if you want to be inspired, take a look at that.

 

Yikes, we will for sure! OK, we have to ask: Is there any chance of a Troy and Abed spin-off for TV?

 

[Laughs] I don’t know. I highly doubt it. I tell people that it would be the most obnoxious show ever. It’d be much like an episode of “Double Dare” where everyone is just doused in weird stuff. Most of Troy and Abed’s stuff is just weird and strange. I mean, they literally walk around campus with two suitcases full of tacos for no reason. So, uh, it would be a show where I don’t know if anyone would really get it. I think I’d highly enjoy it but no one would get it. I think if “Community” is barely getting ratings, then a Troy and Abed spin-off would probably get maybe six to seven people watching.

 

You might be surprised. There is definitely a cult following. We’d watch!

 

Thank you! Thank you! Now I know you and I know my mom would watch. I would probably watch. [Laughs] But, no, that’s the one cool thing about the show. It does have this devout fan base that’s kept us going strong.

 

So what’s going to happen post-graduation and maybe post-“Community”? We know you’re a relatively new dad to twins, so that’s keeping you busy, and we also see that you’re a spokesman for Speedstick’s “Handle It” campaign? Can you tell us more?

 

I’ll start with Speedstick. We’re working on this campaign right now, which has been really fun. A couple of months ago they came to me, and we have been reaching out and asking guys to tweet their funny, uncomfortable situations that they’ve been in where they’ve been able to conquer them and have managed to keep their cool under pressure. It can be anything, and it was under hash tag #handleit. It’s been really fun to see the different stories they’ve been in. One guy told us about being on a beach and playing Frisbee and hitting a lady in the head and pointing to a child next to him and blaming it on the child. I thought that was great. I’d love to witness that. Do you rat on the guy? Do you do that? It also depends on the child. Will the child be young enough to remember it? So it’s like those kinds of moments, which I love.

 

So we picked one winner, and the video is now live. We made his story into a video and I narrated it and did a voice-over. And in that story, a gentleman shrunk his girlfriend’s laundry and convinced her that it now looks even better on her. So kudos to him for being crafty and convincing with his words. So, yeah, that’s on www.youtube.com/speedstick. That’s the one project.

 

And, yeah, had babies about eight months ago. Um, they are incredible. Highly entertaining. I am immediately -- I have more empathy for all parents of the world. Both my wife and I have tennis elbow, and we don’t play tennis. [Laughs] It’s been pretty incredible.

 

So I have that going on, and on top of that a couple of buddies and I just put together a little Web series called Book Club for the YOMYOMF YouTube channel. That was fun! It was just sort of a side project that I had fun working on. It’s called the Book Club and it’s on YouTube every Wednesday.

 

We’ll have to check that out!

 

Yeah!

 

Well, any last words for your fans out there?

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Again, lowercase t, uppercase t, caps lock across the board for giving me a job and letting me do what I love every day. I appreciate it and love you!

 

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.
 

Plus, watch a DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide"

By MSN TV Jun 10, 2014 9:24AM
Just in time for the 5th season premiere, MSN TV is giving away the Season 4 DVD of TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles". At the end of Season 4, the popular series left us wondering last season if Jane (Angie Harmon) might be pregnant.

Season 4 is also the final season featuring cast member Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide last year. Young played detective Barry Frost, and the "R&I" will pay tribute to the actor the first two episodes of the upcoming season.

Watch our exclusive DVD extra, "Fact and Fiction Collide" where you get more insight behind the Paddy Doyle storylines. Then enter our giveaway:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #Rizzoli&Isles giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on June 16, 2014 and we'll select two winners at random by 12 p.m. PT June 17, 2014.

Other details:
Open to U.S. residents only but no P.O. Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address 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.

"Rizzoli & Isles" Season 5 premieres June 17 at 9PM ET/PT  on TNT. "Rizzoli & Isles: The Complete Fourth Season" is now available in stores and online.

 

Exclusive pics gives perspective from Drew Carey's suit lapel

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 11:17AM
This week is Socially Awesome Week on "The Price Is Right", where followers have been and will be participating via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

For Tuesday's Pinterest show, host Drew Carey wore a camera on his lapel, which snapped candid shots throughout the taping. Get a first look at a few of these photos from the episode, first on MSN TV:

In the dressing room, Mr. Carey sans glasses!
Photo Credit: CBSGetting ready for the cameras:
lPhoto credit: CBSSpinning the wheel:
Photo credit: CBSCool prizes:
Photo credit: CBSTuesday will also feature a sweepstakes where fans will have the opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest.

Other highlights from this week includes Friday's "You Decide" show, which will feature fan-driven content decided by the show's Twitter audience. "The Young and The Restless" stars Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard will appear as guest models as well. 

Watch a preview here:
For all of the shows social handles, www.priceisright.com

"The Price Is Right" airs weekdays 11AM ET, 10AM PT on CBS. The special Pinterest episode airs June 3.
 

Official extended trailer for the upcoming vampire horror series

By MSN TV Partner Jun 2, 2014 9:06AM
This summer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan brings their best-selling vampire horror novels to the small screen. Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro star as members of a special CDC team sent in to investigate unexplainable viral outbreaks.

Thanks to our friends at Xbox Video, see the official extended trailer for FX's "The Strain" before it is available anywhere else:



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

More "The Strain"
| "The Strain" on Facebook

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

What summer premieres are you excited for? Tell us on Facebook and Twitter.
 

It's Coronation Day for the 'Ellen' cuties

By MSN TV May 19, 2014 10:00AM
Sophia Grace and Rosie made a viral splash with their sassy rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" on 'Ellen'. The YouTube clip where the girls meet Nicki has received over 76 million views since their first appearance on Ellen's show three years ago.

The young British girls have a new movie coming out this week, 'Sophia Grace & Rosie's Royal Adventure', where they attend the coronation of a new queen. Scroll down to watch clip of one of their sweet appearances on "Ellen", and then enter to win both the DVD and a signed poster from the little stars!

How to enter:

1. Like MSN TV on Facebook or Twitter

2. Tweet or comment the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

3. Email msn_tv_buzz@hotmail.​​com with the following message: I want to win the @MSNTV #SophiaGraceandRosie giveaway

And that's it! Complete both steps by 11:59 p.m. PT on May 23, 2014 and we'll select five winners at random by 12 p.m. PT May 27, 2014.

Other details:
Open to US residents only but no PO Boxes, please. We will not distribute your email address. Your email address 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.

Good luck!