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

By MSN TV Oct 17, 2012 10:19AM


By Michelle Strub



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.


Bing: Danny Pudi | ‘Community’


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 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!




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!


Plus, watch this DVD extra interview clip with James Earl Jones

By MSN TV Partner Tue 12:47 PM
"The Big Bang Theory" begins its eighth season on Monday Sept. 22, then switches to its regular Thursday timeslot on October 30.

If that's too much to handle, why not get a copy of last season on DVD, now available in stores and online. Bazinga!

Now you can enter to win one of five DVDs of "The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season," courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Best of all, one lucky winner will receive a signed copy of the Blu-Ray edition!

Here's how to enter:
  1. Follow MSN TV on Twitter or Facebook
  2. Tweet or comment the following message: "I want to win the #TBBT giveaway"
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Complete these steps by midnight PT Sept. 22, 2014. We will select up to five winners, plus one winner for the grand prize, at random by noon PT Sept. 23, 2014.

Watch this DVD extra clip featuring that dishes about how TBBT producers got the voice of Darth Vader himself guest star on the show:
"The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Seventh Season" is available in stores and online.
Season 8 of "The Big Bang Theory" premieres Sept 22 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Other giveaway details:
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
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  • The prize will be shipped directly from Warner Bros. to the winners.


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:
  1. Follow MSN TV on Twitter or Facebook
  2. Tweet or comment the following message: "I want to win the #Supernatural giveaway"
  3. Email with the following subject (include your twitter handle or Facebook name): "I want to win the #Supernatural giveaway"
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:
  • Open to U.S. residents only.
  • NO P.O. boxes, please.
  • We will not distribute your email address.
  • 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